Stage Adaptation of Toni Bentley's The Surrender Opens on Theatre Row Jan. 15

The U.S. premiere of The Surrender, the stage adaptation of Toni Bentley's groundbreaking erotic memoir, opens Jan. 15 at The Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row, following preview performances that began Jan. 8. 

Toni Bentley
Toni Bentley

Directed by Zishan Ugurlu, The Surrender stars Laura Campbell (Dinner, Dust, Taming of the Shrew, "Law and Order"). Performances continue through Feb. 2.

"Long before 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' former Balanchine dancer Toni Bentley offered readers a sensual glimpse into a taboo erotic experience with her daring memoir 'The Surrender,'" press notes state. "After premiering in a production by the Spanish National Theatre in Madrid to great acclaim and a sold-out run and then causing a sensation at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Surrender is stripped bare for the New York City stage.

"The story of a woman's sexual obsession, The Surrender tells of a classical ballerina who is seduced into the ultimate act of sexual submission by a sexy stranger. She is overcome and changed forever by his arousing alternative to convention."

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