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|Written by||David Williamson|
|Date premiered||October 2012|
Managing Carmen is a 2012 play by David Williamson about a cross-dressing football player. Williamson:
Brent isn’t gay, he’s very heterosexual, as about 90% of cross-dressers are, but it’s still sufficiently unusual for him and his manager and the rest of the team to be terrified if the word gets out. I happen to know there’s been some very prominent, very prominent AFL players who’ve been cross-dressers but no one ever knew about them going out and about in public. So I know what I’m writing is not based on fantasy. Something like cross-dressing becomes addictive, in the same way that heroin becomes addictive, and the ultimate buzz for cross-dressers is when they appear in public and no one realises that they’re male.
The play was inspired by Williamson's concern over the influence of managers in modern-day Australian rules.
- Frank Hatherley, "David Williamson: Addicted to Playwriting", Stage Whispers accessed 2 June 2013
- Emma Wynne, "Sport, Money and Cross Dressing", ABC Radio, 15 November, 2012 accessed 1 December 2012