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Bent The Play

ISBN-10: 1557833362
ISBN-13: 9781557833365
Edition: 1998
Authors: Martin Sherman
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Description: Martin Sherman's worldwide hit play Bent took London by storm in 1979 when it was first performed by the Royal Court Theatre, with Ian McKellen as Max (a character written with the actor in mind). The play itself caused an uproar. "It educated the  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date: 4/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 80
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.198
Language: English

Martin Sherman's worldwide hit play Bent took London by storm in 1979 when it was first performed by the Royal Court Theatre, with Ian McKellen as Max (a character written with the actor in mind). The play itself caused an uproar. "It educated the world," Sherman explains. "People knew about how the Third Reich treated Jews and, to some extent, gypsies and political prisoners. But very little had come out about their treatment of homosexuals." Gays were arrested and interned at work camps prior to the genocide of Jews, gypsies, and handicapped, and continued to be imprisoned even after the fall of the Third Reich and liberation of the camps. The play Bent highlights the reason why - a largely ignored German law, Paragraph 175, making homosexuality a criminal offense, which Hitler reactivated and strengthened during his rise to power.

Martin Sherman'swork includes the plays Bent, When She Danced and Rose, the book for the musical The Boy from Ozand the screenplays for Alive and Kickingand Mrs Henderson Presents. Methuen Drama publish Sherman Plays: 1.

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