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02
Jun

A History of Bent

Martin Sherman’s worldwide hit play Bent took London by storm in 1979 when it was first performed by the Royal Court Theatre, with Ian McKellen as Max (a character written with the actor in mind). The play itself caused an uproar. “It educated the world,” Sherman explained. “People knew about how the Third Reich treated Jews and, to some extent, gypsies and political prisoners. But very little had come out about their treatment of homosexuals.” The title of the play refers to the slang word “bent” used in some European countries to refer to homosexuals.

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The time period of the play is different from most other Holocaust literature. Rather than being set during World War II, the story begins during and after the Night of the Long Knives in 1934, when Hitler’s purge of his Storm Troopers (SA) coincidentally led to the persecution of gays since the head of the SA was gay and his fall provided an excuse for going after other homosexuals. The play continues into 1936, when most of the world still had no idea that any concentration camps existed.

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The subject matter, nudity, and verbal sex in the play were controversial enough, but Bent ignited further controversy with its suggestion that the gays suffered more than the Jews during the Holocaust. Debate continues among historians about the situation of each group under the Nazis. In the meantime, the play was staged in more than thirty countries and, in 1997, Sherman adapted Bent into a film that starred Clive Owen, Ian McKellen, Mick Jagger, Jude Law, and Lothaire Bluteau.

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BENT by Martin Sherman

Directed by Shawn g. Byers
Produced by Amy Solo

The play revolves around the persecution of gays in Nazi Germany, and takes place during and after the Night of the Long Knives. The title of the play refers to the slang word “bent” used in some European countries to refer to homosexuals. When the play was first performed, there was only a trickle of historical research or even awareness about the Nazi persecution of homosexuals. In some regards, the play helped increase that historical research and education in the 1980s and 1990s.

Performance Dates:
Friday, June 7, June 14 & June 21 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 8, June 15 & June 22 @ 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 13 & June 20 @ 8 p.m.

For more info and to purchase tickets visit the Dominion Stage Website
Performances for BENT will be at Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr. Arlington, VA 22206

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21
May

Bent Video Promo

This video gives you a little background of the time and culture in Berlin when Bent is set and some insight into the show.

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BENT by Martin Sherman

Directed by Shawn g. Byers
Produced by Amy Solo

The play revolves around the persecution of gays in Nazi Germany, and takes place during and after the Night of the Long Knives. The title of the play refers to the slang word “bent” used in some European countries to refer to homosexuals. When the play was first performed, there was only a trickle of historical research or even awareness about the Nazi persecution of homosexuals. In some regards, the play helped increase that historical research and education in the 1980s and 1990s.

Performance Dates:
Friday, June 7, June 14 & June 21 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 8, June 15 & June 22 @ 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 13 & June 20 @ 8 p.m.

For more info and to purchase tickets visit the Dominion Stage Website
Performances for BENT will be at Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr. Arlington, VA 22206

21
May

The Cast of Bent

As the opening of our next production nears, we wanted to announce the cast! Meet the cast of Bent.

Max – Rob Batarla
Rudy – Jason Wonacott
Horst – Keith J. Miller
Greta – William D. Parker
Wolf – Jacob Wittenauer
Freddie – Michael Bagwell
Capt/Guards/Prisoners – Christopher Guy Thorn, Olin Nettles, Burke Solo

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BENT by Martin Sherman

Directed by Shawn g. Byers
Produced by Amy Solo

The play revolves around the persecution of gays in Nazi Germany, and takes place during and after the Night of the Long Knives. The title of the play refers to the slang word “bent” used in some European countries to refer to homosexuals. When the play was first performed, there was only a trickle of historical research or even awareness about the Nazi persecution of homosexuals. In some regards, the play helped increase that historical research and education in the 1980s and 1990s.

Performance Dates:
Friday, June 7, June 14 & June 21 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 8, June 15 & June 22 @ 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 13 & June 20 @ 8 p.m.

For more info and to purchase tickets visit the Dominion Stage Website
Performances for BENT will be at Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr. Arlington, VA 22206

08
Apr

2013 Days of Remembrance

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The Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust (DRVH) is an annual 8-day period designated by the United States Congress for civic commemorations and special educational programs that help citizens remember and draw lessons from the Holocaust. The annual DRVH period normally begins on the Sunday before the Jewish observance of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, and continues through the following Sunday, usually in April or May. A National Civic Commemoration is held in Washington, D.C., with state, city, and local ceremonies and programs held in most of the fifty states, and on U.S. military ships and stations around the world. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum designates a theme for each year’s programs, and provides materials to help support remembrance efforts.

Holocaust Remembrance Day is Monday, April 8, 2013. The Museum designated Never Again: Heeding the Warning Signs as the theme for the 2013 observance. In accordance with its Congressional mandate, the Museum is responsible for leading the nation in commemorating the Days of Remembrance, and for encouraging and sponsoring appropriate observances throughout the United States.

Observances and remembrance activities can occur during the week of Remembrance that runs from the Sunday before Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah) through the following Sunday (view the Remembrance Day Calendar). Days of Remembrance are observed by state and local governments, military bases, workplaces, schools, churches, synagogues, and civic centers.

Since 1982, the Museum has organized and led the national Days of Remembrance ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, with Holocaust survivors, liberators, members of Congress, White House officials, the diplomatic corps, and community leaders in attendance.

As Dominion is busy rehearsing and preparing for our upcoming show “Bent”, which focuses on the homosexual experience during the Holocaust and in the concentration camps, we wanted to make sure to bring attention to this important time and honor all those who were affected by the tragic events of the Holocaust.

For more information about the the theme for the 2013 Days of Remembrance, visit the United States Holocaust Museum website.

25
Jan

Avenue Q will go on tonight!

There has been some uncertainty about whether tonight’s show will go on as scheduled, because of weather concerns. We have gotten the green light and are a GO for tonight! Some come on down for some light-hearted (albeit dirty) fun and laughs!

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Avenue Q

Directed by Christopher Thorn
Music Directed by John Michael d’Haviland
Choreographed by Amanda Cane
Puppet Mastered by Marianne Meyers

All Performances at Gunston Theatre One
2700 S. Lang Street, Arlington VA 22206

Performance Dates:

Thursday, Jan 24 @ 8 p.m.
Friday, Jan 25 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, Jan 26 @ 8 p.m

TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

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Music and Lyrics, Original Concept, Animation Design by ROBERT LOPEZ
Music and Lyrics, Original Concept by JEFF MARX
Book by JEFF WHITTY

Winner of the TONY® “TRIPLE CROWN” for BEST MUSICAL, BEST SCORE and BEST BOOK, AVENUE Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart. AVENUE Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named PRINCETON who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets KATE (the girl next door), ROD (the Republican), TREKKIE (the internet sexpert), LUCY THE SLUT (need we say more?), and other colorful types who help PRINCETON finally discover his purpose in life!

More Info – www.DominionStage.org




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