Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Performed at Jane Holloway Hall
Direction by Anthony Underwood | Choreography by Dana Hudson | Musical Direction by Max Harris | Set Design by Molly Harding | Costume Design by Daisy Horan | Hair and Make-Up Design by Lori Murphy
PC: Daisy Horan
Based on Puccini’s beloved opera La Bohème, Rent follows the ups and downs of a year in the life of a group of impoverished, artistic friends living in Manhattan’s East Village.
Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, struggles to find his place in the world; his roommate Roger, an HIV-positive musician, wonders how he will leave his mark before he dies. Mimi and Angel look for true love as they face the harsh reality of life as HIV-positive young people, while the businesslike Joanne seeks fidelity from her wild-child performance artist girlfriend Maureen.
The group’s dreams, losses, and love stories weave through the musical’s narration to paint a stunningly raw and emotional portrait of the gritty bohemian world of New York City in the late 1980s, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.