Cockeye(D)

When a 23-year-old movie actor claims that an older director molested him when he was 15, it ruins the director's film career, and he vows revenge. Finding work in theatre, the director begins an all-male adaptation of The Bacchae. When the actor hears the director has been telling people the molestation never happened, he also vows revenge, and attempts to infiltrate the play. An adaptation of The Bacchae based around current events.
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Cockeye(D)

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  • Mark Loewenstern:
    2 Jun. 2020
    Not just a devastating revenge story. Not just a canny depiction of the claims and counter-claims that come when abuse is alleged. Pflaster here launches a searing investigation into the mutual sexual jealousy between young and old, between vitality and experience.
  • Elana Gartner:
    28 Jun. 2018
    Duncan's dark depiction of the many sides of a potential molestation in the entertainment industry and how careers have suffered as a result comes at an extremely poignant moment. With one eye on the #MeToo movement, audience members will feel each character's pain as the play unfolds and hurtles towards a confrontation.

Character Information

  • Dennis Kirkland
    40s,
    Any (but probably white)
    ,
    Male
    A filmmaker and theatre artist. Accused of molesting a male teenager who has now grown up to be a movie star and found his voice.
  • Franklin Gabriel
    20s,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Male
    A wacky rakish movie actor. Something appealingly feral about him. Kinda bicurious.
  • Corum Diamond
    30s,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Male
    A playwright; geek for classical theatre
  • Josh Epstein
    20s,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Male
    Franklin's best buddy, also an actor, who's been in a ton of movies with him. more full-figured and bro-y.
  • Scott Pitts
    20s,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Male
    Very pretty actor, suddenly a big deal in Hollywood, but still very naive about it.
  • Harvey Leporello
    40s-50s,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Male
    Dennis' manager. Kind of nerdy and thirsty
  • Chorus
    Any Age,
    Any race / ethnicity
    ,
    Any (but probably Male)
    7 to 20 half-naked men who will play all the other roles in the play, with as much doubling as you prefer.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Turn to Flesh Productions
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    TOSOS - The Other Side of Silence
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    EMG Playwright Group
    ,
    2017