Full Length Play
More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 1940s / WWII, 1930s
Settings Of Play - Nazi Berlin.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Play w/ Music
Scene work, Competition or audition material
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Intense Adult Themes
Death, Jewish/Yiddish issues, LGBT issues, Love, War
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
From Broadway, From West End
Nominee! 1980 Tony Award, Best Play
Named among the "10 most influential postwar British plays" by Guardian UK!
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 awoved 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. It was directed by Robrt Chetwyn. The play subsequently transferred to London's West End at the Criterion Theatre on July 4, 1979. The play premiered on Broadway at the New Apollo Theatre in New York City on December 2, 1979. It was directed by Robert Allan Ackerman.