Take Me Out
by Richard Greenberg
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. 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
Opening & Closing Dates
Type & Version
Sep 05, 2002-Nov 24, 2002
Play / Original
Joseph Papp Public Theatre/ Anspacher Theatre
Feb 27, 2003 – Jan 4, 2004
Play / Original
Walter Kerr Theatre, NY, USA
Opening Night Cast
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
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.
Awards and Nominations
- 2003 Drama League Award for Distinguished Production of a Play
- 2003 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play
- 2003 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding play
- 2003 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play
- 2003 Tony Award for Best Play
- 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
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