Take Me Out
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
Listen to Neil Scott's review of Take Me Out on Recovery Coast to Coast:
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."
"…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."
Title: Take Me Out
Previews: Thu-Fri May 23-24, 2019
Opens: Saturday, May 25, 2019
Plays:Fri-Sat and Mon at 7:30 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
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written by Richard Greenberg (2004)
directed by Greg Carter
Nicholas Japaul Bernard
Tony Magaña Jr
stage Managed by
graphic design by Melanie Wang
video by MJ Sieber
12th Ave Arts
1620 12th Ave, Capitol Hill, Seattle 98122