COCK

WRITTEN BY MIKE BARTLETT
NOW STREAMING
DIRECTED BY DAVID MUSE

John breaks up with his boyfriend of many years. A few weeks later, he’s desperate to be taken back—but can’t stop sleeping with the woman he started seeing in their weeks off. In a world with so many ways to be happy, how do you know the right thing when you have it? A sexy, conflicted look at attraction, ambivalence, and commitment. David Muse remakes his 2014 Helen Hayes-award winning production for the camera.

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SHOW INFORMATION

Runtime: 1 hour and 40 minutes

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Studio Theatre's 2020-2021 season is made possible through the generosity of Season Sponsors Susan and Dixon Butler; Dr. Mark Epstein and Amoretta Hoeber; David and Jean Heilman Grier; Arlene and Robert Kogod; Judge Albert Lauber and Prof. Craig Hoffman; Joan and David Maxwell; Teresa and Dan Schwartz; Steven and Linda Skalet; Bobbi and Ralph Terkowitz; and Amy Weinberg and Norbert Hornstein.

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The Artists

Cast

Production Team

DIRECTOR OF VIDEO

Wes Culwell

Wes Culwell is an award-winning producer and director. He founded Studiio Box Creative in 2012 and has been committed to creating visibility around social justice issues as well as establishing Studiio Box as a premier creative agency in the greater Washington, DC area. Wes has spent more than 20 years in production, including nine years producing for networks such as NBC, Bravo, Oxygen, VH1, TLC, and National Geographic. During this challenging year for the arts, Wes has focused his energies on assisting theatrical companies to bring their visions to the digital screen. He received a BA in Drama from the University of California, Irvine and an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University. studiioboxdc.com.

(As of January 2021)

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Colin K. Bills

Colin K. Bills (he/him/his) returns to Studio where he designed the stage productions of Cock, as well as An Iliad, Lungs, Circle Mirror Transformation, The Year of Magical Thinking, Stoop Stories, Radio GolfContractions, POP!, That Face, Autobahn, The Death of Meyerhold, Tommy, Four, and Bat Boy. He is a Company Member and Board Member at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, where he has designed over 50 productions, including the recent streaming production of Hi, Are You Single?, and is a member of the company’s EDI Working Group. He was a founding member of the devised theatre troupe dog & pony dc, serving as director, writer, actor, and designer for a dozen new works, including A Killing Game and Beertown. Colin is the recipient of a Princess Grace Award and three Helen Hayes Awards. He has taught design at Howard University and is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

(As of January 2021)

SOUND CUE DESIGN

James Bigbee Garver

James Bigbee Garver's previous designs for Studio include the 2014 production of Cock, as well asThe Hard Problem, Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love, Moth, Skin Tight, 2-2 Tango, Contractions, Lungs, and assistant design for the Enda Walsh Festival (2011). In Washington, DC, his work has been heard at Signature Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, Round House Theatre, Theater J, Chamber Dance Project, and Georgetown University, among others. His Off Broadway credits include work at Theatre Row, Ballet Hispanico at The Apollo Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, PS-122, Harkness Dance Center at the 92nd Street Y, Joyce SoHo, Japan Society, and Robert Wilson's The Watermill Center. His installation and sound artwork have been on view at three Smithsonian museums (the Hirshhorn, National Museum of American History, and National Museum of Natural History), Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival, and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. www.bigbee.org.

(As of January 2021)

TEXT AND DIALECT COACH

Elizabeth Forte Alman

Elizabeth Forte Alman returns to Studio after last coaching Cloud 9 and The Hard Problem. A voice, speech, text, and dialect coach in the Washington, DC area for 20 years, she has coached productions at The Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Round House Theatre, Rep Stage, and Everyman Theatre. She is the founder and CEO of Spiel, a corporate training, private coaching, and executive development consulting firm. She currently teaches in the School of Theater at George Mason University and has taught at University of Maryland, Catholic University, the Academy of Classical Acting, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is a Shakespeare's Globe Fellow, a Cosmos Club Scholar, and an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®. Elizabeth holds a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Maryland, an MFA from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival/University of Alabama Professional Actor Training Program, and a BA from Illinois State University. spielllc.com.

(As of January 2021)

DRAMATURG

Adrien-Alice Hansel

Adrien-Alice Hansel (Dramaturg) is the Literary Director at Studio, where she has dramaturged the world premieres of I Hate it Here, Queen of Basel, The Remains, No Sisters, I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart, Animal, Red Speedo, Dirt, Lungs, and The History of Kisses as well as productions of Cry It Out, Translations, Curve of Departure, The Effect, Wig Out!, Straight White Men, Cloud 9, Hedda Gabler, Constellations, Jumpers for Goalposts, Bad Jews (twice), The Apple Family Plays, Invisible Man, Sucker Punch, The Golden Dragon, and The New Electric Ballroom, among others. Prior to joining Studio, she spent eight seasons at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she headed the literary department and coordinated project scouting, selection, and development for the Humana Festival of New American Plays. She is the co-editor of eight anthologies of plays from Actors Theatre and editor of 10 editions of plays through Studio. Adrien-Alice holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

(As of January 2021)

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER

Allie Roy

Allie Roy returns after stage managing Studio’s first audio play, Kings. Her other Studio credits include Admissions, If I Forget, Translations, Curve of Departure, Straight White Men, Murder Ballad, Silence! The Musical, and the world premiere of Animal for the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. Regional credits include West Side Story in concert with the National Symphony Orchestra and Love, Factually at The Kennedy Center; the world premieres of Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing and Diner as well as A Chorus Line, Grand Hotel, The Scottsboro Boys, West Side Story, and Elmer Gantry at Signature Theatre; the world premiere of After the War as well as When January Feels Like Summer and Ulysses on Bottles at Mosaic Theater Company; and The Originalist at Arena Stage.

(As of January 2021)

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Lücién Reubens

Lücién Reubens is a queer actor, technician, activist, art maker, and creator. Studio's production of Cock is their first time serving as production assistant. They have worked on lights for Doubt and Pipeline at Studio and The Bodyguard at Toby’s Dinner Theatre, and worked in sound for A Sign of Rain at Studio, Disney’s Newsies at Arena Stage and Arbat’s Bremenskie Muzikanty at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre. They began working in professional theatre at Olney Theatre Center, assisting with lighting for the regional premieres of Elf the Musical, Once, Matilda, and Tiger Style!, as well as the North American premieres of Labour of Love, Oil, and Mary Stuart. Lücién graduated with a BFA in Theater from Colgate University. On Instagram and Twitter at @livinpoetry.

(As of January 2021)

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Annabel Heacock

Annabel Heacock (Assistant Director) is a director, writer, performer, deviser, and recent Northwestern University graduate with degrees in Theatre and Sociology. Select Northwestern directing credits include an immersive production of The Visit, The Donkey Show, Carrie the Musical, and Crisis Resolution in the Middle East for the annual Agnes Nixon Playwriting Festival. Assistant directing credits include The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls and Twelfth Night. While at Northwestern, Annabel served as the Artistic Director of WAVE Productions, a self-supporting, not-for-profit student theatre company. She also coordinated the annual Director's Festival, helping young artists develop their craft and direct a fully produced one-act play.

(As of March 2021)

Press

A stylish and sophisticated blend of the theatrical and the cinematic.
DC Metro Theater Arts
Unzips dramatically and artfully with clear focus, fun, and determination.
Front Mezz Junkies
[An] intensely watchable battle of wills
WASHINGTON POST
Crass and callous, heart-breaking and hilarious.
Broadway World
A most successful outing in the world of pandemic theater.
Stage and Cinema

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