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Bent, by Martin Sherman- A Staged Reading
March 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
The Florida Holocaust Museum presents a staged reading of “Bent,” performed by A Simple Theatre on Tuesday, March 15th, at 7:00 pm.
“Bent” is a 1979 play by Martin Sherman, and its title refers to the slang word “bent” used in some European countries to refer to homosexuals. Bent revolves around the persecution of gays in Nazi Germany, and takes place during and after the Night of the Long Knives, sometimes called Operation Hummingbird, when the Nazi regime carried out a three-day series of political ex-judicial executions.
At least 85 people died during the purge, although the final death toll may have been in the hundreds, and more than a thousand perceived opponents were arrested. The night was a turning point for the German government that established Hitler as “the supreme judge of the German people,” as he put in his July 13, 1934 speech to the Reichstag.
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.
Produced with and performed by A Simple Theatre at The Florida Holocaust Museum. This performance is for mature audiences only.
To purchase tickets, visit asimpletheatre.org or call (727) 864-7811.