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Hollywood Stage Company's Presentation of BENT to Feature Two Female Actors

The newly launched Hollywood Stage Company's upcoming presentation of "Bent," by Martin Sherman, will feature TWO FEMALE ACTORS FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THAT PLAY!

The Hollywood Stage Company's "Bent" will debut on January 6, 2017, at the Hollywood Stage Company Theater, located at 6520 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, CA. "Bent" will run from Jan 6th through Jan 29th, with evening shows on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and matinees on Sundays. Tickets will be $25. To purchase advance tickets to "Bent," please see:

Longtime writer, director, actor, producer and photographer Robert Hayman, and noted singer, actress and writer Rachel Ewy are the creative duo behind the launch of the Hollywood Stage Company: Hayman serves as Artistic Director; Ewy is Producing Director.

The Hollywood Stage Company's presentation of "Bent" will feature these two female actors: Rachel Ewy in the role of LENA, a woman who works at a Berlin nightclub, and Rebecca Jarrell (a 19-year old UCLA student) in the dual role of a NAZI CAPTAIN and a NIGHTCLUB DANCER.

Why "Bent?" Says Hayman, "With our next Vice President Mike Pence believing that homosexuality can be 'cured,' we are standing in a very strange and possibly volatile moment in history. President-Elect Donald Trump has shown us that perhaps discrimination still plays a viable role in our American society. With 'Bent,' we want to shine a light on a horrible evil - an evil we can only strive to NEVER LET HAPPEN AGAIN. Now is the time for artists to use their voices and their talents to educate and enlighten. Art is the most powerful force we have to fight the ignorance plaguing our world. Our 'Bent' will sugar coat nothing. The play is intended to provoke strong emotions and it is my plan to stay true to the intense subject matter of Martin Sherman's play. We will be giving our audiences the harrowing theatrical experience 'Bent' is intended to be."

"We chose to launch our company with 'Bent' because of the show's message, which preaches love over hate," Ewy adds. "The theme of the show reminds us of the tragedies that can occur when one group of people gets elevated above another, and the equality of all people is forgotten. Post-Trump election, that message is even more important now than ever before."

Newcomer Lior Burlin will star as "Max" in the Hollywood State Company's production of "Bent." Acclaimed artist Mel Odom designed the art for the "Bent" playbill and poster for the Hollywood Stage Company.

Noted Drag Queen and choreographer Laganja Estranja (Jay Evan Jackson), and other actors and dancers will collaborate with Hayman to create a "party scene" which will immediately immerse audiences in a 1930's Berlin Germany nightclub atmosphere, as they enter the theater prior to the start of each performance.


"Bent" is a 1979 play by Martin Sherman which revolves around the persecution of gays in Nazi Germany, and takes place during and after the "Night of the Long Knives" (June 30, 1934). The title of the play refers to the slang word "bent" used in some European countries to refer to homosexuals.

The play starred Ian McKellen in its original 1979 West End production, and turned Richard Gere into a star during its original 1980 Broadwayproduction. In 1989, Sean Mathias directed a revival of the play, performed as a one-night benefit for Stonewall, featuring Ian McKellen, Richard E Grant, Ian Charleson, and Ralph Fiennes. After receiving critical acclaim, Mathias directed a full run in 1990, with Ian McKellen, Paul Rhys, and Christopher Eccleston, which won the City Limits Award for Revival of the Year.

In 1997, Martin Sherman adapted "Bent" into a film of the same name, which was directed by Sean Mathias and starred Clive Owen, Ian McKellen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Mick Jagger, Jude Law and Paul Bettany.


Founded in 2016 by Robert Hayman and Rachel Ewy, the Hollywood Stage Company's mission is to create intelligent, thought-provoking, and dynamic theatrical productions for the Los Angeles community. The Hollywood Stage Company will produce works in both the classic and conceptual realms of theater, always striving to push the envelope and put forth original, powerful art that transports, transforms and transcends.

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