STAGE TUBE: Behind-the-Scenes of CTG's BENT with Jake Shears, Andy Mientus & More!
Martin Sherman's "Bent," a groundbreaking drama about the rare power of love in the most inhumane conditions, opened on July 26 at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Directed by Moisés Kaufman, performances for "Bent" will continue through August 23. (Previews started on July 15.) Check out a behind-the-scenes look below!
Set in Germany in the 1930s, "Bent" follows the struggles of gay men trying to survive in Nazi Germany, in particular two men who, in the midst of the darkest moments of mankind, manage to give and receive love and find strength in each other. The Taper production is the first major U.S. revival of "Bent" since the Broadway premiere in 1979, when it was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play.
The cast for "Bent" includes Hugo Armstrong ("Waiting for Godot," Taper; "The Behavior of Broadus"), Ray Baker("Torch Song Trilogy," Broadway; "What Lies Beneath," film), Tom Berklund (recent Broadway "A Chorus Line"; tour of "The Normal Heart"), Matthew Carlson, Brionne Davis, Wyatt Fenner, Patrick Heusinger ("Next Fall," Broadway; "Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce," on Bravo), Charlie Hofheimer ("The Lyons" and "On the Waterfront," Broadway), Andy Mientus ("LES MISERABLES," Broadway; "Smash," NBC), Jake Shears (lead singer for Scissor Sisters), Brian Slatenand Jonathan B. Wright.
Set and costume design for BENT are by Beowulf Boritt, lighting by Justin Townsend, sound by Cricket S. Myers, wigs and hair design by Carol F. Doran, fight direction by Steve Rankin, choreography by Ken Roht and casting by Heidi Levitt, CSA. The production stage manager is David S. Franklin.