Studio 180 Theatre’s production of COCK

Cock

COCK

by Mike Bartlett

A GOOD RELATIONSHIP IS WORTH A GOOD FIGHT

The Theatre Centre
1115 Queen Street West, Toronto


John is confused.
John has broken up with his boyfriend.
John has fallen in love again… with a woman.


Mike Bartlett’s punchy comedic drama puts you ringside as John wages war with his lovers, himself and a society that demands an answer to the question, “Who am I?”

Studio 180 is proud to present the Canadian premiere of Cock, introducing Toronto audiences to acclaimed playwright Mike Bartlett and the new home of The Theatre Centre.

“A smart, prickly and rewarding view of sexual and emotional confusion.”
EVENING STANDARD

See more reviews

In 2009, Cock premiered at the Royal Court, winning a 2010 Olivier Award. In 2012, it received its acclaimed North American premiere at the Duke in New York.

Mike Bartlett is a highly prolific and successful playwright in the UK, and Cock will be the first of his works to be produced in Canada.

The Theatre Centre has transformed the historic Carnegie Library at 1115 Queen St. West into a 21st century live arts hub and incubator, and a permanent home for the company. Join Studio 180 in discovering this new space.


Season Sponsor

BMO Financial Group



Production Supporter

Canada Council for the Arts

BY Mike Bartlett

DIRECTED BY Joel Greenberg
FEATURING Ian D. Clark, Jessica Greenberg, Andrew Kushnir, Jeff Miller
SET & COSTUME DESIGN John Thompson
LIGHTING DESIGN Kimberly Purtell
STAGE MANAGER Marcie Januska
PRODUCTION MANAGER Adrien Whan


Ian D. Clark

Ian D. Clark

F

Other Studio 180 productions: Stuff Happens (2008/2009)

Selected theatre includes Cymbeline, Matchmaker, Grapes of Wrath (Stratford Festival); The Foreigner (Royal Alex – title role); and, most recently, An Ideal Husband at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, where he is privileged to have been invited eight times. Ian’s other US appearances include productions at both the Annenberg and Arden Theatres (Philadelphia); The Constant Wife (Coconut Grove, Miami – Best Actor Award); and his own A Collection of British Rubbish comedy (Bradford Centre, Boston – Broadway-optioned). Ian is a Shaw Festival veteran and has also appeared at Canadian Stage, Tarragon Theatre and all major theatres in the country. Film and TV: 14 features, including Equus, Lilies, 32 Short Films about Glenn Gould and The Arrow; five major series, including Road to Avonlea and The Associates; starring role in the pilot for SOLD; and most recently Flashpoint, Rookie Blue, Murdoch Mysteries, Saving Hope and Reign. Ian holds an M.A. from McGill and has served as a jury member for the Canadian Academy during the awards season.

back to top

Jessica Greenberg

Jessica Greenberg

W

Other Studio 180 productions: Our Class (Dora Nomination –  Ensemble), Parade, Blackbird, Offensive Shadows, The Passion of the Chris

Other credits include The Middle Place (Project: Humanity/Theatre Passe Muraille/Canadian Stage); Hana’s Suitcase, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Blue Planet, Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang (YPT); Mary’s Wedding (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Pinocchio (Theatre New Brunswick); Salt-Water Moon (Theatre in Port); The Boxcar Children (Theatreworks/USA); The Metamorphosis (Jose Quintero Theater); Jack or the Submission (Manhattan Ionesco Festival); and A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Willow Cabin Theatre). Jessica has appeared on TV in Being Erica (CBC) and as the voices of several characters in the animated series and feature film Fish ’n Chips. She is a Core Artistic Team Member and Artist Educator for Studio 180 and heads the company’s education and outreach programming. She holds a degree from McGill University and completed acting training at Circle in the Square Theatre School and the Actors Theatre of Louisville.

back to top

Joel Greenberg

JOEL GREENBERG

Director

Other Studio 180 productions: God of Carnage, Clybourne Park (2012/2013), The Normal Heart (2011/2012), Our Class, Parade (director and choreographer), The Overwhelming, Stuff Happens (2008/2009), Blackbird, The Arab-Israeli Cookbook, The Laramie Project (2003/2004), The Passion of the Chris

Elsewhere as director (D), choreographer (C ) and playwright (P), credits include Ain’t Misbehavin’ (D/C – Dora Award, Outstanding Direction) for the Premiere Dance Theatre; Forbidden Broadway (D/C – Dora Award Nomination, Outstanding Direction); The Underdogs (D) and What the Butler Saw (D) for Just For Laughs, Montreal; Taking Sides (D) for Centaur Theatre; The House of Blue Leaves (D), Lend Me a Tenor (D), You Can’t Take It with You (D) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (D) for Theatre Aquarius; Second City (C – seven productions in Toronto and Chicago); Drink the Mercury (P/D – Dora Award, Outstanding Young Audience Production) and The Nuclear Power Show (P/D – Chalmers Playwriting Award, Outstanding Young Audience Play) for YPT; Bells are Ringing (D/C), She Loves Me (C) and Vanities (D) for The Grand Theatre; The Golden Land (D/C) and The Rothschilds (D/C) for Winnipeg Jewish Theatre. Joel is a Professor in the Drama Department at the University of Waterloo, where he teaches directing, acting and film studies.

back to top

Marcie Januska

Marcie Januska

Stage Manager

Studio 180 debut

Previous credits include Forgiveness (Modern Times Stage); Yukonstyle (Canadian Stage); Civility, This Is What Happens Next (Necessary Angel); Nohkom, Valley of Coal (Signal Theatre); Who Killed Snow White (Nightwood Theatre); Antigone: Dead People (Small Wooden Shoe); The Clockmaker, The Gift of the Coat, Communion, The Last Dog of War, Peter Pan, Ash Rizin’ (a hip-hop musical), Heartbreaker, Rabbit Hole, Abraham Lincoln Goes to the Theatre (Alberta Theatre Projects); Blood Relations, Dial M For Murder, Wait Until Dark, Rope (Vertigo Theatre); Arigato, Tokyo (The Banff Centre); Vigil (Theatre Calgary); and over 20 shows at Lunchbox Theatre. Marcie was the Assistant to the Program Director for the Opera as Theatre program at The Banff Centre for the past six summers.

back to top

Andrew Kushnir

Andrew Kushnir

John

Other Studio 180 productions: Offensive Shadows

Andrew is an actor, playwright and creative director of Project: Humanity (projecthumanity.ca). As a performer, he has worked with companies that include Canadian Stage (The Middle Place, Sweeney Todd, Hair, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Catalyst Theatre (Frankenstein), Theatre Calgary (Beyond Eden) and Outside The March/Convergence/Sheep No Wool (Passion Play). He is a co-creator of The Gay Heritage Project, which premiered at Buddies in Bad Times in November 2013. Andrew is playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre and in residency at The Theatre Centre, developing a new verbatim piece called Small Axe. His award-winning play about youth homelessness, The Middle Place, premiered in 2011 and was then toured nationally by Project: Humanity. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program and a 2013 recipient of their Alumni Horizon Award.

back to top

Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller

M

Other Studio 180 productions: The Normal Heart (2012/2011), The Arab-Israeli Cookbook, The Laramie Project (2004)

Credits elsewhere include Same Time Next Year, Half-Life, Rabbit Hole, Leading Ladies (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Steven Gallagherʼs Craplicker (Toronto Fringe 2010); Mike McPhadenʼs Poochwater, Sean Reycraftʼs One Good Marriage (Theatre Passe Muraille); King Lear (Walking Shadow Theatre); Stones in His Pockets, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Rumors, The Petrified Forest, Moon Over Buffalo (Nipissing Stage); Communicating Doors (Magnus Theatre); Reading the Signs, Liars (YPT); The Othello Project (Florida Shakespeare Theater); Love! Valour! Compassion!, Twilight of the Golds (Boston Speakeasy Theater); and The Lisbon Traviata (Boston Triangle Theater). Jeff has taught at Rosedale School for the Arts in Toronto and taught and directed at North Bayʼs Canadore College.

back to top

Kimberly Purtell

KIMBERLY PURTELL

Lighting Designer

Other Studio 180 productions: God of Carnage, Clybourne Park (2012/2013), The Normal Heart (2011/2012), Our Class, Parade, The Overwhelming, Stuff Happens (2008/2009), Blackbird

Kimberly is a Toronto-based lighting designer for theatre, opera and dance. Her designs have been critically acclaimed on both national and international stages. They have been seen across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Prague, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Russia and Mongolia. She has received 20 Dora Award Nominations, winning three times, and is a recipient of the Pauline McGibbon Award. She was also recently nominated for a Betty Mitchell Award. Recent credits include Ariadne Auf Naxos (Pacific Opera Victoria), Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata (Acting Up Stage/ATP/Citadel Theatre), Waiting for Godot (Stratford Festival), The Gay Heritage Project (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre) and Jane Eyre (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre). Upcoming: Man of La ManchaAlice Through the Looking Glass and Christina the Girl King (Stratford Festival), Airline Icarus (Soundstreams) and Twelve Angry Men (Soulpepper).

back to top

John Thompson

John Thompson

Set and Costume Designer

Other Studio 180 productions: God of Carnage, The Normal Heart (2011/2012), Our Class

John’s credits include Speaking in Tongues, The Test, Through the Leaves (Dora Award), Festen, A Whistle in the Dark, Marion Bridge (Company Theatre); Side by Side by Sondheim, Blue/Orange, Adam Baum and the Jew Movie (Canadian Stage); Divisadero (Necessary Angel); The Retreat from Moscow, The Tempest, The Clean House, A Christmas Carol, Humble Boy, Mating Dance of the Werewolf, The Shape of Things (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Waiting for Godot, No Man’s Land, The Mill on the Floss, Betrayal, Twelfth Night, Don Carlos, The Misanthrope (Soulpepper); The Trials of Ezra Pound (Stratford Festival); The Pessimist, Care, Alice’s Affair, Helen’s Necklace, Russell Hill (Dora Nomination), Little Mercy’s First Murder (Dora Nomination), The Good Life, Skylight, Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, Earshot, The Road to Hell (Tarragon Theatre); Eternal Hydra (Crow’s Theatre – Dora Award, Lighting Design & Dora Nomination, Set Design); Unity 1918, Blood (Theatre Passe Muraille); and Einstein’s Gift, Proof, The Rez Sisters, Later Life, Whale Riding Weather, The Secret Garden, Flowers, A Christmas Carol, Democracy, Miss Julie (The Grand Theatre). John also teaches design at the University of Toronto.

back to top

Adrien Whan

Adrien Whan

Production Manager

Other Studio 180 productions: The Normal Heart (2012); As Technical Director – Clybourne Park (2013), The Normal Heart (2011)

Adrien has been working professionally as a technical artist for the past 20 years. He is currently the Technical Director for Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Other selected credits include Site Production Manager for Ontario Place Corporation; Assistant Technical Director for YPT; Sound and Video Operator for touring productions of Our Brief Eternity and Circa (The Holy Body Tattoo); Lighting Designer for Under the Mink and Who’s Your Dada (The Scandelles), Real Live Girl and The Beauty Salon (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre), and The First LP and Shifting Edges (Alias Dance); Stage Manager for Fluency by Peter Chin (Tribal Crackling Wind); and Production Manager for Once on this Island (Acting Up Stage Company).

back to top

Buy tickets onlineCOCK performances are at The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West, Toronto.

For student groups, see Student Bookings.


Performance schedule and pricing

Matinees

$25 • Preview: April 5, 2PM
$30
• Wednesday, 1:30PM
$30 • Saturday & Sunday (except April 6), 2PM
$35 • Opening: Sunday, April 6, 2PM

Evenings

$25 • Previews: April 4 & 5, 8PM
$30 • Tuesday to Thursday, 8PM
$35 • Friday & Saturday, 8PM

Discount details
  • $25 Student/Arts Worker tickets are available for all performances, subject to availability. In-person purchases only with valid proof of student/arts worker status.
  • Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC) tickets are available each Sunday, in person at The Theatre Centre box office, beginning at 12PM. Excludes Opening performance on Sunday, April 6. Cash only.
  • A 20% group discount on regularly priced tickets is available for bookings of 10 or more. Contact Roxanne at 416-962-1800 or roxanne@studio180theatre.com.
  • For student groups, see Student Bookings. Recommended for Grades 11 and older.

The running time of the performance is approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.

Beyond the Stage

We provide opportunities to get an insider’s point of view on our work with pre-show chats and post-show talkbacks on select performance dates, plus a Lobby Exhibit, a great FREE panel discussion and interesting online resources. See our Beyond the Stage page for details.

WQW DINING PARTNERS

Bring your same-day ticket to one of our partners before or after the show and receive 15% off all meals! Valid with same-day ticket only. Beverages excluded. Not applicable with any other special offer.

THE DRAKE HOTEL – 1150 Queen St West

GLADSTONE HOTEL – 1214 Queen St West

PIOLA – 1165 Queen St West


To order tickets

By phone

TICKETKING: 416-872-1212, or
1-800-461-3333

Online

Buy tickets online

 

NOTE: Service charges apply to online
and phone orders.

In person

At any Mirvish theatre box office
(for advance tickets only)
Mirvish box office hours vary by location and by week

At The Theatre Centre’s new location
(same-day tickets)
1115 Queen Street West, Toronto

NOTE: Performances are at The Theatre Centre,
1115 Queen Street West, Toronto.

Student tickets are now on sale!

Weekday Matinees

The Theatre Centre
1115 Queen Street West, Toronto

Wednesday, April 9, 16 & 23, 2014
1:30PM

Student Group Prices

$20 • Students (teachers and supervisors free)

Booking Contact

To book your student group, contact Kimwun Perehinec at 416-962-1800 or education@studio180theatre.com.

THE $20 STUDENT GROUP PRICE IS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR EVENING AND WEEKEND MATINEE PERFORMANCES.


Education Resources


  • Download the Study Guide (PDF)Our comprehensive Study Guide comes complete with pre- and post-show activities and discussion questions
  • All groups are invited to participate in a pre-show chat with a member of Studio 180′s artistic or education team, held one half hour before each Wednesday matinee (at 1PM), and/or a post-performance talkback (Q&A) with members of the cast, held after each Wednesday matinee

More about the performance


  • The running time of the performance is approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission
  • Recommended for Grades 11 and 12
  • Curriculum links to Drama, English, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Leadership, and Gender, Sexuality and Family Studies

WARNING: Strong language and mature subject matter, including sexuality. While there is absolutely NO nudity or simulated sex on stage, sexual acts are discussed and described. We recommend that teachers take the opportunity to read the script prior to attending with their students. If you would like to obtain a copy of the script, have questions about the play or would like to know more about the support materials we offer to facilitate preparation and post-show discussion, please contact us.

We welcome you to read more about Studio 180’s education initiatives, Studio 180 IN CLASS workshops and policies, or read and offer educator feedback.

Reviews from Studio 180’s production of COCK

“A terrific production by the spunky [Studio 180]… Created with economy, spareness and tremendous invention… this company is on its toes.”
CIUT 89.5 FM

Exciting! Touching and hilarious! A territorial struggle in the best Harold Pinter tradition… It’s cocksure.”
NATIONAL POST

“Joel Greenberg’s tight direction combines with the ensemble’s gutsy, committed and consistently strong performances to elevate Bartlett’s script… A masterful staging of a compelling new script.”
MOONEY ON THEATRE

“A no-holds-barred emotional brawl… Studio 180 gives the play a thrillingly intense treatment… A smashing Canadian debut!”
★★★½ stars (out of 4) – GLOBE & MAIL

“The actors are excellent… Joel Greenberg’s direction is sharp and vivid.”
NOW MAGAZINE

“The laughs are relentless… Uniformly stunning performances.”
Drew Rowsome

Reviews from other productions

“A smart, prickly and rewarding view of sexual and emotional confusion.”
★★★★ EVENING STANDARD

“Feisty, hypnotic and oddly energizing exercise in emotional carnage.”
NEW YORK TIMES (named one of 10 best plays of 2012)

“[A] brilliant and blackly hilarious feat of provocation.”
★★★ THE INDEPENDENT

“Mercilessly accurate, wickedly funny and strangely touching.”
★★★★ FINANCIAL TIMES

“A terrific contemporary play that puts much of other theater to shame.”
HUFFPOST

Chats & Talkbacks  |  Special Panel  | Lobby Exhibit  | Resources  | Study Guide


Chats & Talkbacks

To hear more about the play’s context, join us for a pre-show chat before any of our Wednesday or Sunday matinees. Or, to get a taste of cast members’ experiences working on the play, stay after a Wednesday matinee or Thursday evening performance for a talkback (Q&A).

  • Pre-show chats with Artistic Director, Joel Greenberg, are one half hour before curtain, before Wednesday or Sunday matinees – at 1PM on Wednesday, April 9, 16 & 23, and at 1:30PM on Sunday, April 13, 20 & 27

  • Talkbacks are immediately following Wednesday matinee and Thursday evening performances, on April 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 & 24

back to top

Special Panel

On Sunday, April 13, following the matinee performance, you can continue the conversation inspired by the play during a panel discussion with local artists and community leaders. Come for the 2PM matinee and stay for the panel, or attend the panel only. All are welcome and admission to the panel is FREE.

COCKtales: Stories, perspectives and conversations beyond sexual binaries

SUNDAY, April 13, 2014 @ 3:30PM
in the theatre
FREE admission

For those of us who identify beyond the gay/straight binary, assumptions and accusations of confusion, indecision and denial are nothing new. Cock prompts a dialogue around identity, categorization, fluidity, essentialism and the status quo. The conversation continues during a panel discussion moderated by writer, radio show host, theatre reviewer and parent Dorianne Emmerton, featuring some of Toronto’s most outspoken artists, writers and activists.

MODERATOR Dorianne Emmerton
PANELLISTS Andrea Houston, Catherine Jones, Michael Mills, 
Dick Moore & Daryl Vocat
(See moderator and panellist bios)

back to top

Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond “Gay” and “Straight”Lobby Exhibit

Look forward to large-scale reproductions of artwork from the new and exciting comic anthology ANYTHING THAT LOVES: Comics Beyond “Gay” and “Straight” (edited by Charles “Zan” Christensen and published by Northwest Press, 2013). Visually stunning and thematically provocative, the exhibit offers another look at many of the play’s themes. Take a sneak peak…


Lobby Exhibit Sponsor


Adfactor print + design

back to top

Resources

Interested in a deeper exploration of some of the themes and questions provoked by the play? We recommend these pieces by some brilliant Toronto artists and community leaders.

sunny-drake-125x125“My Boyfriend Is a Lady” by Sunny Drake

A sales assistant was trying to usher me out because the store had closed 10 minutes ago. I told her I was waiting for my partner who was using the washroom. So the sales assistant dashed over to the men’s washroom entrance and started calling out “Hello? Hello? The store is closed!” … Keep reading


Daryl Vocat“Queer by Choice (?)” by Daryl Vocat

In a culture that bases itself on binaries I find it increasingly difficult to stake out an identity that I feel comfortable with. From the moment of birth we are forced into a culture that attempts to define us according to its specifications: man or woman, heterosexual or homosexual, producer or consumer, and so on…. Keep reading


The fencesitters“The Fencesitters?” by Cheryl Dobinson

Suspicions still haunt the bi/homo divide. Why would someone call Deborah Singh a traitor? She’s a bright, articulate and political woman who works, volunteers and plays in Toronto’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) institutions and businesses. Yet a gay man she works with recently called her just that – a traitor…. Keep reading

back to top

Study Guide

Download the Study Guide (PDF)Our comprehensive Study Guide comes complete with pre- and post-show activities and discussion questions for students, plus many extra resources related to the themes explored in the play. Feel free to have a look!


back to top