Richard Greenberg's Tony Award-winning play, Take Me Out, opens in Burbank this weekend, and this latest production promises to deliver a performance unlike others L.A. audiences may have experienced in the past.
Directed by Katherine DePangher and Jay Triggs, the gripping and timely drama explores the camaraderie within a baseball team and the emotional repercussions of a single life-changing decision. Moving past the stereotypes of its star, Darren Lemming (played by Michael Hudson, below), and vilifying the antagonist, Shane Mungitt (Josh Martin), the play also takes a deep look into the emotional complexities behind each character and how they influence one another.
Tickets for all performances are $15 at the door, but you can get yours online HERE or by calling 1-800-838-3006.
Synopsis: Darren Lemming is the star center fielder for the world champion New York Empires. He comes from a middle-class, bi-racial family but has never faced any sort of prejudice in his life. An extraordinary athlete, Darren's abilities and confident presence fill both fans and teammates alike with awe. However, when he makes the matter-of-fact announcement that he's gay, he throws his team into turmoil and confusion, ultimately resulting in tragedy.
Executive produced by Garrett Johnson and Matt Emert, Richard Greenberg's 2003 Tony Award-winning hit studies the varying dynamic between male sports players and offers some insight on America's favorite pastime and issues of masculinity, identity and friendship in the 21st century.