By Martin Sherman

Directed by Sean Langenecker

What would you do if your existence suddenly became illegal; if your way of life and who you loved was deemed a crime punishable by torture and death?

Bent is a story of losing everything and then finding one thing in the midst of insurmountable persecution and oppression. This unlikely love story gives us a seldom viewed perspective of queer life in Nazi Germany after The Night of the Long Knives.

Bent strips humanity to its core and leaves a stark reminder of the delicate and precious natures of freedom and love, which still reverberate today.

Produced by Strollers Theatre at Bartell Theatre's Evjue Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison

Performances: October 14-29, 2022

Performance Times:
Friday, October 14th - 7:30pm
Saturday, October 15th - 7:30pm
Thursday, October 20th - 7:30pm
Friday, October 21st - 7:30pm
Saturday, October 22nd - 7:30pm
Sunday, October 23rd - 2:00pm
Thursday, October 27th - 7:30pm
Friday, October 28th - 7:30pm
Saturday, October 29th - 2:00pm

Ticket Prices: $20

Call 608-661-9191 for reservations or more information.

How you can help support MadStage! Radio theater page Submit show information to MadStage Information about performance venues Wisconsin playwrights and scripts page Theater humor page Win Free Tickets! Thanks to all those who've contributed to MadStage in the past year! About MadStage Theater and dance classes, workshops, teachers and schools Performance links Performance-related job and volunteer opportunities, plus internship listings Dance Groups featured on MadStage Theater groups featured on MadStage Performance Calendar Home


Auditions will be held on the following days:


Auditions for Bent will take place at 7 PM July 31 & August 1 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 4011 Major Avenue Madison. Please arrive by 6:50 to fill out an audition form. Parking is behind the building and someone will be at the door to guide auditionees to the correct room. Proof of vaccination is required to be in the building and will be checked at the door. Auditions will consist of cold reading scenes from the script. Please be prepared to share all conflicts between Aug 28-Oct 29. Rehearsals will begin August 28 and will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church within the Sun-Thurs, 7-10pm timeframe. Any questions may be directed to
All roles are available; all male-presenting folks of any ethnicity, race, body type, and age (approximations are listed below) will be considered. You don’t have to look like 1980’s Richard Gere.

MAX- 30-50, male; gay, in every scene, a hedonistic pragmatist
RUDY- 20-40, male; gay, Max’s 1st act lover, a dancer and plant afficionado
GRETA- 30-60, male; “straight”, cabaret owner/drag performer, married with children, sings a song
WOLF- 20-40, male; gay, very briefly nude, Nazi, preferably blonde or willing to dye hair
UNCLE FREDDIE- 35-65, male; wealthy closeted gay, formal
HORST- 30-50, male; gay, activist, Max’s 2nd act lover
CAPTAIN- 20-60, male; a Nazi, must be comfortable handling a gun

All roles except MAX may be doubled.