When the play ‘Bent’ opened in 1979, not a lot was known about the persecution of gays by the Nazis.
The play was written by Martin Sherman and takes place during and after what was called "The Night Of Long Knives", which referred to a series of political murders carried out by the Nazis in mid-1934.
One of the political enemies who was killed happened to be gay, and that gave the Nazis an excuse to go after other homosexuals.
A new production of ‘Bent’ is now at the mark taper forum…and we were joined by two of the stars, Patrick Heusinger and Jake Shears.
In this scene, the Berlin nightclub where both their characters work is about to be shut down.
Fun facts about Patrick Heusinger (Source: Center Theater Group)
Patrick co-starred in the original off-Broadway production and subsequent Broadway transfer of Geoffrey Nauffts’ Tony nominated play Next Fall directed by Sheryl Kaller. He was last seen on stage in the original production of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s Abigail/1702 directed by David Esbjornson opposite Chloë Sevigny. He can currently be seen on Marti Noxon’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce on Bravo and the upcoming Lionsgate TV’s Hulu series Casual created by Zander Lehmann and produced by Jason Reitman and Helen Estabrook. Patrick’s film work includes Noah Baumbach’s critical darling Frances Ha. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School.
Fun facts about Jake Shears (Source: Center Theater Group)
Jake is the lead singer for New York rock band Scissor Sisters, which has produced four albums, sold millions of copies and won three Brit Awards, an Ivor Novello Award and two Grammy Award nominations. Shears wrote the music for a musical adaptation of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, which premiered at ACT in San Francisco in 2011. With Tim Kvasnosky, he wrote the score for the film I Am Michael, directed by Justin Kelly, which premiered this year at the Sundance Film Festival. He is currently writing an original musical with Elton John.
'Bent' is on stage now at the Mark Taper Forum through August 23rd.
Mark Taper Forum
601 West Temple St. Los Angeles CA 90012