Take Me Out is a Tony Award-winning play by Richard Greenberg which deals with homosexuality in baseball.
The play's main character, Darren Lemming, is a popular mixed-race baseball player at the peak of his career when he decides to come out. Several of his teammates react strongly, and the drama plays out over the course of the baseball season with tragic consequences.
The play is set in a baseball locker room, and as such has an all-male cast and is usually produced with full-frontal male nudity.
The play explores themes of racism, homophobia, class and masculinity in sport. At the time of the writing of this play, no major-league baseball player had ever come out during his career, and this play is the dramatic exploration of what such an event might be like.
- Tony Award, Best Play, 2003
- Tony Award, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play (Denis O'Hare), 2003
- Tony Award, Best Direction of a Play (Joe Mantello), 2003
The world premeiere of Take Me Out was preseneted in a co-production by The Donmar Warehouse, London and The Public/New York Shakespeare Festival.
The Broadway premiere was at the Anspacher Theatre of the Joseph Papp Public Theater and later moved to the Walter Kerr on Broadway where it ran 355 performances and garnered a Tony Award.
- Produced by Carole Shorenstein Hays and Frederick De Mann
- Directed by Joe Mantello (Tony Award)
- Mason Marzac: Denis O'Hare (Tony Award)
- Darren Lemming: Daniel Sunjata (Theatre World Award}
San Francisco, 2004
Best of Broadway in San Francisco staged a production of the play in late 2004 and early 2005 at the Golden Gate Theater.
- Darren Lemming: Michael Walton
- Shane Mungit: Harlon George
- Skipper: Jack Davison
- Kippy Sunderland: Doug Wert
The Canadian premiere was at the CanStage Bluma Appel theater in Toronto from 10 January to 12 February 2005. Given the subject matter of the play, it is notable that the production was sponsored by the Toronto Blue Jays.
- Directed by Morris Panych
- Darren Lemming: Thom Allison
- Jason Chenier: Harry Crane
- Rodriguez: Darrell Dennis
- Teddy Koovitz/Guard: Aaron Franks
- Skipper/William R. Danziger: Randy Hughson
- Davey Battle: Dion Johnstone
- Kippy Sunderstrom: Matthew MacFadzean
- Shane Mungitt: Mike Shara
- Mason Marzac: David Storch
- Takeshi Kawabata: Jovanni Sy
- Martinez: Andy Velaszquez
San Diego, 2005
The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California staged a production of the play from 15 January - 20 February 2005, directed by Joe Mantello, with several members of the original Broadway cast.
- Mason Marzac: T. Scott Cunningham
- Skipper/William R. Danziger: Jack Davidson
- Martinez/Policeman: Ramon Fernandez
- Rodriguez/Policeman: Gene Gabriel
- Shane Mungitt: Harlon George
- Toddy Koovitz: Charlie Kevin
- Davey Battle: Charles Parnell
- Jason Chenier: Terrence Riordan
- Darren Lemming: M.D. Walton
- Kippy Sunderstrom: Doug Wert
- Takeshi Kawabata: Robert Wu
The Philadelphia Theatre Company staged a production of the play from 13 May - 12 June 2005, directed by James J. Christy.
- Darren Lemming: Jacques Cowart II
- Shane Mungit: Josh Shirley
- Kippy Sunderstrom: David Whalen
- Mason Marzac: Kraig Swartz
- Martinez: Armando Batista
- Takeshi Kawabata: James Chen
- Jason Chenier: Todd Gebhart
- Davey Battle: Nathan Hinton
- Toddy Koovitz: John Lumia
- Skipper/William R. Danziger: Tom McCarthy
Troop 147 staged the first non-profit production of the play from June 8- 31 2005, directed by Brandon Scott Jensen.
- Darren Lemming: Jesse Siebach
- Shane Mungit: Justin Young
- Kippy Sunderstrom: Andrew Corbell
- Mason Marzac: Will Klundt
- Martinez: Mateo Sarria
- Rodriguez: Manuel Villalobos
- Takeshi Kawabata: Brandon Pratt
- Jason Chenier: Jeff Andersen
- Davey Battle: Andy Brooks
- Toddy Koovitz: Yannig Morin
- Skipper/William R. Danziger: Mark Guest
- Performance, playbill from the 2005 Toronto production
- Talkin' Broadway review of Broadway production
- Talkin' Broadway review of San Francisco production
- Philadelphia Theatre Company
- San Diego - The Old Globe production
- Take Me Out, Paperback, 128 pages, Faber & Faber; 1st edition (August 6, 2003); ISBN 0571211186