By Martin Sherman
Directed by Tim Mollen
Original music by Santino DeAngelo
February 5-22, 2009: Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM; Sundays at 3PM
Binghamton City Stage
74 Carrol Street
Binghamton, NY 13901
Bent revolves around the escalating persecution of gay men by Germany's Third Reich before and during World War II. We meet the central character of Max, who has been living an exciting and carefree life in the heart of Berlin's vibrant and libertarian gay subculture. As the fascist government begins to round up, imprison and kill gays, a fateful mistake leads to Max's flight, his capture, and his rail car journey to the concentration camp at Dachau. The story of his existence there, and the love that transcends it, makes for an amazingly powerful human drama.
The original West End staging (starring Sir Ian McKellen) and its subsequent debut on Broadway (starring Richard Gere) both took place in 1979. When Bent was first performed, there was barely a trickle of research or even awareness about the Nazi persecution of homosexuals. The play helped to expand that research and awareness in the 1980's and 1990's. The film version of Bent, with Clive Owen, appeared in 1997.
This production is intended for mature audiences only. Due to the historical nature of the play, this production contains nudity, violence and strong sexual content.