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by Martin Sherman (Black Box Series Production)
Director: Marc Carmen

Bent 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. The play Bent highlights the reason why - a largely ignored German law, Paragraph 175, making homosexuality a criminal offense, which Hitler reactivated and strengthened during his rise to power.

Audition Dates: 
February 19th, 20th, possible callbacks February 21st at the Stonzek Studio Theatre
Please prepare a one minute contemporary monologue. Please be advised that the production will include adult language and situations.

Performance Dates: 
April 26th - May 6th, 2018 in the Stonzek Studio Theatre

MAX - Masculine gay man.  Disowned from his wealthy family due to his "escapism" with drugs, liquor and the fact that he is a Homosexual. He lives a directionless life but his main concern is survival. Max is considered a user of people, usually uses sex to get what he wants.

RUDY - Max's lover and a dancer at Greta's club. He loves Max so much he tolerates the other men in Max's life.  He takes care of Max more than Max takes care of him. Very naive about the world and never really has an understanding of the threatening wave that is approaching. 

HORST - He is incarcerated in the death camp of Dachau because he is homosexual.  His sarcastic sense of humor shows his resilience. He is prison-savvy. He teaches Max during their time together in the Camp.

WOLFGANG - A Nightclub Regular, he is a part of Hitler's Storm Detachment or Storm Trooper (Sturmabteilung) who is going to be arrested due to Hitler's next wave of persecution of Storm Detachments and Homosexuals. 

GRETA - A Drag Queen who performs and owns a nightclub. Strong character with opinions, advice and help but conforms to closing his club and returns to his wife and kids as Hitler's regimen grows in power. Has the strong survival capabilities.

UNCLE FREDDIE - Max's closeted Homosexual Uncle who does not want to disrupt his relationship with his wealthy family by living openly. His marriage to a woman is his safety net. He is very pragmatic in knowing that acting straight means staying alive and wealthy.

CAPTAIN, Concentration Camp Captain who barters with Max. Feels betrayed when he realizes he is being misled by Max.

OFFICER,  SS officer on the train.


Please contact Interim Artistic Director Daniel Eilola if additional info is needed at daniel@lakeworthplayhouse.org

Director: Shonna Rash
Music Director: Roger Blankenship
Choreographer: Joanne DiPrizio

Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart's classic musical based on Charles Dickens' novel, Oliver Twist. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike.  The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver's chances of discovering the true love of a family.

Audition Dates: 
Adults: February 12th, 13th at 7pm
Callbacks on the 14th
Performance Dates: April 12th - 29th, 2018 on the main stage

Auditions will consist of:
Vocal/Music: Please prepare 16 bars of a song in the style of the show which shows off your vocal range.  Children may sing Happy Birthday or prepare song. An accompanist will be provided.  If you bring sheet music please sing in the key that’s written.
Choreography: You will learn a simple dance combination (Wear comfortable clothes/shoes, bring jazz shoes of you have them).
Readings: cold readings from the script
Actors of all ages are urged to audition for this production.  This production requires a large cast spanning many age ranges.  We will be casting a large ensemble of children and adults in addition to the “named” roles.  We will be casting both singers and/or dancers in the ensemble.  While the ability to both sing and dance would be great, please consider auditioning if just singing OR dancing is your strength. Please prepare to try a standard British and Cockney accent.

Roles available:

Fagin – Conniving career criminal, who takes in homeless boys and teaches them to pick pockets for him. Male -  Baritone – age range – 45-75

Nancy – Bill Sikes’ lover. A cockney girl with a warm heart who takes a liking to Oliver and treats him like her own child, but is eventually murdered for the steps she takes on his behalf. Female. Alto – age range – (a world weary) 19 - 26

Bill Sikes – Nancy’s brutal and abusive lover, a burglar and her eventual murderer. Baritone – age range 26 - 40

Mr. Bumble – pompous man who runs the workhouse in which Oliver was born. Tenor – age range -38-50

Widow Corney – domineering workhouse mistress where Oliver was born, later marries Mr. Bumble. Soprano – age range 30-50

Mr. Brownlow – Oliver’s grandfather, a kind man of wealth and breeding – age range 50-80

Mr. Sowerberry – the undertaker the insensitive man who takes in Oliver and uses him in his funeral business. Baritone – age range 40 -50

Mrs. Sowerberry – Mr. Sowerberry’s wife, a nag and prone to hysterics – Soprano – age range 38-55

Mrs. Bedwin – housekeeper of Mr. Brownlow and caretaker of Oliver. Soprano – age range 40-65

Dr. Grimwig – foppish doctor a bit pompous and friend of Mr. Brownlow age range 40-50

Bet – Nancy’s loyal friend - Alto – age range 18-26

Old Sally – Mrs. Thingummy; an old, dying con woman pauper who acts as nurse during Oliver’s delivery. Age range 50-70

Rose Seller – alto or soprano – age range 18–40

Milk Maid- soprano – age range – 18-40

Strawberry Seller – alto or soprano – age range 18 – 40

Knife Grinder – Baritone –age range 18 -50

Please contact Interim Artistic Director Daniel Eilola if additional info is needed at daniel@lakeworthplayhouse.org



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