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By Terrence McNally

Directed by Peter DuBois


Previews Begin Tuesday, October 7

Opens Wednesday, November 5

June 26, 2014 – Currently celebrating its 35th Anniversary Season, Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) has announced complete casting for its highly anticipated production of TERRENCE McNALLY’s play, LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART.  The company will feature MICHAEL CHERNUS (Obie Award winner for In the Wake), TRACEE CHIMO (Lortel Award winner for Bad Jews, 2ST Uptown’s Bachelorette), AMERICA FERRERA (Emmy Award winner for “Ugly Betty”) and AUSTIN LYSY (2ST’s The Water’s Edge).  

Returning to New York City for the first time in 23 years, LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART will be directed by PETER DuBOIS (2ST’s Trust, All New People and Becky Shaw) and will begin preview performances on Tuesday, October 7 and officially open on Wednesday, November 5.  Subscriptions are currently available through 2ST.com or by calling the box office at 212-246-4422.

It’s the 4th of July on Fire Island where a brother and sister and their spouses are spending the quintessential American summer weekend in an unfamiliar setting. As their season in the sun unfolds, the two couples do their best to enjoy themselves despite their prejudices and insecurities. The grill is fired up, the drinks are cold and the pool is open but no one is going in. Terrence McNally’s trenchant comedy receives its first New York revival in 23 years under the direction of Peter DuBois.

For subscription or group information, please call the Second Stage Box Office at 212-246-4422 or visit the company’s website, www.2ST.com.  All performances are staged at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre, 305 West 43rd Street (just west of Eighth Avenue).

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MICHAEL CHERNUS (Sam) received an Obie award and a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for his performance as Danny in the Public Theater’s production of Lisa Kron’s In the Wake. He also originated the role of KJ in the world premiere of Annie Baker’s The Aliens at Rattlestick and starred opposite David Hyde Pierce at MTC in Close Up Space.  Films include Captain Phillips, The Bourne Legacy, Men in Black 3, Love and Other Drugs, and the upcoming untitled Cameron Crow feature. He is a series regular on the new WGN-America show “Manhattan.” Other TV credits include recurring as Piper’s brother Cal on “Orange is the New Black” and as Pastor Rick on “The Big C.”

TRACEE CHIMO (Chloe)returns to Second Stage Theater where she originated the role of Regan in Leslye Headland’s Bachelorette.  She recently starred in Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Bad Jews, reprising the role of Daphna, which she originated and for which she earned the 2014 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress.  She originated the role of Lauren in Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons), and appeared on Broadway in Harvey opposite Jim Parsons and in Irena’s Vow. She has received a 2011 Clarence Derwent Award, a 2014 Drama Desk Award, OBIE Award, and two Lucille Lortel nominations for Best Actress. She plays Neri Feldman on Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” and Chrissy Quinn on “The Good Wife.” Her film credits include The Five Year Engagement, Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects, and the upcoming Michael Mann film, Cyber. She played opposite Nathan Lane on HBO’s pilot“The Money.”

AMERICA FERRERA (Sally) is perhaps best known for her performance as Betty Suarez on ABC’s hit comedy “Ugly Betty,” for which she received an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Awards.  Her previous stage appearances include the off-Broadway productions of Dog Sees God, directed by Trip Cullman, and Bethany at The Women’s Project.  She also appeared in the West End as “Roxie Hart” in Chicago.   Her many film credits include Cesar Chavez; The Dry Land, which she also executive produced; End of Watch; It’s a Disaster; Our Family Wedding; How To Train Your Dragon (and its sequel); The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (and its sequel); the bilingual independent film Towards Darkness, which she executive produced; Under The Same Moon; Steel City; Lords of Dogtown; How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer; and her breakout performance in Real Women Have Curves, for which she earned her a Sundance Jury Award for Best Actress and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance.  She can next be seen in X/Y,which she also produced, opposite Amber Tamblyn, Melonie Diaz and Common. Other TV credits include a recurring role on “The Good Wife,” as well as the PBS and international broadcasts of the Half The Sky project.

AUSTIN LYSY (John)returns to Second Stage Theatre where he appeared in Theresa Rebeck’s The Water’s Edge opposite Kate Burton and Tony Goldwyn.  He has appeared on Broadway in The American Plan and Macbeth.  Other Off Broadway credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Public-NYSF); All That I Will Ever Be (NYTW); Manic Flight Reaction and Other People (Playwrights Horizons); Hobson’s Choice (Atlantic); The Fall (Toad Productions/Singularity); Hunter for Hunter Green (Singularity).  Regional credits include productions at NYS&F, Barrington Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre, and Westport Playhouse.  TV/Film work includes “Elementary,” “The Good Wife,” “Person of Interest,” “A Gifted Man,” “Blue Bloods,” “CSI:NY,” “The Unusuals,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Gossip Girl,” “Six Degrees,” “Law & Order,” “Hack,” And So It Goes, Arbitrage, Five Days Gone, The Company Men, Everybody’s Fine, Poster Boy, Hitch, Brooklyn Lobster, Perfume.

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LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART will be performed from Tuesday, October 7, through Sunday, November 23 on the following schedule: Tuesday at 7:00pm, Wednesday – Saturday at 8:00pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00pm and Sunday at 3:00pm.

Subscriptions are currently available by phoning 212-246-4422 or online at www.2ST.com.

Box-office hours are Monday, 10:00am – 6:00pm, Tuesday 10:00am – 7:00pm, Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00am to 8:00pm, and Sunday, 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Please note the following exceptions to the performance calendar:

There will be no 2pm performance on Wednesday, October 8.

The performance schedule for Sunday, October 12 is 2pm and 7pm.

There will be no 2pm performance on Wednesday, November 5.

The performance on Wednesday, November 5 will begin at 6:30pm.

All weeknight performances the week of October 27 will be at 7pm.

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Founded in 1979 under the leadership of Artistic Director Carole Rothman, SECOND STAGE THEATRE produces a diverse range of premieres and new interpretations of America’s best contemporary theatre, including Tiny Alice and Peter and Jerry by Edward Albee; The Good Times Are Killing Me by Lynda Barry; The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane; Little Murders by Jules Feiffer; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin; A Soldier’s Play by Charles Fuller; Afterbirth: Kathy & Mo’s Greatest Hits by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy; Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo; Painting Churches and Coastal Disturbances by Tina Howe; Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants and On the Stem by Ricky Jay; Next to Normal by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey; Living Out by Lisa Loomer; This Is Our Youth and The Waverly Gallery by Kenneth Lonergan; Some Men by Terrence McNally; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage; eurydice by Sarah Ruhl; Everyday Rapture by Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott; Let Me Down Easy by Anna Deavere Smith; Saturday Night by Stephen Sondheim; Crowns by Regina Taylor; Uncommon Women and Others by Wendy Wasserstein; Spoils of War by Michael Weller; Before It Hits Home, Jar the Floor and Birdie Blue by Cheryl L. West; Jitney by August Wilson; Lemon Sky, Serenading Louie and Sympathetic Magic by Lanford Wilson; and Metamorphoses and The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci by Mary Zimmerman.

The company’s more than 130 citations include the 2010 Pulitzer prize for Next to Normal, the 2009 Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Orchestrations, and Best Actress in a Musical (Alice Ripley) for Next to Normal, the 2007 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play (Julie White, The Little Dog Laughed), 2005 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical (Rachel Sheinkin, …Spelling Bee) and Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Dan Fogler, …Spelling Bee), 2002 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play (Mary Zimmerman for Metamorphoses), the 2002 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work, 27 Obie Awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Clarence Derwent Awards, 12 Drama Desk Awards, nine Theatre World Awards, 14 Lucille Lortel Awards, the NY Drama Critics Circle Award and 15 AUDELCO Awards.

In 1999, Second Stage Theatre opened The Tony Kiser Theatre, its state-of-the-art, 296-seat theatre, designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.  In 2002, Second Stage launched “Second Stage Theatre Uptown” series to showcase the work of up and coming artists at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre.  The Theatre supports artists through several programs that include residencies, fellowships and commissions, and engages students and community members through education and outreach programs.


Second Stage Theatre has acquiredthe right to purchase the historic Helen Hayes Theatre, located at 240 W. 44th Street.  With this new home, Second Stage will be the only theatre company on Broadway dedicated exclusively to the development and presentation of contemporary American theatrical productions.  Second Stage will also become one of only four non-profit theatre companies that own and operate theatres on Broadway.  The company will continue to lease and operate their original theatres on the city’s Upper West Side and in Midtown Manhattan.

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