"Bent" Touches On Timely Themes At Beck Center

Landmark drama runs June 1 -July 1, 2018 in the Studio Theater.

Beck Center for the Arts proudly presents "Bent" June 1 through July 1, 2018 in the intimate Studio Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. A Talk-Back in conjuction with the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland will be announced soon. Tickets are now on sale. Bent contains strong adult content.

The ground-breaking play "Bent" is about a group of gay men finding ways to survive persecution before and after the Night of the Long Knives. Within the confines of a concentration camp a secret love affair illustrates how the selfless love of one person for another can overcome oppression, even under the most extreme circumstances. When "Bent" was written, there was little awareness about the persecution of homosexuals by the Nazis. The play helped increase education and historical research. The original West End production starred Ian McKellen, and Richard Gere played the role on Broadway that premiered in 1979 and later was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play.

"With world events unfolding every day, this is perhaps the most timely play of the season," remarked Beck Center Artistic Director Scott Spence. Directed by Matthew Wright, Professor of Theater at Oberlin College, the talented cast includes Brian AltmanDavid Bugher, Antonio DeJesus, Luke Ehlert, Nate Homolka, Andrew Gorell, and Geoff Knox. Gorell and Knox both appear courtesy of the Actors' Equity Association (AEA).

Tickets are $33 for adults, $29 for seniors (65 and older), and $15 for students with a valid I.D. A $3 service fee per ticket will be applied at time of purchase. Group discounts are available for parties of four or more. Purchase tickets online at beckcenter.org or call Customer Service at 216.521.2540 x10. Beck Center for the Arts is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, just ten minutes west of downtown Cleveland. Free onsite parking is available.

This production of "Bent" is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. It is generously sponsored by the residents of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council.

Beck Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers professional theater productions on two stages, arts education programming for all ages and abilities, including dance, music, theater, visual arts, and creative arts therapies for individuals with special needs, outreach education, and free gallery exhibitions.

Belle Mercurio

Digital Marketing Strategist for Beck Center for the Arts

Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 10:43 PM, 06.05.2018