Bent by Martin Sherman
Peel the Limelight presented the award-winning and gut-wrenching play BENT by Martin Sherman at the Petralai Management Theatre of Chulalongkorn Business School in May 2014.
\BENT deals with persecution, discrimination and alienation but most of all love. It is set against the backdrop of the Night of Long Knives in 1934 Berlin and the subsequent incarceration of its characters into the recently opened Dachau Concentration Camp. It is the end of the decadent years of Berlin and the beginning of the dark days of the Holocaust. The play addresses the responsibility of self - the concepts of autonomy, survival and ultimately transcendence or even liberation.
Between 1933 and 1945 approximately 100,000 homosexuals were arrested. This play tells the story of a few of them.
BENT originally opened in 1979 in London's West End starring Ian McKellen and the following year opened on Broadway starring Richard Gere. In addition to a Tony Award nomination for Best Play, it was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and won a Dramatists Guild's Hull-Warriner Award.
The 1997 film version was directed by Sean Mathias with performances by Clive Owen, Ian McKellen, Mick Jagger and Jude Law. It won Award of the Youth at the Cannes Film Festival.