A Fund-Raising Production to save 13th Street Repertory Company, Bent was nominated for a 1980 Tony Award for Best Play. Rudy and Max, homosexuals in Nazi Berlin, unknowingly invite a person on the Nazi's wanted list into their home. Guilty by association and also because they are homosexuals, the Gestapo hunts them down as ardently as Jews. En route to Dachau, Rudy is slain, and a horrified Max is befriended by Horst, who schools Max in the brutal realities of war. He and Horst form a strong, psychic bond, and although they cannot touch one another on fear of death, they become lovers through vivid, imaginative "lovemaking." They rely on each other for companionship, for affection, and to maintain their sanity.