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February 13, 2014

A Cock Story: When a Young Gay Man Falls In Love with a Woman

What happens when a young gay man falls in love with a woman?

How would you know if he is falling for you, and if he is willing to be a man (again)? Do you guys (and gals) have answer to this?



I don't.. and that’s the central conceit behind Red Turnip Theater’s second offering, COCK by Mike Bartlett. A sold-out hit when it first premiered in London in 2009 and subsequently during its off-Broadway run a year later, COCK revolves around a gay couple whose rocky relationship derails when one of them sleeps (and falls in love) with a woman. Debates over one’s sexual identity explode when all three decide to sit down and “duke it out” over dinner. Hilarity ensues when another unexpected guest turns up and loyalties are put to the test. As one character puts it, “It’s the ultimate bitch fight”.

The New York Times calls COCK “a terrific, tense little comedy” while The Huffington Post hails it as “a terrific contemporary play that puts much of other theatre to shame”. This critical darling is the perfect bookend to Red Turnip’s maiden season. Now, I think this would beat the recent San Mig Light vs Ginebra fight.

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Rem Zamora makes his directorial debut with COCK and he has assembled a tight cast of theatrical heavyweights for COCK’s Manila premier:

Topper Fabregas (Boeing Boeing, The Producers), Niccolo Manahan (Next Fall, Doubt), Jenny Jamora (Mind’s Eye, A Little Night Music), Audie Gemora (Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables).

Fabregas is John, a young man caught between his gay lover and his growing attraction to another woman- W, played by Jamora.






Rounding off this impressive cast is theatre stalwart Audie Gemora as F, M’s well-meaning father whose sudden appearance at dinner throws everyone for a loop.

COCK is a comedy… with bite. No props, scenery or furniture. Just actors, sharp dialogue and some clever staging. All essential. Absolutely Red Turnip.

Direction by Rem Zamora, technical direction and lighting design by John Batalla, set design by Denis Lagdameo and sound design by Jethro Joaquin.

I am seriously excited to see this!




Cock is supported by Fila, Whitespace, Gung Ho Films Manila, Bose, National Book Store, Powerbooks, When In Manila, and Radio Republic. BusinessWorld, and HerWord.com. The food-
and-drinks concession is provided by Speakeasy. Tickets to the Feb. 28 opening gala sponsored by Fila are available through Red Turnip Theater only.


Cock will be staged at Whitespace — 2314 Chino Roces Ave. Extension (formerly Pasong Tamo 
Extension), Makati

March 7, 14, 21, 28 April 4 (Friday, 9 p.m.) 
March 8, 15, 29 and April 5 (Saturday, 8 p.m.)
March 9, 16, 23 and April 6 (Sunday, 4 p.m.
April 5, Saturday at 4 p.m
Special closing gala on April 6, Sunday, 8 p.m.

Tickets are available through TicketWorld (891-9999 or www.ticketworld.com.ph) or Red Turnip Theater (redturniptheater@gmail.com or https://www.facebook.com/RedTurnipTheater)