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Meiningens Student Theatre to Present Bent

Posted by Lindy Jacskon '15, Belle Plain on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014

Event Date/Time: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 7:30 pm
End Date/Time: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 7:30 pm
Location: Black Box Theatre

Meiningens, the student-run theatre group at the University of Minnesota, Morris, will present Martin Sherman’s Bent as its annual production. The compelling drama tells the story of two prisoners, Max and Horst, who fall in love in a concentration camp. Through the play’s raw characters, Sherman presents a harrowing exploration of man’s struggle to maintain dignity and humanity in the face of bigotry.

The historically based work, directed by Deon Haider ’14, Northfield, focuses on the Nazi persecution of homosexuals during the Holocaust and offers a personal look into the era’s mass atrocities against minorities. Based on survivors’ memoirs, Bent was chosen for its resonant illustration of the power of the human spirit during one of history’s darkest periods.

Bent is not just a play about the Holocaust or about gay men,” says Haider. “It is a story about self-identity, resilience, and love. It still speaks to all of us today."

Members of the all-male cast include Brennan Bassett ’17, Volga, South Dakota, Gardner Brenneisen ’15, Spearfish, South Dakota, Jesse Carlson ’15, Apple Valley, Silvio Defant ’16, Trento, Italy, Eric Dymit ’17, Prior Lake, Jared Jon Jerzak ’16, St. Francis, James Miller ’16, Minneapolis, Luis R. Reyes ’14, Hanley Falls, Tyler Ruter ’16, Eagle Bend, William White ’16, Belgrade, and Ryder Wilson ’17, Wall, South Dakota.

Working behind the scenes are Matt McDonough ’16, St. Paul, as executive producer, Micayla Thebault-Spieker ’14, Bemidji, as stage manager, Adam Molde ’16, St. Cloud, and Zoey Steidl ’17, Sauk Rapids, as assistant stage managers, Sarah Hanson ’15, Avon as technical director, Dalton Blumhoefer ’15, Willmar, and Melissa Stoneburner ’17, Duluth, as assistant technical directors, Collin Ireland ’14, Rockford, as makeup designer, Olivia Bennett ’14, Marshall, as costume designer, Madie Kvale ’14, Duluth, as dramaturg, and Natalie Pope ’17, Belle Fourche, South Dakota, as assistant dramaturg.

Performances will be held nightly Thursday, February 6, through Saturday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m, with an additional 2 p.m. performance on Saturday in the Humanities Fine Arts Black Box Theatre. All seats are $5 and can be purchased online at or by phone at 320-589-6077. For more information, email