Olivier-Winning Play Cock, About A Unique Battle of the Sexes, Premieres Off-Broadway May 1

By Adam Hetrick
May 1, 2012

The American premiere of Mike Bartlett's acclaimed comedy Cock, which investigates one man's bisexuality and the high-stakes love triangle that ensues, begins previews 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 audience is seated on all sides of the in-the-round-staging of the 80-minute piece.

Cock features 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 "Alcatraz") 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."

It has set and costume design by Miriam Buether, lighting design by Peter Mumford and sound design by Darren L. West.

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.

For tickets phone (646) 223-3010 or visit Dukeon42.org.