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Ferrera heading Off-Broadway

America Ferrera is returning to the New York stage.

The Emmy-winning Ugly Betty star will take on a lead role in an upcoming revival of Terrence McNally’s 1991 comedy Lips Together, Teeth Apart, according to Broadway.com.

The outlet reports America will play a character named Sally in the production, co-starring Michael Chernus, Tracee Chimo and Austin Lysy.

The play tells the story of a brother and sister as they spend the United States' Independence Day weekend in The Hamptons with their spouses while having to confront their prejudices when the area turns into a “gay paradise”, according to the website.

The show is scheduled to open in the fall, with Peter DuBois directing.

Performances are scheduled to begin October 7 at the Tony Kiser Theatre, with opening night scheduled for November 5.

The play was a hit after its premiere at the Manhattan Theatre Club more than two decades ago, with Christine Baranski, Nathan Lane, Swoosie Kurtz and Anthony Heald originating their roles.

Lips Together was last scheduled for a revival on the New York stage back in 2010, but was cancelled amid rumours of differences between the cast and creative team, according to Variety.

The play is the latest in a string for America, who previously appeared in Off-Broadway shows Dog Sees God and Bethany, as well as the West End production of Chicago.

The actress also received an Emmy for her role the awkward but well-meaning Betty Suarez in hit US TV comedy Ugly Betty.

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