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Gays, Nazi Germany and Persecution
   
A Polish version of Martin Sherman’s play Bent, which depicts the persecution of gay people in Nazi Germany, opens at Warsaw’s Dramatyczny Theater Oct. 2.

The Guardian newspaper has described Bent as one of the most significant plays in British history. Sherman originally wrote it for a small, independent theater, but the play soon rose to prominence and to date it has been staged in 60 countries around the world.

The play is set in Berlin in the 1930s, when cabarets and nightclubs for gay men were thriving. When the fascists take over in Germany, nobody realizes what the future has in store. But politics are of little concern to Max, the main character in the play. Max lives hand to mouth in rented apartments, spending his days drinking heavily, having casual sex and trying to make some money. Then one night, a sequence of events turns his life upside down.

The Warsaw production is directed by Natalie Ringler, who says the persecution of gay people in Nazi Germany remains a little-known subject to this day. “Bent is the story of a man who is afraid to love,” she adds.

Bent is being staged on the Dramatyczny Theater’s Przodownik Stage and stars Mariusz Drężek, Kamil Siegmund, Piotr Bulcewicz, Piotr Siwkiewicz and Maciej Wyczański.

Tickets are available at
www.bilety.teatrdramatyczny.pl