"Absolutely recommend it! Honest, real and raw."
18+ / Course Language / Sexual Content
Bi, Hung, Fit... and Married is Mark Bentley Cohen's risqué, autobiographical one-person show about a couple's journey of self-discovery as they open their ailing 15-year marriage to explore evolving emotional and sexual needs beyond monogamy.
We are super excited to be presenting the show here in Vancouver this coming 28, 29 May.
Thanks to Zol Ruskin and his fabulous new sex positive venue, Club 8x6, we have the perfect setting for this show.
Performances will be followed by a Q&A open discussion with Mark and Lianna. The venue has a full bar, with lots of private spaces for mixing and mingling.
Our run in NYC last month was very well received. We got rave reviews (below) and amazing feedback, including being invited to the Midtown International Theatre Festival in NYC this summer!
Reviews Stage Buddy
"Mark Bentley Cohen's one-man show Bi, Hung, Fit… and Married takes the audience on a raucously funny, heartfelt and erotic ride ... Electric and engaging, Cohen delivers a captivating performance and commands the stage with gusto. ... You don't have to be bi, hung, fit or married to appreciate this humanistic tale about what it really means to truly love yourself and others."
"A show like this depends on as great storyteller for success, and Mark Bentley Cohen is a great storyteller. Clad in a simple white t-shirt and jeans, he holds the mostly empty stage, and the audience's attention, with assurance."
Dr. Richards and Dr. Ziegler
New York Theater Now
"Go see the show with an open mind, and perhaps learn a new way to get along with someone important in your life."
"Bi, Hung, Fit... and Married" - Intimate in Every Way
"The script is taut, well-paced and above all honest, which makes it such a sexy show.... Heed the sexual content warning and go see this show with a loved one, preferably an 18+ loved one with whom you wouldn't mind going home."
I saw your show on Monday evening and just wanted to thank you. It was brave, inspiring, and affirming. As a bi guy I identified with so much of it. It has taken me a long time to come out to myself so I was in awe of your self-confidence. Your honesty was truly inspiring. Thank you for sharing your journey with us in New York.
Thank you so much for putting into words things I only felt before but could not express, and for helping me through a difficult period in my life.
This was a most remarkable production, and I whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone with an interest in exploring the complexities, contradictions, and subtleties of contemporary marriages and relationships." Dave Doleshal, Ph.D., UC Berkeley
Read Dave Doleshal's entire letter of recommendation as a PDF.
"This may be the only piece of true theatre I've seen in 15 years in Vancouver. Remarkable, thought-provoking, psyche stretching.... Go see it!" Jeffery - Film Director/Writer/Producer
"My girlfriend has known I was bi since we started dating. She was one of the first women I dated after confirming that I was bi. We hadn't really figured out what that meant to our relationship and had both avoided the discussion until recently. Your show was the start of that discussion...."
Kevin, Vancouver, BC
"Crystal and I loved the show! Program notes are right: raw, edgy, boundary pushing, belief stretching ... add honest and provocative and a conversation stimulant."
Gail - former Board member Edmonton Fringe Festival
"Thanks Mark and Lian...really enjoyed your show and the talk after tonight. There are many scenes of the play touched me..the opening up, the marriage prison, the explorations...Wonderful show. Look forward to seeing the book soon."
Adam - former journalist from China
Interviews OUT Magazine
'"I knew there were other people out there, like me-like us-having relationship issues, sexual identity issues, issues that didn't seem to be workable within monogamy; however, without the requirement of monogamy these issues are very workable within a relationship. So, that's really the main motivation for writing and performing this piece.' states Cohen."
The EDGE Network
"The mission of his show, Cohen says, is to further the notion that "Humans are a lot more flexible and transformational than we as a culture allow. Modern relationships have to transform to allow for this fluidity. There are more single adults in the US now than any time in history. The vast majority of us do not participate in that (monogamous marriages). We are not broken, it's the narrative that is broken-the assumption being that any relationship that is not a lifelong one is a failure. Where did we get this idea?"
Thank Your Donors!
These are the people who have helped to make our NYC tour possible. Lianna and I want you to know how much we appreciate your contributions.
We could not do this without you. Thank you!
Major Sponsor - Getting Naked for Change Clement Kwong - Thank you Clem for your generous contribution and for being the first Major Sponsor of the project. Your zest for life and amazing success have been a source of inspiration to Lianna and I over the years. So appreciative of your support! Thank you!
Coaching Change Sophia Kotsovolos Stefanos - Thank you Sophia, George, Alexandros, Elena and Nikitas for your generous financial contribution. Sophia you have been such a strong support over the years, reading all the various iterations of the book, giving me feedback, inviting me to speak to your book club - which was a real joy for me! I cannot thank you enough.
Todd - Thank you Todd for your generous financial contribution and support for the project. You are a fellow traveller on the road to fulfillment, liberation, and a joyous life. Happy to have you along for the ride!
The Play for Change Chris Dobie - Thank you Chris for your financial donation, and the extensive contributions you've made to this project and the enthusiastic support you've given us over the years. It's been a rip-roaring ride for all of us!
John and Irene Ullman - Thank you John and Irene for your financial donation, as well as your priceless contributions of wisdom and guidance to this project over the past year.
Uknown Donor - Thank you for being the first one to contribute to the campaign! It takes courage to be the first one in.
Pat and Richard - Pat my gratitude extends far beyond your much-appreciated financial contribution. Quite simply, the book could not have been completed without your talented editorial input. Thank you and Richard both for being so amazing!
Aida - Your support for this project from day 1 has been instrumental in getting it to where it is today. Thank you for your financial contribution as well! You're the coolest cop I've ever met. Happy to know you're out there making a difference too.
Katalan - Both Lianna and I are so touched by your financial contribution. You too have broken free and are forging your own path. We know how tight money is, which makes your contribution that much more generous.
Monty, Betty, and Felix - Thank you for your financial contribution. You win the award for the first members of our family to contribute to the campaign! Big hugs.
Jef - Thank you for your financial contribution! Although you've only just found my site and contacted me about my book, you've put some money down in support of the project because you believe it's making a difference - which it is. Very happy to have made your acquaintance.
Anthony - Thank you for your financial contribution! Very neighbourly of you indeed. It is much appreciated. Can't wait to purchase one of your fabulous drawings.
Alison - Thank you for your financial contribution! And all the support you've shown us over the years. You are a shining star for so many. Keep on spreading your love!
Melissa and Chris - Thank you for your financial contribution! And for coming out to see the show. And for filming it. And for being such wonderful people. Your warmth and serenity radiate throughout Washington Heights, and beyond....
Lyza Ulrich - Thank you for your financial contribution! And for coming out to see the show at the Fringe. Hope to see you at the 8x6 performance too! And bring a friend.