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COCK

 

When John takes a break from his boyfriend, he accidentally meets the girl of his dreams. Filled with guilt, confusion and indecision, he decides there is only one way to straighten things out… Mike Bartlett’s punchy drama takes a playful, candid look at sexuality and the difficulties that arise when you realize you have a choice of who you love. With carefully poised dialectics, COCK explores ambivalence in love and human nature through a nexus of emotions, relations and choices. Stripping drama down to its essential language only, this is a masterpiece of strong characters and well-crafted dialogue.

What gives this work its punch and its invigorating lifeblood is something more primal, though it’s rendered in utterly contemporary terms. That’s Mr. Bartlett’s keen and dispassionate evocation of the will to control, to consume, to possess, which that thing we call love often brings out in us, especially when it seems threatened.
-Ben Brantley, NY Times

*Note: the final weekend of this production will be produced in partnership with and performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. The performance on Friday, November 22nd will be a special benefit performance for Equality Ohio in partnership with that organization and MOCA Cleveland.


ARTISTS:

Andrew Gombas (JOHN) is thrilled to be making his Dobama debut in COCK. He is a graduate of Oberlin College ’12 where he studied the Narrative Arts. Recent area productions have included Cymbeline (Guiderius), The Emperor’s Ears (Ensemble), Inquietude (Boy), and Iphigenia 2.0 (Homeless Veteran). Andrew is also a songwriter and storyteller, and recently wrote, directed, and performed a one-man musical,The Devil’s Jawbone, which was performed in Oberlin.

Drew Kopas* (M) is ecstatic to return to Cleveland and to perform with Dobama! Cleveland:  Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale at Great Lakes Theater. Regional:  Valentine in Two Gentlemen of Verona and Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice at Virginia Shakespeare Festival; Much Ado About Nothing at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Washington DC:  Twelfth Night at the Shakespeare Theatre Company; King Louis XIV in Las Meninas at Rep Stage; Gunner in Misalliance and Da at Olney Theatre Center; Romeo in A Commedia Romeo and Juliet with Faction of Fools; The Ramayana and On the Razzle at Constellation Theatre; Aldo in Italian American Reconciliation at 1st Stage.  Baltimore:  Pygmalion and All My Sons at Everyman Theatre.  Tour: Orlando in As You Like It, Valentine in Two Gentlemen of Verona and 1984 for the National Players.  Training: Cleveland State University, Western Illinois University: MFA in Acting.  Go Browns!

Lara Knox* (W) is honored to make her Dobama debut, or near-to debut, she did a “Night Kitchen” show back in the 90′s as a teen. Local theatre include: Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Ohio Shakespeare Festival, Magical Theatre, CoachHouse, JCC, True North and ConCon. Regional theatres include: Pennsylvania Center Stage, Gallery Players (NYC), Directors Company (NYC) and The Kraine (NYC). Special thanks to Geoff and family for their love and the VTR for their support. Lara holds her MFA from Penn State and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.

Bob Keefe (F) is a native Clevelander.  After 3 Summers of Porthouse Theatre at Kent State University, Bob moved to Chicago where he worked in local and regional theaters.  Favorite roles in Chicago include Demetrius in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with the Pegasus Players,  Dr. Prentice in “What the Butler Saw” at the Theatre Shoppe, and Brasset in  “Where’s Charlie?” directed by Gary Griffin at the Apple Tree.  He also toured as Stanley in “A Bed Full of Foreigners” with The Old Creamery Theatre in Iowa.  Since returning to Cleveland a decade ago, Bob has appeared frequently at The Actors’ Summit in Akron, and occasionally at the Cleveland Public Theatre, the Cleveland Play House, the Lakeland Theater, and in two long running improvisational shows at Playhouse Square; “We Gotta Bingo”, and “Flanagan’s Wake.”  He is very excited to be making his Dobama Debut in “Cock”.

Corey Atkins (DIRECTOR) is Associate Producer at Cleveland Play House and joined the staff of CPH in 2011 as Artistic Associate—Engagement. Previously he was based in New York City working as a freelance director and producer. Director: 8 by Dustin Lance Black (CPH) and BECOMING LIV ULLMANN (staff director–CPH New Ground Theatre Festival); HAMLET, adapter and director (Lincoln Center Theatre Open Stages/Lincoln Center Institute); Will Eno’s THOM PAIN (based on nothing) (Amphibian Stage Prod., DFW); 2010 Staff Repertory Director, and 2011 tour re-mount of ROMEO AND JULIET (The Acting Company);  Georg Büchner’s LEONCE AND LENA (also adapter), the premiere of Lia Romeo’s MRS. HENDERSON’S CAT, and REELING by Barry Kornhauser (Hangar Theatre); MASS/PERSON, a new translation of Ernst Toller’s MASSE MENSCH, by Laura Schlachtmeyer (Manhattan Theatre Source); SHELLIE by Curtis Clarendon (reading–U.S. premiere, SoHo ThinkTank/Caribbean Playwrights Exchange); Naomi Wallace’s SLAUGHTER CITY (5 Austin Critics’ Table nominations) and BETWEEN THIS BREATH AND YOU (premiere reading, with the playwright); AISLE 7 by Kendall Lynch (premiere, Critics’ Table nomination, “Best Direction”), and UMBRELLA by L. Pontius (premiere); as well as  projects for Austin Script Works. Producer: Line Producer for the 2009 Drama League Gala, featuring Chita Rivera, Donna Murphy, Julie White, Gavin Creel and the cast of HAIR, and Daphne Rubin Vega, among others; Assistant Producer for the 2007 Co-op/Cohen New Works Festival, the nation’s largest collegiate new works festival. Assistant or Associate Director: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Guthrie Theatre/Acting Co., Cleveland Play House, Keen Company, and Portland Stage Co., and the State Theatre (Austin). Corey was also Editorial Associate on the award-winning anthology Nine Plays by José Cruz González: Magical Realism and Mature Themes in Theatre for Young Audiences (Distinguished Book of 2009, American Alliance for Theatre & Education) and will contribute an interview essay to the first anthology of plays for young audiences by Stephen Dietz. Awarded the prestigious W.H. ‘Deacon’ Crane Award by the Austin Critics’ Table for his cumulative work in Austin. Corey is a proud Drama League Directing Fellow, a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and was a finalist for the 2010 Sir John Gielgud Fellowship with Michael Grief. He holds an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Texas at Austin.

*members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States appearing under a special appearance contract