Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Zachary Quinto staging Terrence McNally play reading

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Actors Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Zachary Quinto are teaming up to stage a virtual reading of Terrence Mcnally play Lips Together, Teeth Apart to raise coronavirus relief funds.

The stars will be joined by Celia Keenan-Bolger and Ari Graynor for the event, designed to both honor the iconic playwright following his March 24, 2020, death from coronavirus complications, and benefit the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund.

Tom Kirdahy, McNally’s husband and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Board of Trustees member, writes in a statement: “Terrence used his work to make seemingly insurmountable societal issues seem surmountable through his belief in our unwavering human spirit.

“Seeing Terrence’s rage, humor, love, and empathy in the face of a virus feels right during this time.”

The 1991 play follows two straight couples who spend a weekend in a gay community at the height of the AIDS pandemic, which claims the life of a relative.

Choir Boy and Lobby Hero director Trip Cullman will oversee the special reading, which will be live-streamed on, its Facebook page and YouTube channels on April 6, 2020, starting at 8pm EST.