Broadway's Take Me Out, currently playing the Hayes Theater via Second Stage Theater, will host a post-show talkback with gay Major League Baseball player Billy Bean and sports journalists Howard Bryant and Kat O'Brien. Set for May 17 following that evening's performance, the talk will be moderated by Ken Davidoff and explore the real-world connections to the Richard Greenberg play, which follows a star baseball player who comes out of the closet. All May 17 ticket holders are invited to stay for the free discussion.
The production is currently nominated for four 2022 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Play and Featured Actor in a Play, the latter for Jesse Williams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Michael Oberholtzer. See the full list of nominees here.
Co-starring with Williams, Ferguson, and Oberholtzer are Patrick J. Adams, Julian Cihi, Hiram Delgado, Brandon J. Dirden, Carl Lundstedt, Ken Marks, Eduardo Ramos, and Tyler Lansing Weaks. The company is rounded out by understudies Ryan Broussard, Michael Castillejos, Lance Takeshi, Stephen Wattrus, and Tim Wright.
The production, which features full-frontal male nudity, requires use of Yondr pouches, into which audience members' phones are placed and locked for the duration of the performance, all while still in guests' own possession. The pouches are then unlocked and collected by staff at the end of the show. Yondr pouches have been seen on Broadway previously during the original run of Freestyle Love Supreme. For more information, visit OverYondr.com.
Take Me Out premiered on Broadway in 2003, winning the Best Play Tony Award. Second Stage's production is the play's first Broadway revival. Ellis and Williams will reportedly continue their work with the piece as it is adapted as a TV mini-series expected to premiere later this year.
Second Stage's revival features scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Bray Poor, and casting by Jim Carnahan. Fight direction is by Sordelet Inc., with Barclay Stiff serving as production stage manager and Kelly Levy as stage manager.