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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