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Take Me Out

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“A funny and troubling look at athletes and identity . . . Take Me Out is a dynamic, involving play.” —Donald Lyons, New York Post

Darren Lemming is the star center fielder for the champion New York Empires. An extraordinary athlete, he fills both his fans and his teammates with awe at his abilities and his presence on the field and off. When he makes the matter-of-fact announcement that he’s gay, he throws his team into turmoil and confusion, while he also emboldens his ...

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Overview

“A funny and troubling look at athletes and identity . . . Take Me Out is a dynamic, involving play.” —Donald Lyons, New York Post

Darren Lemming is the star center fielder for the champion New York Empires. An extraordinary athlete, he fills both his fans and his teammates with awe at his abilities and his presence on the field and off. When he makes the matter-of-fact announcement that he’s gay, he throws his team into turmoil and confusion, while he also emboldens his closeted accountant, Mason Marzac, to come to terms with his own sexuality—and to fully experience the pure joy of watching great athletes play a sport as well as it can be played. But Darren’s announcement brings to the fore the confused and twisted hostilities of the Empires’ brilliantly talented but deeply racist and homophobic pitcher, Shane Mungitt—from whose rage tragic consequences ensue.

The American premiere of Take Me Out took place at the Public Theater in New York City in September 2002. It will move to the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway in February 2003.

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“Greenberg intoxicates us with his words in the same way he’s intoxicated by the game. [Take Me Out] achieves a lyrical power to match the beauty of . . . either a sublime piece of music or an exquisitely made double play. Or both.” —Charles Isherwood, Variety
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...a heady, heartfelt and enormously appealing romance...Perhaps never in my theatergoing experience have I experienced such an overwhelming—and spontaneous—surge of affection sent across the footlights.
NY Times
...what an enchanting and enchanted take on baseball Mr. Greenberg has created...passionately personal and lyrically analytical. It's a sensibility that is so smart, raw and sincere all at once that you may find tears in your eyes...an unconditional, all-American epiphany...to cherish.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780571211180
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber
  • Publication date: 8/6/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 627,297
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 8.12 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Greenberg is the author of The Dazzle and several other plays. He lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2003

    a triumph

    This is the best play to hit Broadway in some time.It is an intelligent, beautifully written study of bigorty and intolerance, and at the same time also a penetrating look at the true meaning of friendship.Greenberg is truly a gifted,marvelous writer.

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