Jesse Tyler Ferguson to Star Off-Broadway in 'Log Cabin'
The new play by 'Marjorie Prime' author Jordan Harrison will premiere in June 2018 at Playwrights Horizons, directed by Tony winner Pam MacKinnon.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson has set his return to the New York stage, booking the lead role in Log Cabin, the new satire by Marjorie Prime playwright and Orange is the New Black writer-producer Jordan Harrison.
Ferguson will play Ezra in the ensemble-driven comedy set in 2015 among a tight-knit circle of married gay men and lesbians. While they appear comfortable in the new mainstream of acceptance and inclusivity, their self-perception, their rights and their liberal views look different when seen through the eyes of a transgender friend, exposing inequalities in the march toward progress.
Pam MacKinnon, a Tony winner in 2013 for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, will direct the off-Broadway production, which begins previews June 1 at Playwrights Horizons, with an official opening June 25. The limited engagement will run through July 15. MacKinnon also will be represented on Broadway this season with her production of Beau Willimon's The Parisian Woman, starring Uma Thurman.
Harrison's play Marjorie Prime was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, also produced at Playwrights Horizons; it was adapted for the screen and directed by Michael Almereyda, starring Jon Hamm, Lois Smith, Geena Davis and Tim Robbins.
Ferguson has been a frequent presence in New York theater, both before and since his breakout role on ABC's Modern Family. He made his Broadway debut in a 1998 revival of On the Town, was in the original cast in 2005 of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and starred in 2016 in the one-person, multi-character comedy Fully Committed.
Off-Broadway, Ferguson has been a regular in the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park summer productions, appearing in The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, The Winter's Tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Comedy of Errors.
Additional casting for Log Cabin is to be announced.