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TFN Video Blog - Patrick: "The Cockfight Play"

TFN Video Blog - Patrick: "The Cockfight Play"

My name is Patrick Letterii, I'm here with Theater Fanatic.  So I saw this play at The Duke called Cock written by Mike Bartlett and directed by James MacDonald.  It's been out for a couple months, I think it's doing pretty well and I saw it like, the second preview, and in the play, there's no props, there's no miming, there's no stage.  It's just three actors kind of going at it for an hour and a half.  That's kind of all you need to know.  And the house is a proscenium, bleachers, kind of elevated so it kind of looks like you're at a cockfight.  And the house lights are on the whole time.  So, it's a very unique experience and I was totally digging it the whole time because it's kind of right up my alley.  So there's this climactic moment in the play and this guy is just going in on this girl and just yelling at her and screaming and super emotional, and then suddenly, in the first row this old lady's cell phone goes off, which, happens sometimes, but because of the set up they created it was just that much more awkward and that much more of an elephant in the room.  And of course, like, she was oblivious.  She was like seventy years old.  And he lets it ring a couple times and finally he just stops the scene and he like walks over and he just looks at her.  And finally she deals with it, and then he goes back into the scene - he kind of does like this - and he's like "okay," you know, and kind of jumps back into it, sort of like a boxer.  And it was cool, because, in some ways, I mean, I hate it when that happens, and everyone, you know, that's like the worst thing that could happen when you're seeing a play, but in some ways it was ? it kind of worked, because just the theme of the play ? it was very much like a cockfight.  Like it was these two actors, these two fighters, you know, kind of in a theater gym, and he was just jumping back into the fight, and it was funny because ? yeah, like I said, it worked in some weird way.  Not that I would want another cell phone to go off, but it was cool.  This has been Patrick Letterii from Theater Fanatic signing off.