So, you probably knew I was a theatre critic, but did you know that I occasionally act? Coming up on April 25, 26 and 27th at 8PM, I will make my acting debut in a poignant (and a little dark…ok…a lot dark) play called “BENT.”
I play a very not nice Nazi…so don’t hate me.
Here is the press release:
In observance of Yom HaShoah—Holocaust Remembrance Day—Hope for Peace & Justice presents BENT, written by Martin Sherman and directed by Daniel Scott Cates, at the Interfaith Peace Chapel April 25, 26, 27 at 8:00 p.m.
BENT follows the story of Max, played by DR Mann Hanson, a homosexual on the run from the Nazis, who finds himself in Dachau, a prison camp. By developing a relationship with fellow prisoner, Horst–played by Todd Whitley–he regains his self-respect. BENT is a harrowing, overpoweringly intense, and at times, violent story about the treatment of homosexuals by their own countrymen before World War II.
“I am proud to be directing such a talented group of performers and to be presenting such a beautiful and powerful show,” said Cates. “It is my sincere hope that people leave this production changed or moved to speak out.”
The show also stars Richard D. Curtin as Greta—drag performer and club owner; Brandon Simmons as Rudy; and Mark Calloway as Uncle Freddie. Other cast include Barry Phillips, Heath Billups, Steve Frawley, Christopher “Kory” Beale, and Rev. Jeff Hood.
“Many people don’t know why the LGBT community—and even the Cathedral of Hope—use the pink triangle as a symbol,” said Todd Whitley, H4PJ board chair. “Those who know or come to know this story and its history understand why a symbol that once represented hate and injustice was reclaimed as a symbol for us, and why we as a people—a community—must unite to ensure nothing like this happens again, ever, to anyone, anywhere—not here in Dallas, not in Texas or any other state, and not worldwide, in places like Russia and Uganda.”
Seating is limited. Tickets are available for a suggested $10 donation to Hope for Peace & Justice. Advance tickets are available at cathedralofhope.com and before and after services. Free tickets are also available to those who cannot donate. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: BENT is recommended for mature audiences only.