Cock

COCK

by Mike Bartlett

Apr 4 – 27, 2014
The Theatre Centre

1115 Queen Street West, Toronto

A good relationship is worth a good fight


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?”

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.

Studio 180 was proud to present the Canadian premiere of Cock, introducing Toronto audiences to acclaimed playwright Mike Bartlett (a highly prolific and successful playwright in the UK, Cock was the first of his works to be produced in Canada) and the new home of The Theatre Centre in West Queen West.

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


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

We featured 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 offered another look at many of the play’s themes. Read more…


Panel Discussion

COCKtales: Stories, Perspectives and Conversations Beyond Sexual Binaries
APRIL 13, 2014
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. This panel discussion was moderated by writer, radio show host, theatre reviewer and parent Dorianne Emmerton, and featured some of Toronto’s most outspoken artists, writers and activists. Read more…

Reviews from Studio 180’s production of COCK

“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

“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

A magnificent play… You’ll want ringside seats to every bout.”
CHARLEBOIS 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

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

Cock has a lot of important things to say about the ways we confuse sexuality with identity, or passion with love… Turns a sexual-identity crisis into a blood sport. Definitely worthy of your time.”
TORONTO STAR

“The laughs are relentless… Uniformly stunning performances.”
Drew Rowsome/My Gay Toronto


Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award – Ian D. Clark, Best Supporting Actor in a Play

Listed as a top 10 production of 2014 by the GLOBE & MAIL

“Brilliant show. Brilliant writing. Brilliant performances. Brilliant staging. I LOVED IT!!!”
GEORGE K.

“I’m a big fan! Keep up the interesting, innovative, thought-provoking work!”
BRENDA S.

“GUYS! Know what you should go see because it will take your breath away? The emotional wollop of a play that is the brilliant COCK by Mike Bartlett, with 4 actors who can pack one hell of an emotional punch. The circle scene is worth the ticket price alone – you will know what I mean when you see it! GO…just…GO!
REBECCA P.

“Studio 180’s riveting, funny, tense relationship drama offers a fresh take on gay/straight machinations. Loved it.”
JUDITH T.

“Fantastic! Of all the plays I’ve seen since moving to Toronto it’s my favorite.”
ARIS T.