London hit lands commercial run

Producers Stuart Thompson and Jean Doumanian will take “Cock” Off Broadway, teaming with the U.K.’s Royal Court to bring scribe Mike Bartlett’s London hit to Gotham in a run that opens in the spring.

James Macdonald (“Top Girls,” “Dying City”), who helmed the play in its 2009 London preem at the Court, returns to stage the show Stateside. Production has not yet been cast but will likely star American thesps.

“Cock” reps a rare commercial endeavor for Off Broadway, the economics of which many producers deem inhospitable due to factors including the marketing domination of Broadway and the reduced potential income of smaller theaters. In a benefit to the bottom line, though, Macdonald’s spare production of “Cock” features few set demands and only four actors.

Attention-grabbing title may also attract ticket buyers’ attention but could prove an advertising challenge in many profanity-averse publications.

Doumanian (“August: Osage County”) has a recent track record Off Broadway, having produced a string of outings at the Barrow Street Theater including “Our Town,” “Mistakes Were Made” and the current “Cymbeline.” Thompson was a producer on “Red Light Winter” at the Barrow Street in 2006.

Theater, dates and full creative team for “Cock” remain to be set.

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