Cory Michael Smith, Jason Butler Harner Cast in Olivier-Winning Play Cock Off-Broadway

By Adam Hetrick
March 26, 2012

Casting has been announced for the American premiere of Mike Bartlett's acclaimed play Cock, which investigates one man's bisexuality and the love triangle that ensues. Performances will begin May 1 at the Duke on 42nd Street.

James Macdonald, who staged the 2009 London premiere of Cock at the Royal Court Theatre, returns to helm the Off-Broadway production that will officially open May 17.

The 80-minute production will feature Cory Michael Smith (The Shaggs, The Whale) in the central role of John, a man who takes a break from his boyfriend only to encounter a woman who changes his life.

The cast also includes Jason Butler Harner (Through A Glass Darkly "Alcatra") as M, Amanda Quaid (The Illusion, Equus) as W and Cotter Smith (Next Fall, An American Daughter) as F.

Cock won the 2010 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in An Affiliate Theatre. Stuart Thompson (Death of a Salesman, Jerusalem) and Jean Doumanian (Our Town, Tribes), along with the Royal Court Theatre, produce the American premiere.

Here's how Cock is billed: "When John and his boyfriend take a break, the last thing he expects is to suddenly meet the woman of his dreams. Now he has a big choice to make."

Bartlett's 13 premiered at the National Theatre last October. His plays also include Earthquakes in London, Love Love Love, Artefacts, Contradictions and My Child.

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