"Bent" by Martin Sherman
April 28 - May 13
Fri. & Sat. at 8PM on April 28, 29, May 5, 6, 12, 13
with a Sun. matinee on May 7 at 2PM (followed by a panel discussion)
directed by Will Jeffries
set design Donna E Glen
produced by Nicole Veach & Desirae Kelley
Free preview for senior citizens on Thurs., April 27 at 8PM
Note: "Bent" contains nudity, violence, mature content - children not admitted
Nominee! 1980 Tony Award, Best Play
Named among the "10 most influential postwar British plays" by Guardian UK!
Anthony Contento - Max
Joe Russo - Horst
Craig David Rosen - Rudy
Tony Bosco-Schmidt - Greta
Nick Byrne - Wolf
Dana O'Neal - Uncle Freddie
Nick Kaye - Guard
Dan Patterson - Guard
Al Bhatt - Guard
Due to its relevance to current events, we have added a special panel discussion after the SUNDAY MATINEE on MAY 7. The panel will include speakers from the Stonewall Speakers Foundation to discuss the history of persecution of the LGBT community and current information on how to be an advocate for fair treatment of all people. This event is part of our 60th anniversary season, reaffirming our historic and continued commitment to diversity and inclusion. Discounts for teachers and special interest groups are available by contacting BrookfieldTheatreCT@gmail.com.
In 1934 Berlin on the eve of the Nazi incursion, Max, a grifter and his lover Rudy are recovering from a night of debauchery with a SA trooper. Two soldiers burst into the apartment and slit their guest's throat, beginning a nightmare odyssey through Nazi Germany. Ranked lower on the human scale than Jews, the men as avowed homosexuals, flee. Desperate and on the run, Max asks his own "discreetly" homosexual Uncle Freddie for help as the older man offers little more than suggestions on how to live, as he does, practicing homosexuality on the side. Attempting their escape, Rudy is beaten to death as Horst, another homosexual prisoner, warns Max to deny his lover. Taken to a death camp at Dachau, Max and Horst branded with the "pink triangle", hope to survive with each other for comfort and courage but it is not to be. Richard Gere created the role of Max on Broadway.
"Powerful and provocative." - The New York Times
"Brilliant...an explosive, overpowering experience." - Women's Wear Daily
Bent was first presented at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England, on May 3, 1979 staring Sir Ian McCellan. The play premiered on Broadway at the New Apollo Theatre in New York City on December 2, 1979 starring Richard Gere. It was directed by Robert Allan Ackerman.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Will Jeffries is the Artistic Director of The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts and is a retired professional actor. He has been directing and performing in community theater venues since 2004.
"Bent" is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts (View)
184 Whisconier Road
Brookfield, CT 06804
|Minimum Age: 13|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|