In observance of Yom HaShoah—Holocaust Remembrance Day—Hope for Peace & Justice presents BENT, written by Martin Sherman and directed by Daniel Scott Cates, at the Interfaith Peace Chapel April 25, 26, 27 at 8:00 p.m.
BENT follows the story of Max, played by DR Mann Hanson, a homosexual on the run from the Nazis, who finds himself in Dachau, a prison camp. By developing a relationship with fellow prisoner, Horst--played by Todd Whitley--he regains his self-respect. BENT is a harrowing, overpoweringly intense, and at times, violent story about the treatment of homosexuals by their own countrymen before World War II.
“I am proud to be directing such a talented group of performers and to be presenting such a beautiful and powerful show,” said Cates. “It is my sincere hope that people leave this production changed or moved to speak out.”
The show also stars Richard D. Curtin as Greta—drag performer and club owner; Brandon Simmons as Rudy; and Mark Calloway as Uncle Freddie. Other cast include Barry Phillips, Heath Billups, Steve Frawley, Christopher (Kory) Beale, and Rev. Jeff Hood.
“Many people don’t know why the LGBT community—and even the Cathedral of Hope—use the pink triangle as a symbol,” said Todd Whitley, H4PJ board chair. “Those who know or come to know this story and its history understand why a symbol that once represented hate and injustice was reclaimed as a symbol for us, and why we as a people—a community—must unite to ensure nothing like this happens again, ever, to anyone, anywhere—not here in Dallas, not in Texas or any other state, and not worldwide, in places like Russia and Uganda.”
Seating is limited. Tickets are available for a suggested $10 donation to Hope for Peace & Justice. Advance tickets are available at cathedralofhope.com and before and after services. Free tickets are also available to those who cannot donate. Contact email@example.com.
Note: BENT is recommended for mature audiences only.
To volunteer for or help sponsor the production, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Good Friday Walk
Join us for the Annual Good Friday Walk with the Dallas Area Progressive Christian Alliance. On Friday, April 18th at 10 a.m. meet us at First Presbyterian of Dallas (1835 Young Street. You can park in their garage). It ends about 11:45 at Dallas City Hall. Our own COH Gospel Choir will perform and Rev. Jim Mitulski will speak. Other speakers include Kerry Sumpter-Smith, Greg Allen Smith, Jeff Hood and Lisa Coleman. This year’s theme is Economic Justice. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see past Good Friday Walks, on DAPCA’s You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/DallasChristians
Facing Race 2014
Facing Race: A National Conference is presented by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation. A unique collaborative space for racial justice movement making, Facing Race is the largest multiracial, inter-generational gathering for organizers, educators, creatives and other leaders.
Facing Race 2014 will be held in Dallas, Texas on November 13-15, 2014. In addition to highlighting a Southern perspective for Facing Race attendees, the 2014 conference will offer the local community unprecedented access to information and resources on racial equity. Previous Facing Race National Conferences have been held in Baltimore, Berkeley, Chicago, Oakland and New York.