Emmy winner America Ferrera will star as Sally in the previously announced Second Stage production of Lips Together, Teeth Apart. The revival of Terrence McNally’s comedy, under the direction of Peter DuBois, will also star Michael Chernus as Sam, Tracee Chimo as Chloe and Austin Lysy as John. Performances will begin on October 7 at the Tony Kiser Theatre. Opening night is set for November 5.
Ferrera received an Emmy for her performance as Betty Suarez on the ABC comedy Ugly Betty. On stage, she has appeared off-Broadway in Dog Sees God and Bethany and in the West End in Chicago. Chernus' off-Broadway credits include In the Wake, The Aliens and Close Up Space. On screen, he has appeared in Captain Phillips, The Bourne Legacy and Orange is the New Black. Chimo returns to Second Stage after starring in Bachelorette; her additional stage credits include Harvey, Bad Jews and Circle Mirror Transformation. Lysy has appeared on Broadway in The American Plan and Macbeth, as well as off-Broadway in Second Stage’s The Water’s Edge.
In Lips Together, Teeth Apart, a brother and sister and their spouses spend a Fourth of July weekend in a Fire Island beach house. Thrown into a gay paradise, they do their best to enjoy themselves despite their prejudices and insecurities. This marks the first New York revival of the comedy in 23 years. A Broadway production starring Megan Mullally was announced in 2009 then subsequently canceled after the actress' departure.