The Grey’s Anatomy star made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning play Take Me Out
Jesse Williams, best known for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery in the long-running medical drama grey’s anatomy, was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in his Broadway debut take me out.
Hours after news of William’s nomination broke, a nude video of the actor being recorded by one surfaced take me out Viewers was leaked online, and the clip quickly made the rounds on Twitter.
You need to know.
What is the video leaked online?
Actor Jesse Williams’ name started trending on Monday (May 9) after a video of a scene from his Broadway performance tweeted take me out was shared online.
The scene that took place in the leaked video was Williams’ nude scene while his character is in the baseball team’s locker room, where much of the play takes place.
To protect Williams and his fellow actors, who are also appearing nude, Second Stage’s Hayes Theater requires all viewers to place their phones in sealed cases before the show, but a theatergoer broke rules to take a photo of Williams receive .
Patrick J Adams (Suits, legends of tomorrow) who plays along take me out with Williams, he said New York Daily News that it was “a magical experience taking viewers’ phones away, just getting everyone off their phones for two hours”.
Adams added, “It’s definitely nice to know that we’re safe on stage, naked and not recorded.”
The clip was posted online hours after Williams was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Play.
What is the play about?
take me out is a Tony Award-winning play written by playwright Richard Greenberg.
It is primarily set in the locker room of a professional baseball team and stars an all-male cast.
In the play, Darren Lemming, the mixed-race star center fielder of the fictional baseball team Empires, turns out to be gay.
Second Stage, which is producing the current season of the series, says, “Faced with some hostile teammates and strained friendships, Darren must grapple with the challenges of being a gay person of color within the confines of a classic American institution.
“As the Empires struggle to prepare for a championship season, players and their fans are beginning to question tradition, their loyalty and the price of victory.”
Did Jesse Williams address the video?
Williams didn’t directly address the leaked video, but he did speak of going on stage naked See what’s happening live with Andy Cohen, where he appeared on the side take me out co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family, Pete the Cat).
When asked if he should strip in front of an audience every night, Williams said, “Everyone around me [was] go: “Are you serious? Are you sure? naked, naked? Naked?” and everyone makes such a big deal.
“It’s a body, as soon as you see it you realize it’s whatever. It’s a body.
“I just don’t need to make it such a big deal.”
The episode was reportedly filmed before the leak.
What did the theater industry say about the video?
After the video began circulating online, many theater industry professionals took to social media to condemn the recording.
The Second Stage Theater shared a statement online, which read: “The Second Stage Theater has worked to ensure the privacy of the take me out Company by creating a phone-free space with locked phone cases at all performances.
“We are appalled that this policy has been violated and unauthorized footage of our acting company has been released. It is deeply unfortunate that a viewer chose to disregard the production, their fellow viewers, and most importantly, the cast in this manner.
“Taking nude photos of someone without their consent is highly objectionable and can have serious legal consequences.
“The publication on the Internet is a gross and unacceptable breach of trust between the actor and the audience, forged in the theater community.
“We actively monitor takedown requests and ask that no one participate in the distribution of these images.
“Second Stage is also adding additional staff to the theater to enforce the policy.”
Ferguson retweeted Second Stage Theater’s statement, adding, “I am appalled at the disrespect shown to our company’s actors, whose vulnerability is paramount on stage every night take me out
“Anyone who applauds or trivializes this behavior has lost nothing in the theater, which has always been a safe space for artists and audience.”
He followed in another tweet, which read: “And really, if you come for nudity…you’re in for a long, boring night. It’s within a challenging two and a half hour play of big ideas, beautiful language and remarkable acting from a cast of 11 actors that you also have to see through. You will get bored.”
Kate Shindle, President of the Actors’ Equity Association, said: “We strongly condemn the creation and distribution of photographs and videos of our members during a nude scene.
“As actors, we regularly agree that we are vulnerable on stage to tell difficult and challenging stories. That doesn’t mean we approve of these vulnerable moments being shared by anyone who feels like smuggling a recording device into the theater.
“Anyone who did this knew not only that they were filming actors without their consent, but also that they were explicitly violating the theatre’s recording and distribution ban.
“In every performance there is a mutual understanding between the audience and the performers that we are sharing an experience limited to that time and place; This trust allows us to be exposed both emotionally and physically.
“Following this agreement by taking and distributing these photos and videos is both sexual harassment and an appalling breach of consent.
“It’s an injury that hampers our collective ability to tell stories with boldness and bravery.”