Written by Richard Greenberg
Original language English
First performance 5 September 2002
Place premiered Donmar Warehouse
Date premiered 2002
Playwright Richard Greenberg
Nominations Pulitzer Prize for Drama
|Characters Darren LemmingKippy SunderstromMason MarzacShane MungittDavey BattleToddy KoovitzRodriguezMartinezSkipperWilliam R. DanzigerJason ChenierTakeshi KawabataPolicemen|
Subject Homophobia, racism, and class in sport
Similar Richard Greenberg plays, Dramas
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Take Me Out is a 2002 play by American playwright Richard Greenberg originally staged by Donmar Warehouse, London, with The Public Theater. It premiered Off-Broadway on September 5, 2002, at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, and made its Broadway debut on February 27, 2003, at the Walter Kerr Theatre, where it ran 355 performances. It won the 2003 Tony Award for Best Play.
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- Richmond triangle players take me out
- Original London cast 2002
- Original Broadway cast 2003 2004
- Original Singapore Cast 2014
Richmond triangle players take me out
Much of the play is set in the locker room of a professional baseball team, and as such has an all-male cast that explores themes of homophobia, racism, class, and masculinity in sports.
The play's main character, Darren Lemming, is a popular and successful mixed-race baseball player at the peak of his career when he decides to come out. Several of his teammates react strongly (some supportive and accepting, and some not), and the drama plays out over the course of a baseball season with tragic consequences.
While Glenn Burke was out to teammates and team owners in the 1970s and Billy Bean came out in 1999 after retiring from playing in Major League Baseball for eight seasons, at the time of the writing of this play no Major League Baseball player had ever come out to the public during his career. This play is the dramatic exploration of what such an event might be like.
Playwright Greenberg has stated that one of the compulsions for creating a baseball play was his complete immersion into the sport in 1999 after following the New York Yankees' (then-)record 114-win season the previous year, beginning with David Wells' perfect game. Many believe the inspiration for Lemming is American Major League Baseball player Derek Jeter of the Yankees, and for racist pitcher Shane Mungitt, former National League pitcher John Rocker, then of the Atlanta Braves.
Original London cast (2002)
Take Me Out ran at the Donmar Warehouse 20 June - 3 August 2002.
Original Broadway cast (2003-2004)
The play ran at the Walter Kerr Theatre from 27 February 2003 to 4 January 2004.
Original Singapore Cast (2014)
Take Me Out was produced in Singapore by Tim Garner Productions. The play opened on 8 January 2014 and ran until 16 January at the DBS Arts Centre, then moved to the Alliance Française Theatre from 18 January until 31 January.