1. We get to watch an all-star cast getting their baseball on ... and taking their clothes off!
The cast of Take Me Out reads like a "who's who" of TV stars; with Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Suits' Patrick J. Adams and Grey's Anatomy's Jesse Williams taking center stage.
But before you buy tickets, be warned that this isn't a family-friendly sitcom! Take Me Out contains adult situations and nudity.
2. We get to see new work by JC Lee!
This acclaimed writer brings his post-pandemic vacation comedy, To My Girls, to the Tony Kiser Theater! You may be familiar with his award-winning thriller movie Luce (starring Naomi Watts & Octavia Spencer). He has also written episodes for hit TV shows How to Get Away with Murder, Looking and Girls.
3. We get to explore the queer experience from two different angles.
Take Me Out tells the story of Darren Lemming, a star baseball player who is forced to face hostile teammates and long-held prejudices after coming out as gay. Darren contends with the challenges of being a gay person of color within the confines of a classic American institution.
To My Girls, however, is a celebration of friendship among three generations of gay men, reconnecting after the pandemic on a sun-filled vacation to Palm Springs ... one that's not short on drama!
4. We get to see theatre made by the LGBTQIA+ community!
Fun Fact: To My Girls boasts a predominantly queer cast & creative team.
5. Both shows are sparking interesting conversations among our community!
Both shows explore different facets of the LGBTQIA+ experience and are garnering a variety of responses from audiences -- from dated and anachronistic to timely and resonant. It just goes to show that no one audience -- as no one group with a shared identity -- is a monolith! That's why we love theatre, for the diversity of reactions that can be sparked by the same piece of art. We can't wait to hear what you think.