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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Red Turnip Theater's COCK at Whitespace | February 28-April 6, 2014


Cock, Red Turnip Theater's second offering, will be having its Manila premiere at Whitespace located at 2314 Chino Roces Ave. Extension (formerly Pasong Tamo Extension) in Makati City on March 7 to April 6, 2014. Opening gala night will be held on February 28.

[Please check the full schedule & ticket details below.]

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


  BACKGROUND  
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.

Fresh off the success of their critically-acclaimed CLOSER last October at Whitespace, Red Turnip promises another unique, in your face theatrical experience with COCK. The vision of five established actors (Ana Abad Santos, Topper Fabregas, Jenny Jamora, Cris Villonco and Rem Zamora), Red Turnip aims to engage theatergoers with the sort of material that seems to be in short supply in the country—the straight play.

Red Turnip Theater's COCK


Rem Zamora makes his directorial debut with COCK. “We’re excited to be back in Whitespace. A lot of people who came to CLOSER said they enjoyed the intimacy of the experience and the space. COCK also plays in the round so it feels like you’re watching a fight in an arena—no frills: just words and pure conflict in the ring, and an intense involvement in the audience.”
   THE CAST  


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


Niccolo Manahan (Next Fall, Doubt) makes a theatrical comeback as M, John’s lover who isn’t about to let him go without a fight.


Audie Gemora (Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables) as F, M’s well-meaning father whose sudden appearance at dinner throws everyone for a loop.


Jenny Jamora (Mind’s Eye, A Little Night Music) as W.


  THE ARTISTIC & CREATIVE TEAM
Direction by Rem Zamora
Technical Direction and Lighting Design by John Batalla
Set Design by Denis Lagdameo
Sound Design by Jethro Joaquin.


   SHOW DATES  
March 7 (Fri) - 9pm
March 8 (Sat) - 8pm
March 9 (Sun) - 4pm
March 14 (Fri) - 9pm
March 15 (Sat) - 8pm
March 16 (Sun) - 4pm
March 21 (Fri) - 9pm
no March 22 (Sat) show
March 23 (Sun) - 4pm
March 28 (Fri) - 9pm
March 29 (Sat) - 8pm
no March 30 (Sun) show
April 4 (Fri) - 9pm
April 5 (Sat) - 4pm/ 8pm
April 6 (Sun) - 4pm/ 8pm

The April 6 (Sunday, 8 pm) show is a special closing gala.


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 February 28, 2014 opening gala sponsored by Fila are available through Red Turnip Theater only.

Red Turnip Theater's COCK trailer




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