Take Me Out (play)
|Take Me Out|
|Written by||Richard Greenberg|
William R. Danziger
|Place premiered||Donmar Warehouse
|Subject||Homophobia, racism, and class in sport|
|Setting||A baseball locker room|
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.
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.
Awards and nominations
Original Broadway production
|2003||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actor in a Play||Daniel Sunjata||Won|
|Outstanding Director of a Play||Joe Mantello||Nominated|
|Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play||Denis O'Hare||Won|
|Outstanding Orchestrations||David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber||Won|
|Outstanding Set Design||Scott Pask||Nominated|
|Outstanding Sound Design in a Play||Janet Kalas||Nominated|
|Outstanding Lighting Design||Kevin Adams||Nominated|
|Drama League Award||Drama League Award for Distinguished Production of a Play||Take Me Out||Won|
|Lucille Lortel Award||Outstanding Play||Take Me Out||Won|
|New York Drama Critics' Circle Award||Best Play||Take Me Out||Won|
|Pulitzer Prize||Pulitzer Prize for Drama||Take Me Out||Finalist|
|Tony Award||Best Play||Take Me Out||Won|
|Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play||Denis O'Hare||Won|
|Best Direction of a Play||Joe Mantello||Won|
Opening night cast (Broadway)
Daniel Sunjata...... Darren Lemming
Neal Huff........... Kippy Sunderstrom
Denis O'Hare........ Mason Marzac
Frederick Weller.... Shane Mungitt
Kevin Carroll....... Davey Battle
David Eigenberg..... Toddy Koovitz
Gene Gabriel........ Rodriguez/Policeman
Robert M. Jimenez... Martinez/Policeman
Joe Lisi............ Skipper/William R. Danziger
Kohl Sudduth........ Jason Chenier
James Yaegashi...... Takeshi Kawabata
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- Brad Brantley (2003-02-28). "Love Affair With Baseball And a Lot of Big Ideas". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-12-25.
- Ethan Stanislawski (2009-04-09). "The Top 10 Quotes from English-language Drama This Decade: 5-3". Tynan's Anger. Retrieved 2010-12-25.
- Greenberg, Richard (2003). Take Me Out: A Play. New York: Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-571-21118-6. OCLC 52722075.