Bent Study Guide

Bent

Bent by Martin Sherman

Bent is an influential postwar play about Max, a gay man in 1930s Germany who is arrested along with his partner Rudy and taken to a concentration camp. Max denies his sexuality, pretending to be Jewish instead, and is forced to murder Rudy. While in the camp, he meets another gay inmate, and two begin a relationship in which they can never touch each other for fear of being caught. Shockingly graphic for its time, this play explores the themes of sexuality, identity, and unconventional rebellion.

Bent Book Notes