Cock Brings Bi Love Triangle to L.A.

Mike Bartlett's play about a sexually conflicted young man will make its West Coast premiere.

BY Brandon Voss

August 25 2014 7:15 AM ET

The cast of Cock in rehearsal

A young man named John is torn between two competitive lovers, one male and one female, in Mike Bartlett's Cock

Directed by Cameron Watson, Cock opens September 13 and runs through October 19 at the Rogue Machine Theatre in Los Angeles, marking the controversial play's West Coast premiere.

"John desperately needs some straightening out ... no intermission, no retreat, and no surrender," according to press notes about the production, which stars Matthew Elkins, Gregory Itzin, Rebecca Mozo, and Patrick Stafford.

Following its Olivier Award-winning debut in 2009 at London's Royal Court Theatre with Ben Whishaw starring as John, Cock made its American premiere in 2012 at off-Broadway's Duke on 42nd Street with Cory Michael Smith in the lead role. The Advocate named Cock among its top 10 LGBT-inclusive New York theater of 2012, writing that it "raised but appropriately failed to answer questions about bisexuality" and "invested the rapt audience like an exhilaratingly tense sporting event.
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"For me, it's not about defying labels, and it's not about a promotion of bisexuality," Smith told Playbill. "I think the play's more about asking why we try to figure these things out, why there has to be answer, why there has to be a right or a wrong, why should anyone tell someone else they have to know what they are. It doesn't matter."

For tickets and more information visit RogueMachineTheatre.com.

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