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“Take Me Out” Revival to Take the Mound Next Spring

Second Stage Theatre announces most of its upcoming season, which will include a revival of the 2003 Tony Award Winning Play, “Take Me Out”

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“Take Me Out” Revival to Take the Mound Next Spring

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I’d like to begin by shamelessly borrowing from my colleague, Ned Donovan. “Sometimes a piece of news comes across our desk that is just a picture perfect representation of The Turf”. At the time, Ned was referencing a new musical in the works being developed by Tony Hawk. Now comes another piece of news that falls right in our wheelhouse: In 2002 playwright Richard Greenberg penned a play involving a baseball team. It centered around one particular player – Darren Lemming – a mixed-race player who, during the peak of his career, decides to come out. It was called “Take Me Out”. Today it was announced that the play will be returning to Broadway, taking the mound at the Hayes Theatre”.

From Single-A Ball to the Majors

Richard Greenberg grew up on Long Island. His studies took him from East Meadow High School to Princeton University, where he graduated magna cum laude, studying creative writing. He went on to Harvard, but later dropped out, opting instead to join the playwriting program at the Yale School of Drama. He credits his avid following of the NY Yankees, particularly in 1998-1999, with serving as the inspiration for a “baseball play”.

Originally staged in London at the Donmar Warehouse, it moved to the Public Theatre in 2002 before jumping to Broadway in 2003. The production played 355 performances at the Walter Kerr Theater. It won the Tony Award for Best Play that season.

Sports & Theatre – More Common than You Think

You may not immediately think of sports when discussing theatre, but Broadway has a pretty storied history when it comes to sports-related shows. Heck – as a staff we pride ourselves on bridging the gap between theatre and sports. Just ask Editor-In-Chief Justin Colombo, who recently shared the stage with former NY Giant Tiki Barber! To many of us here at The Turf, stories intertwining sports and the arts are like gifts on Christmas morning. Did anyone else out there see the 2010 production of “Lombardi” at Circle in the Square, starring Dan Lauria? I don’t know about you, but I’m very much looking forward to seeing “Take Me Out” return to the Great White Way.

Joe is an actor who grew up eating, living and breathing sports. He spent many an afternoon on the soccer or baseball field in his youth (and even gave several other sports a shot) before a series of events put him on the path to pursuing a performing career. Subsequently, he's worked almost every other type of job you could imagine while trying to support that endeavor. Whenever he's not working any of those jobs, he can often be found watching, playing or discussing sports in some way. Most of that banter revolves around the Mets, Giants, Rangers or Manchester United. His short term goal is to fully convert his fiance into a rabid sports fan, not someone who leaves the room whenever he turns a game on.

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