3 men, 1 woman: 4 total
John has been in a stable relationship with his boyfriend for a number of years. But when he takes a break, he accidentally falls in love with a woman. Torn between the two, filled with guilt and conflicting emotions, he doesn't know which way to turn. His boyfriend is willing to wait for him to make a decision, but so is his girlfriend. And both are prepared to fight to keep him. As the pressure mounts, a dinner with both parties is arranged, and everyone wants to know. Who is John? What is he? And what will his decision be? A comic discussion of identity and sexuality, the play is specified to be performed with no props or set, so the focus is all on the drama of the situation.
"A terrific comedy…Hypnotic and utterly contemporary." —NY Times.
"Uproariously funny…COCK is a rite of spring you shouldn't miss!" —New York Magazine.
"Exhilarating! Robust and rollicking. Mike Bartlett's dialogue crackles and pops with the rhetoric of vituperation." —The New Yorker.
"Never mind its provocative title: COCK is wonderful!" —NY Post.
"Pure theatricality. An engagingly unique perspective on affairs of the heart…and that other part of the body." —NY1.
"With the exception of Oscar Wilde, quarreling lovers are never as articulate and entertaining as they are in COCK, Mike Bartlett's Battle Royal of wit and persuasion." —Variety.
"An impressive package." —Evening Standard (London).
About the Author
Mike Barlett's debut, "My Child" (Royal Court, May 2007) saw him hailed by "The Stage" as 'one of the most exciting new talents to emerge in recent times'. He is a winner of the Old Vic New Voices Award for "Artefacts" (Bush Theatre), and is currently participating in the prestigious Pearson Playwrights Scheme. He won the Writer's Guild Tinniswood and Imison prizes for his radio play, "Not Talking."