Spotlight on The Hive: From the Desk of Jared Greathouse
It was Spring of 2014, and I was balls-deep in rehearsals for a little play called THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT (by Stephen Adly Guirgis). The Hive had recently solidified script choices for our 2015 Theatre Revolution, and we were confident it would be our best season yet. That’s when I was first approached about possibly producing COCK by Mike Bartlett. A colleague of mine thought the script might be right up The Hive’s bizarre little alley. He was absolutely right. I LOVED it! Still do. I-LOVE-COCK…by Mike Bartlett. There. I said it. It’s out there now. But seriously, folks, to be honest, I found the whole thing a bit difficult to read. I mean, no props, no scenery, no stage direction, no pantomime; not to mention, Bartlett’s highly innovative writing style, all of which call for…no, DEMAND, a second read, maybe even a third. The man has mapped out every beat, every pause, every breath; every moment is meticulously thought out. Now, if you want to do a script like that justice (and, believe me, you do), you have to put together one helluva team to pull it off. Needless to say, there was a certain level of risk involved. I mean, it’s called COCK, for Christ sake! And yeah, sure, it wouldn’t be a Hive show without a certain amount of risk…blah, blah, blah. But this was different. We had already exhausted our budget for the year, but we knew if this play was going to be staged, it had to be NOW, and The Hive would have to be the company to make it happen.
Flash-forward six months after successfully reaching our fundraiser goal of $2500, and we finally had enough bread to put up COCK! With our guest Director, Lane Richins, Stage Manager/Hive Founder, Tiffany A. Greathouse, and a powerful cast behind us (William Richardson, Derek Gregerson, Allison Dayne & Jeffrey L. Owen), we were back on track for one kick-ass season! Now, anyone who’s ever been even remotely involved in a theatrical production knows these things can’t always go smoothly. “The show must go wrong,” am I right? Well, yeah, it did. Go wrong, that is. Luckily for us, though, the Salt Lake valley is teeming with amazingly talented actors like Derek Gregerson, who can step into a role last-minute, and completely immerse himself in the story from day one. Mad props, Derek! Bravo!
To sum it all up, don’t stage a Theatre Revolution if you aren’t ready to fight a few battles, maybe even a cock fight or two? Theatre can be a challenge, yup, it’s true. At times, you’ll meet resistance on all fronts. Sometimes from places you’d least expect. Within the last year or so, I’ve actually had several close friends in the theatre community proclaim to me, “You can’t do THAT show. Not in Utah.” My response…”Watch me!”
P.S. Come see COCK by Mike Bartlett: June 19, 20, 26 & 27, 2015 @ 8pm @ Sugar Space Sugar House. Only four performances. Seating is limited!