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Thursday, March 6, 2014

What in Cock's Name Is Red Turnip's Play About?


Cock . . well that's a title that will certainly grab you, regardless of what gender you belong. It certainly sparked my curiosity especially with people already buzzing about it. Giggly theater-goers would joke about minding what you say about the play . . . “I want to see Cock”, “Cock was great”, or “I love Cock”. Well, Red Turnip Theater did make a scene with this stripped-down theater play. What I mean to say, is that with the barest of set design, that's like an arena for a cock fight, and with a cast of only four actors, the play delivered maximum entertainment highlighting pure acting talent with the audience guided to use their imagination.

People who have been regulary watching theater would know that having a cast with Audie Gemora, Topper Fabregas, Jenny Jamora, and Niccolo Manahan will expect no less than perfection in their dialogue delivery, blocking, and basically keep the play going regardless of minor stumbles. If there was a “Little hitch”, no one noticed . . the performance was flawless. Imagine using dialogue and blocking to take over scenes or sets, the director really had a challenge before him. And because of that, I have to give a lot of credit to Director Rem Zamora for this concept. I believe it worked because of the great talents onstage who must have the confidence to perform with no set, no curtains to hide in, and performing inches away from the audience who happen to be surrounding you on all sides.

All four actors were equally great in their roles. Period. I would just like to point out a favorite scene, which I felt was just as memorable as the famous scene from the movie “When Harry Met Sally”, and that is the imaginary sex scene between Topper and Jenny. As the audience had to settle with their imagination with regard to the visual aspect, the sound and the feeling was delivered so vividly and in good taste. I'm certain it left a smile in everyone's face. So that's all I am going to share with you . . . you just have to watch the rest for yourself.


What happens when a young gay man falls in love with a woman? COCK, by Mike Bartlett, revolves around a gay couple whose rocky relationship derails when one of them sleeps (and falls in love) with a woman. The result is “the ultimate bitch fight”,

Fresh off the success of their critically-acclaimed CLOSER last October at Whitespace, Red Turnip promises another unique, in your face theatrical experience with it's second offering.. Rem Zamora makes his directorial debut with COCK.“We’re excited to be back in Whitespace. A lot of people who came to CLOSER said they enjoyed the intimacy of the experience and the space. That was in Hall B. We’re going even more intimate this time in the smaller Hall A. COCK also plays in the round so it feels like you’re watching a fight in an arena—no frills: just words and pure conflict in the ring, and an intense involvement in the audience.”

Zamora has assembled a tight cast of theatrical heavyweights for COCK’s Manila premier: Topper Fabregas (Boeing Boeing, The Producers), Niccolo Manahan (Next Fall, Doubt), Jenny Jamora (Mind’s Eye, A Little Night Music), Audie Gemora (Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables)

Fabregas is John, a young man caught between his gay lover and his growing attraction to another woman- W, played by Jamora.

Niccolo Manahan makes a theatrical comeback as M, John’s lover who isn’t about to let him go without a fight. “I feel ‘Cock’ will be a great experiment for me; an experiment in balancing my life with the things I enjoy doing, and an experiment in pushing my range. I don’t know where this experiment will lead but its an incredible opportunity that I’m thankful for.”

Rounding off this impressive cast is theatre stalwart Audie Gemora as F, M’s well-meaning father whose sudden appearance at dinner throws everyone for a loop. “The birth of a theater group is always exciting and eventful with fresh artistic vision and passion. I am thrilled to be part of Red Turnips 2nd offering, ‘Cock’. This is Rem Zamora's directorial debut and my first time to be acting opposite brilliant young actors Niccolo Manahan and Jenny Jamora, while Topper Fabregas takes on his most complex character yet. Together we jump into a crackling cock fight of personalities, emotions and words.”

Cock will be staged at Whitespace — 2314 Chino Roces Ave. Extension (formerly Pasong Tamo Extension), Makati — on March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4 (Friday, 9 p.m.); March 8, 15, 29 and April 5 (Saturday, 8 p.m.); April 5, Saturday at 4 p.m.; March 9, 16, 23 and April 6 (Sunday, 4 p.m.) and special closing gala on April 6, Sunday, 8 p.m.

Tickets are available through TicketWorld (891-9999 or www.ticketworld.com.ph)
Or Red Turnip Theater (redturniptheater@gmail.com or

https://www.facebook.com/RedTurnipTheater)

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