‘Take Me Out’ explores homophobia in pro sports


Tennessee Repertory Theatre opens the second season of its popular REPaloud series with Take Me Out, winner of the 2003 Tony Award for Best Play.

Written by Richard Greenberg and directed by Lauren Shouse, Take Me Out is the story of a mixed-race ballplayer Darren Lemming–the centerfielder of the world champion New York Empires–who is young, rich and famous. He’s also gay, and when he casually announces the news, he’s surprised at the consequences of his admission. Most friends, fans, and teammates react with ambivalence, but a series of events leads to violence against the star athlete. Darren finds some unlikely solace in the form of friendship with his new business manager, Mason Marzac, who’s dealing with his own troubles in the world of professional baseball.

No major-league baseball player has come out during the course of his career, and this story, presented by an all-male cast, explores how such an event would be received.

Take Me Out will be performed at Tennessee Rep Rehearsal Hall on August 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. REPaloud is free for subscribers. A $10 donation is requested for others, and a $5 donation is requested for students with ID.