Brutal, sexual, and
poetic, BENT is the story of forbidden love triumphing over persecution.
This production honoring the 25th anniversary played September 26 through
October 26 at the Ruby Theatre at the Complex, in the heart of
Hollywood’s Theatre Row.
Martin Sherman’s worldwide hit play caused an uproar when it premiered
in 1979. "It educated the world," Sherman explains. "People
knew about how the Third Reich treated Jews and, to some extent, gypsies
and political prisoners. But very little had come out about their
treatment of homosexuals."
In Redemption Group’s provocative staging, sets and costumes transport
audiences to a major urban center in the near future where terror and
bigotry are alive and well. Sherman’s haunting text remains unchanged
with references to Berlin, Dachau and Hitler existing cheek-by-jowl with
contemporary house music, right-wing militia and one fierce drag queen.
Director John Lavin believes that the time is ripe to remind audiences
that “cultures who refuse to learn from their mistakes are condemned by
history to repeat them.”
one of the most dedicated and committed Actors I've ever worked
- Eric Morris, Master Teacher