Jesse Williams to Play Gay Baseball Pro in Broadway’s “Take Me Out”

The "Grey's Anatomy" star will likely take it all out in the 2020 revival.

Play balls!

Jesse Williams will make his Broadway debut in the upcoming Broadway revival of Richard Greenberg’s Tony-winning play Take Me Out, which tackles homophobia, racism, and toxic masculinity in sports.

The 37-year-old Grey’s Anatomy heartthrob will star as Darren Lemming, a mixed-race major league baseball star who comes out as gay.

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Directed by Scott Ellis (Tootsie), the Second Stage production will premiere in spring 2020. The play, set largely in a steamy locker room, notably features an all-male cast and full-frontal nudity.

Take Me Out “celebrates the personal and professional intricacies of America’s favorite pastime,” according to an official press announcement.

“When Darren Lemming (Williams), the star center fielder for the Empires, comes out of the closet, the reception off the field reveals a barrage of long-held unspoken prejudices. Facing some hostile teammates and fraught friendships, Darren is forced to contend with the challenges of being a gay person of color within the confines of a classic American institution. As the Empires struggle to rally toward a championship season, the players and their fans begin to question tradition, their loyalties, and the price of victory.”

It’s been confirmed that Empire actor Jussie Smollett had been considered for the role prior to his hate crime investigation.

Daniel Sunjata played Lemming in the original 2003 Broadway production of Take Me Out, which won the Tony Award for Best Play. The show also earned Tonys for featured actor Denis O’Hare and director Joe Mantello.

Williams plays Dr. Jackson Avery on Grey’s Anatomy, which wrapped its 15th season last month on ABC. In 2008 he made his film debut as a nude art class model in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.

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His other film roles include The Butler and The Cabin in the Woods. He produced and appeared in the docuseries America Divided and the documentary Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement.

An outspoken civil rights activist, Williams made headlines with his 2016 BET Humanitarian Award acceptance speech condemning racial injustice and police brutality.

Williams is the youngest member on the board of directors at both the Advancement Project, a civil rights advocacy group, and Sankofa.org, Harry Belafonte’s arts and social justice organization. He is also executive producer of Question Bridge: Black Males, a multimedia arts project focused on black male identity.

Take Me Out begins April 2 and opens April 23, 2020, at Second Stage’s Hayes Theater.

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