March 13-29, The Umbrella Stage Company presents a bracing new production of the acclaimed drama, Bent, by Martin Sherman.

Profound and provocative, Bent is a story of courage and survival in the face of extreme hate and adversity. Set in 1930s Berlin, where homosexuality is viewed as worse than being Jewish, Max and Rudy attempt to flee before being caught by Nazi soldiers. Impossible circumstances leave Max alone and in denial of who he is when an unexpected love helps him rediscover himself, and his dignity and humanity.

"Bent sheds light on a period of gay history that is not well known," says director Peyton Pugmire, who last directed La Cage Aux Folles at The Umbrella. While acknowledging that the subject matter is at times challenging, Pugmire sees in the production an opportunity to "bring healing to humanity," in an almost shamanistic way by "invoking the energy and spirit of the characters" and, ultimately, honoring those whose lives were lost during this dark time in human history.

Directed by Peyton Pugmire

03/13/2020 - 8:00pm
03/14/2020 - 8:00pm
03/15/2020 - 3:00pm
03/19/2020 - 7:30pm
03/20/2020 - 8:00pm
03/21/2020 - 8:00pm
03/22/2020 - 3:00pm
03/26/2020 - 7:30pm
03/27/2020 - 8:00pm
03/28/2020 - 8:00pm
03/29/2020 - 3:00pm

The Umbrella's Stage Company's expanded, six-show season ranges from high-kicking spectacle to punk rock musical to socially urgent drama. With shows alternating between a 350-seat mainstage and flexible 100-seat blackbox, it will be the first season staged in The Umbrella Community Art Center's brand-new, state-of-the-art, multi-theater performing arts facilities at 40 Stow Street, in the heart of the historic Concord Center Cultural District. Season, Flex Pass, Group and Individual tickets are available, and patrons can make a night of it thanks to Dinner-and-a-Show deals offered by several Umbrella Hospitality Partners. Learn more at