The Acorn Honors project at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present “Bent,” a play about members of the LGBT community living through the Holocaust, starting September 14.
“Bent” will run September 14 and 15 at 8:00 p.m. and September 16 at 2:00 p.m. in the Waller Hall Studio Theater. Tickets are $7, or $4 with an I-Card, and may be purchased in Waller before the show.
The theater department’s Acorn Honors project provides funding for one student-directed play a year. Student directors are required to complete an application process beginning in the spring of the previous year.
Morgan Chase and Forrest Trimble, both theater majors, are the co-directors.
“One of the huge benefits of the Acorn Project is that it gives student actors who may not get to be a part of the Mainstage productions a chance to hone their craft,” Chase said. “With this funding, we’ve created a more realistic set and costuming, which I think will capture the audience more.”
This year’s production features Kurt Stridinger, a management major; Jose Aponte, a criminology major; and Kyle Hawk, a theater major, as well as 11 supporting cast members and crew.
Chase and Trimble chose the 1979 play for its dramatic elements and overall message.
“We wanted to do something that would provide a harsh and explicit look at what the extremes of prejudice can lead to,” Chase said. “We hope to open people’s minds through this production.”
The Acorn Project at IUP aims to nurture new growth in theater. Previous Acorn Project productions have included “Come Blow Your Horn” and “The Shape of Things.”