The play is set in a Nazi war camp, but that is where the similarities between any Holocaust production or film you've seen begin and end. The 1979 play is by Martin Sherman and the title refers to the label attached to homosexuals in Europe.
When Hitler came to power he enacted Paragraph 175, a law that made homosexuality illegal. Under the Nazis gays were thrown in prison and were pushed even further to the fringes of German society. As a result many of them lived their lives deep in the proverbial closet.
As World War II began and even before the Jews were put in concentration camps, homosexuals were sent to the camps. The treatment that they received was worse than what was directed at everyone else, if you can believe that. Homosexuals were the lowest of the low.
It was from these concentration camps that the pink triangle came about. All homosexuals were forced to wear pink triangles to identify them and if you even touched someone wearing a pink triangle you were shot.
Like their three previous productions, Altera Vitae has connected up with a group that deals with the issues brought forth in the play. As the play deals with the prejudices that homosexuals have to deal with, Altera Vitae partnered up with GRIS-Montreal during the run of "Bent". GRIS-Montreal strives to eliminate ignorance about and prejudice aimed at homosexuals.
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