THEATRE PREVIEW

NOVEMBER 2019 | Volume 185

 

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Cock
by Mike Bartlett
Untold Wants Theatre
The Cultch Historic Theatre
Dec. 5-15
$25/$20
www.thecultch.com or 604-251-1363
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Untold Wants Theatre presents COCK, Mike Bartlett's uproarious battle of wit and persuasion that centers around John, who, having left his 7-year relationship with M, a man, falls in love with W, a woman. "That's what this is, isn't it? The ultimate bitch fight?" John's choice becomes not only a choice between two people, but a larger choice of lifestyle, family, and identity. John finds himself in a ridiculous and delicate dance between his lovers, so as not to lose those them, or worse, his sense of self. The play raises the question, does who we love dictate who we are? Aware of society's expectations of labels, it screams "No." But, like John who can never really be sure, we find ourselves vacillating between examples and what-ifs. The piece sheds light on the nuance of any relationship, regardless of sexual preference. "Not man or woman but what they're like. What they do. Why didn't anyone say?" The piece is non-linear, with a hilarious, yet sardonic twist for an ending.
"With our ethos of bringing new works to the stage, as well as staying true to the classics, Vancouver was the perfect choice to allow us to do this piece. It's relatively still new. With COCK, the theme of difficulty of facing choice, when that choice defines our identity, is a feeling to which we can all relate. We can understand the overwhelming feeling brought on by too many options. The work is in forcing ourselves to dive into one world or another, in the dark, not knowing what the future will bring. That's what speaks to me about this play." Éanna O'Dowd, Co-founder, Untold Wants Theatre

Cast & Crew Bios

Karl Mercer – "John"
Karl Mercer is British actor based in Vancouver. After training at the Guildford School of Acting, he cut his teeth in the London fringe theatre scene, including Julius Caesar, As Is, Protect and Survive, Hedda Gabler, Newsrevue (performer and writer), the longest running sketch comedy show in the world. His Film/TV credits include When Calls the Heart and SnowpiercerBrahms: The Boy 2. Karl is a published writer of short stories and poems, and nonfiction pieces in The Guardian and Buzzfeed.

Preston Vanderslice – "M"
From Texas via California, Preston decided to move to Vancouver five years ago when he grew tired of incessant driving, one season and no rain. His credits include Cloak and Dagger (Freeform), Arrow (CW), Second Chance (Fox), Girlfriends Guide to Divorce (Bravo), and he's currently a regular in Mystery 101 (Hallmark).

M.J. Kehler – "W"
Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, MJ has worked across Canada on a variety of projects that have allowed her to strengthen her ability as an actor on both screen and stage. TV/Film credits include A Teacher (FX), The 100 (CW), Cold Wind Blowing (CyberCraft Video). MJ was the lead in G. Patrick Condon's Newfoundland-shot feature Incredible Violence, premiering at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain and the Frontières Market at Cannes in 2018. Her theatre credits include The Desolation Prize (Trembling Void). MJ is a recipient of the Working Actors Gym Scholarship for young actors, and the Women in Film and Television mentorship program.

Gerard Plunkett – "F" 
Gerard last appeared at the Cultch in Samuel Beckett's All That Fall for Blackbird Theatre. Over the years he has tackled everything from Ayckbourn to ShakespeareHe is a Jessie Richardson and Leo award winner with over a hundred movie and TV credits.

Éanna O'Dowd – Co-Producer/ Lighting Designer / "M" Understudy
Stage credits include The Human Ear and Reasons to Be Pretty (Untold Wants), National Irish tours of Vernon God Little and The Dead School (Decadent Theatre Company), Spring Awakening (Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh), White Ted and the Right to Die (RCS, Glasgow), A Terrible Beauty (Oran Mor, Glasgow), Our Country's Good (The Tron Theatre, Glasgow). His television credits include; Limetown, The 100, The Exorcist, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and A Series of Unfortunate Events. His film credits include; Stitches, Black Ice. He is co-founder of Untold Wants Theatre.

Jessica Aquila Cymerman – Director/Co-Producer
Jessica Aquila Cymerman is a director, painter, and co-founder of Untold Wants Theatre in Dublin. Theatre Directing credits include The Human Ear by Alexandra Wood and Reasons to be Pretty by Neil LaBute (Untold Wants), Cock by Mike Bartlett (80 West Productions, LA), The Gift and Strange Relations (staged readings, IAMA Theatre, LA), White Ted and the Right to Die by Jo Clifford (RCS, Glasgow); Il Cambiale di Matrimonio by Rossini (Raucous Rossini, Glasgow); The Seagull: A Musical Adaptation (co-writer, Original Production, RCS); The Dreams in Which I'm Dying by Nick Pappas (Fraggled Productions, LA); Urinetown, The Musical (Fraggled Productions, LA), Reefer Madness! The Musical (SLC), The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee (SLC); Assistant directed La Rondine by Puccini (dir. Ben Davis, RCS), Assistant directed and associate produced Phantom Owls Production's excursion to the Edinburgh Fringe Fest. (2015) with 7 shows, including Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph (dir. Larissa Kokernot), Filthy Talk for Troubled Times be Neil LaBute, Fault Lines by Stephen Belber (dir. Matthew Lillard). She directed Woyczek at the Powerhouse Theatre New York Stage and Film Apprenticeship Program (2008). She has her BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and MA in Directing from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, with training from Shakespeare's Globe, UK.

Listing Information:

COCK
by Mike Bartlett
An award-winning comedy presented by Untold Wants Theatre.
December 5-15 8:00PM
Dec 7,8, 14, & 15 2:00PM
The Cultch / Historic Theatre 
Tickets are $25 and $20 for Students and Seniors
Tickets are on sale now at www.thecultch.com

 

 

 

 

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