12th Ave Arts MAINSTAGE May-23 to Jun-22, 2019 Fri-Sat and Mon at 7:30pm, Sun at 2:00pm No performances Sunday May-26 or Monday May-27 Press Release Calendar
STRAWBERRY THEATRE WORKSHOP WELCOMES PRIDE MONTH TO CAPITOL HILL WITH RICHARD GREENBERG'S "TAKE ME OUT"
Is baseball ready for an openly gay superstar?
Take Me Out explores what happens when a superstar player on a major-league baseball team announces that he is gay. What outfielder Darren Lemming receives is disarming—and often hilarious—candor from his teammates, manager, and agent. Setting his play entirely in the team's clubhouse and shower, playwright Richard Greenberg traps a dozen (often naked) men in one room with their most intimate thoughts and no place to hide.
Enter into this sheltered atmosphere a mid-season roster addition from outside the team's familial bubble. A rookie relief pitcher's unfiltered television interview opens a locker of complicated insights about masculinity, democracy, race, and identity for the twenty-first century.
Artistic Director Greg Carter (Our Town, Frost/Nixon) directs Greenberg's sharp contrast of disillusionment and community. TPS Gregory Award winner Lamar Legend (Everybody) plays Lemming and Trick Danneker (The Memorandum) plays his teammate/narrator Kippy Sunderstrom. The all-male cast also includes Nicholas Japaul Bernard (Hedwig), Jon Lutyens (Dorian Gray), Craig Peterson (B), Josh Kenji (Last of the Boys), and Carter Rodriquez (Merchant of Venice) among others. Richard Greenberg is the author of The Violet Hour, The Dazzle, Three Days of Rain, among many other plays. He received the Oppenheimer Award for a new playwright as well as the first PEN/Laura Pels Award for a playwright in mid-career. He is an associate artist at South Coast Repertory and a member of Ensemble Studio Theater.
Take Me Out was the winner of the 2003 Tony Award.
"…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." —NY Times
"…a heady, heartfelt and enormously appealing romance… Perhaps never in my theater going experience have I experienced such an overwhelming—and spontaneous—surge of affection sent across the footlights." —Variety.
Listing Information Title: Take Me Out Previews: Thu-Fri May 23-24, 2019 Opens: Saturday, May 25, 2019 Plays:Fri-Sat and Mon at7:30 pm, and Sun at 2:00 pm NO PERFORMANCE SUNDAY MAY 26 and MONDAY MAY 27 Venue: Mainstage Theatre at 12th Ave Arts Address: 1620 12th Ave, Capitol Hill, Seattle Ticket Prices: $36 General, $24 Mondays Phone Sales: 1-800-838-3006 Online Sales: strawshop.bpt.me
written by Richard Greenberg (2004) directed by Greg Carter
performed by Lamar Legend Trick Danneker Nicholas Japaul Bernard Miguel Castellano Jon Lutyens Tony Magaña Jr Roger Estrada Craig Peterson Dylan Smith Josh Kenji Carter Rodriquez
designed by Kat Stromberger Lily McLeod Kyle Peterson Greg Carter