Provocative Bi Play ‘Cock’ Opens in Colorado

theater_cock1Mike Bartlett’s play is titled Cock is a provocative non-sexual play that really focuses on bisexuality and it has opened in Lakewood, Colorado at the Edge Theater Company. The central character, John, breaks up with M, his older, long-term partner, and to his surprise finds himself profoundly attracted to W, a charming woman he sees frequently on the way to work. Brian Landis Folkins, Michael Bouchard and Rachel Bouchard are the actors playing the characters in this version, which played Los Angeles late last year.

In the review:

There’s a lot of discussion about just what it means to be gay, whether John is in fact bisexual and what bisexuality signifies, the fidelity John owes to M, and his fascination with the physical differences between his two lovers. John is drawn toward the comfort and familiarity of life with M, but at the same time longs for the house and children he could share with W. The sex scenes are indicated rather than graphic, but they’re genuinely sensual and affecting, as John and M quietly reassert their love for each other and, later, when John discovers, while making love to W, the glorious terrain of her woman’s body. M’s father, who seems a bit of a bully, admits it took him a while to accept his son’s homosexuality, but now he has his own thoughts about fidelity and is deeply committed to M’s happiness.

CLICK HERE for the review by Juliet Wittman of Westwood: http://www.westword.com/arts/theater-review-sparring-partners-take-center-stage-in-cock-6603244

Mike Szymanski
Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at [email protected]