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Following a critically acclaimed West End debut, American playwright Richard Greenberg's fascinating look at the pride and prejudice prevalent in professional sports garnered much critical acclaim during its Off-Broadway and subsequent Broadway runs in 2002, going on to win the 2003 Tony for Best Play. Its subject matter more poignant than ever, Take Me Out is lovingly revived as part of Second Stage's 2020/21 programming, ending the season with a real home run.
Starring Emmy nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jesse Williams!
The play's title has several meanings - 'take me out to the ballgame' and a reference to coming out of the closet. Greenberg's clever titular twist collides his obsessive love of the popular American past time with the very real and emotional journey of one player's decision to come out to the world as homosexual. Exploring the ideas of destiny, individual responsibility (the idea that human beings choose, instigate or cause their own actions) and the tragic mysteries of the human psyche, the play's author casts them through a lens of the sacred mundanities of everyday life with a wry sense of humour.
Taking place primarily in a men's locker room, Take Me Out chronicles the aftermath of Darren Lemming's public coming out of the closet. A mixed-raced national hero/star center fielder for fictional team The Empires, Lemming finds the reception to this news both on and off the field is fraught with previously unaired intolerance and discrimination. Even his own friends are confused and afraid, and amidst growing frictions and confrontations, Lemming and his team struggle towards a champion season and a foreboding sense of doom.
Jesse Williams as Darren Lemming
Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mason Marzac
Patrick J. Adams as Kippy Sunderstrom
Michael Oberholtzer as Shane Mungitt
Eduardo Ramos as Rodriguez
Julian Cihi as Takeshi Kawabata
Hiram Delgado as Martinez
Brandon J. Dirden as Davey Battle
Carl Lundstedt as Toddy Koovitz
Ken Marks as Skipper
Tyler Lansing as Jason Chenier
Written by Richard Greenberg
Directed by Scott Ellis
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