America Ferrera Returns to the Stage in 'Lips Together, Teeth Apart'

2:30 PM PST 06/26/2014 by David Rooney
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America Ferrera

Also starring in the off Broadway revival of Terrence McNally's acerbic 1991 comedy are Michael Chernus, Tracee Chimo and Austin Lysy.

NEW YORK — Casting is in place for Second Stage Theatre's upcoming revival of Terrence McNally's Lips Together, Teeth Apart, which marks the first time the biting 1991 comedy has been seen in New York in 23 years.

America Ferrera, who previously appeared off Broadway in Dog Sees God and Bethany, will star alongside Michael Chernus and Tracee Chimo, both of whom have been seen in recurring roles on Orange Is the New Black. Austin Lysy rounds out the cast.

The play takes place over the 4th of July weekend and tells the story of two straight couples sharing a Fire Island house in the middle of the gay community. Their bitching and bantering, prejudices and insecurities gradually reveal each member of the foursome's desperate isolation.

Peter DuBois directs the production, which begins previews at Second Stage on Oct. 7 and officially opens Nov. 5.

The play was a long-running hit for Manhattan Theatre Club in its premiere off Broadway production, which originally starred Christine Baranski, Nathan Lane, Swoosie Kurtz and Anthony Heald.

The revival is part of a busy year for McNally on New York stages. His latest drama, Mothers and Sons, just wrapped its Broadway run, and his earlier comedy It's Only a Play is also being revived in the fall, with a starry cast that includes Lane, Matthew Broderick, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, Megan Mullally and Rupert Grint.

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