Bend is a love story that charts the distance between its lovers. A single gesture of political activism lays bare the fragile balance of a relationship, revealing how we all struggle with our past in an effort to forge a more honest future.
A young Caucasian woman brings her African-American boyfriend to watch her brother’s high-school football game. They’re in her hometown. They’re in the bleachers. They’re surrounded by a mostly blue-collar Caucasian crowd.
The National Anthem begins.
Her boyfriend takes a knee.
What follows is a chronicle of just how much weight a relationship can bear. Through the stares of embittered onlookers, Bend is a study in bias, and betrayal, and righteousness, and loss, and mercy. It casts a weary eye on America’s dark history of fear and violence, on its stubborn inability to bridge turbulent divides.
And here we are.
As the couple fights over the meaning of a single quiet humble gesture, they wage a more profound battle – a spiritual battle in which words often fail. It would seem that a majority of this country routinely squanders any earnest opportunity to face our past. We have an obligation to face our past. It is ours alone.
Bend wonders if listening can ultimately trump our instinctive fight to be heard.
Director, Susan Misner
SUZE, who is also a well-known choreographer and actor, was recently seen as Bob Fosse’s second wife Joan McCracken in the FX miniseries Fosse/Verdon; she also served as the series choreographer of episodes 4-8.
Currently, she can be seen as U.S. Ambassador Calabrese in the second season of Jack Ryan on Amazon, and she is choreographing Ryan Murphy’s Simply Halston, a Netflix limited series.
On film, she has appeared in Chicago (for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award), Being Charlie, Assassination Nation, Walking On The Sky (Best Supporting Actress Award, New York International Independent Film Festival), Summertime, Something’s Gotta Give, Somebody's Hero, and many others.
She has a long list of TV performing credits including four seasons on The Americans as Sandra Beeman, two seasons on Billions as FBI Agent Terri McCue, two seasons on Shut Eye as Dr. Nora White, as well as recurring roles on Nashville, Person Of Interest, The Good Wife, In Treatment, Without A Trace, and Rescue Me, plus episodes of Gotham, The Blacklist, Banshee, The Following, Blue Bloods, Sex And The City, Elementary, NCIS, White Collar, Royal Pains, Fringe, multiple appearances on all three series of the Law & Order franchise, both CSI shows, and she portrayed Gretchen Martin in the miniseries The Bronx Is Burning opposite John Turturro.
A dance play that she co-conceived and choreographed entitled The Shape She Makes received its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), and garnered two Elliott Norton Awards for Best Production and Best Choreography.
She is the veteran of four Broadway musicals: Guys And Dolls, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, and Dream.
And: she is a diehard fan of baseball's scuffling New York Metropolitans.
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