Join Milwaukee Pride, Inc. at the World’s Stage Theatre Company local production of “BENT!”
Directed by Don Russell, BENT shares the tragic story of love blooming in the most brutal and unforgiving time and place: Nazi Germany’s Dachau concentration camp.
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, 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.
Attempting their escape, Max meets Horst, another homosexual prisoner, and warns Max to deny his lover. Taken to a death camp, Max and Horst branded with the “pink triangle”, hope to survive with each other for comfort and courage.
Despite their harsh surroundings, the two men fall in love. But can their love survive in a time of pure hate?
Parental advisory: this play contains adult themes, brief nudity and language.
“BENT,” written by Martin Sherman, is a Tony Award-nominated show, named among the 10 most influential post-war British plays by The Guardian. Past productions have starred Sir Ian McKellen, Richard Gere, Mick Jagger and Clive Owen, and a 2015 revival will star Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters.
BENT runs from Friday, July 10 through Sunday, July 19. Get tickets now — this emotionally powerful show will sell out!
Milwaukee Pride, Inc. is proud to call the World’s State Theatre Company one of its 2015/2016 community partners. Together, we will celebrate LGBT+ culture and community through a broad spectrum of theatrical works that inspire, entertain and delightfully shock audiences.
We thank the World’s Stage Theatre Company for being a community advocate for our organization.