Tony Award Winner
Pulitzer Prize Finalist
Winner of the Drama Desk Award
Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award
Winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award
Winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award
Darren Lemming is the star center fielder for the champion New York Empires. An extraordinary athlete, he fills both his fans and his teammates with awe at his abilities and his presence on and off the field. When he makes the matter-of-fact announcement that he's gay, he throws his team into turmoil and confusion, while also emboldening his repressed business manager to come to terms with his own sexuality—and to fully experience the pure joy of watching great athletes play a sport as well as it can be played. Most of all, however, Darren's announcement brings to the fore the confused and twisted hostilities of the Empires' brilliantly talented but deeply racist and homophobic pitcher, Shane Mungitt—from whose rage tragic consequences arise.