Bent by Martin Sherman
Directed by Joel Rainey
Produced by Jerry Sipp
February 9 - 18, 2018 Umstead Park United Church of Christ, 8208 Brownleigh Drive, Raleigh, 27617
Tickets on sale in November, 2017
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.