Tim Garner Productions Presents: Take Me Out
The inaugural production of Tim Garner Productions, opening 8 January 2014, is the Tony-Award winning Broadway play (Best Play, 2003) Take Me Out by American playwright Richard Greenberg.
The play, described by New York’s Newsday as “Extravagantly smart, touching and engrossing…an enormously enjoyable work – as eloquently verbal as it is delightfully physical”, focuses on the story of Darren Lemming (Juan Jackson), the star centre fielder of the world champion New York Empires, who is young, rich, famous, talented, handsome and so convinced of his popularity that when he casually announces he’s gay, he assumes the news will be readily accepted by everyone.
It isn’t. Friends, fans and teammates react with ambivalence, and when the slipping Empires call up the young phenom Shane Mungitt (Chris Bucko) to close their games, the ambivalence turns to violence. Angry, lonely, guilt-ridden and confused, Darren finds some unlikely solace in the form of friendship with his new business manager, Mason Marzac (Hayden Tee) —a brilliant but repressed guy, who, as everyone around him copes with disenchantment, blooms in the ecstatic discovery of baseball.”