UPDATE: 'First Impression' by Deborah Martin of the San Antonio Express-News, July 19 (". . . frequently disturbing, as it should be. It is also a powerful story of love and survival, and may be Proxy’s strongest show to date. Don’t miss it.")
UPDATE: Review by Deborah Martin in the San Antonio Express-News, July 23
UPDATE: Reflections on the death of a character at the final curtain call, Proxy Theatre blog, August 1
by Martin Sherman
directed by Chelsea Taylor
July 19 - August 4, Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Overtime Center for the Arts, 1203 Camden Street, San Antonio (click for map)
Tickets $8 - $32 plus on-line fees or at the door.
Information at www.proxytheatre.org or at (210) 865-7618 for reservations or questions
Bent, by revered playwright Martin Sherman, directed by Chelsea Taylor, highlights an often forgotten element of the Holocaust—the persecution of homosexuals. “After watching a documentary about the Westboro Baptist Church, I noticed the use of pink triangles in their posters to protest against certain celebrities. I knew what it meant because of Sherman’s play, and I felt that everyone should know that this symbol is still being used to try to oppress people—and how horrible that is” said Director Chelsea Taylor. The play is the final production of Proxy’s first six-show season, and promises to have great impact on the audience: ”Bent is a play that’s both horrifying and illuminating. It’s about the worst that man can do and the very best. How often do you get a story of that magnitude?” said Artistic Director Aaron Aguilar.
about the performance
Bent by Martin Sherman premiered in The Royal Court Theatre in London in 1979. “In 1934 Berlin on the eve of the Nazi incursion, two soldiers burst into the apartment of Max and his lover, Rudy, and slit their guest’s throat, beginning a nightmare odyssey through Nazi Germany. Ranked lower on the human scale than Jews, the men, as avowed homosexuals, flee” (Samuel French). The play darts from a seedy club to a forest encampment to a concentration camp as the men struggle to stay alive and keep their humanity in one of the darkest hours of human history. With touches of cabaret, non-realism and heartbreaking tragedy, Bent continues to captivate audiences since its inception, despite the measure of time and distance between 1934 Germany and 2012 San Antonio.
Opens July 19th and closes August 4th; shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm. For the Ardor ticket purchaser, the Designer Reveal will be on July 16th at 7pm and the Workshop is on July 26th at 10pm. For the Danger ticket purchaser, the Closing Night Prop Party is August 4th, directly after the show. All events to take place at the new Overtime Center for the Arts at 1203 Camden St, SATX 78215. Free parking can be found on site. Tickets are $8-$32, depending on your chosen level of involvement in byProxy; cash/check/credit/debit accepted at the door, or online with credit or debit cards. Please visit proxytheatre.org or call/text 210-865-7618 for reservations or questions.