Rent

Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, Jonathan Larson’s Rent follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom, and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.

Media


Photography by Steve Irish

Cast/Characters

Mark – Michael J. Theune

Roger – T. C. Roberts

Collins – Neiko Boyd

Angel – Keane Xavier

Mimi – Laurie Dillman

Maureen – Ashley Turnquist

Joanne – Christi Lueck

Benny – Larry Marcus

Ensemble – Nicholas Bohn, Sarah Klauck, Anna Kuether, James Lammers, Houa Lee, Hillary Mayer, Samantha Lin Pool, David Quinn, Kyle T. Schwanke, James Steinbruecker, Tiffany Tillmann, Melissa Varano

Production Staff

Director & Choreographer: Tom Berger

Musical Director: Zach Holzer

Stage Manager: Katy Ries

Assistant Stage Managers: Shari Roehl, Michelle Bestul

Production Manager: Dustin L. Uhl

Set Design: Dustin L. Uhl

Costume Design: Jan Remling, Jan Wilkinson

Light Design: Pat Henderson

Sound Design: Pat Smith

Sound Engineers: Brett Rothstein, A & L Sound Partners

Properties: Nan Gibson

Make-Up Design: Christy Zimmermann

Paint Master: Melissa O’Connell