|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 former 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.
Take Me Out was produced in Singapore by Tim Garner Productions. The play opened on January 8, 2014 and ran until January 16 at the DBS Arts Centre, then moved to the Alliance Française Theatre January 18-31.
|2003||Tony Award||Best Play||Won|
|Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play||Denis O'Hare||Won|
|Best Direction of a Play||Joe Mantello||Won|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Play||Won|
|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 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||Won|
|Lucille Lortel Award||Outstanding Play||Won|
|New York Drama Critics' Circle Award||Best Play||Won|
|Pulitzer Prize||Pulitzer Prize for Drama||Nominated|