RENT

February 2010

Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Rent tells the story of a group of friends struggling with love, drugs and AIDS. Among the group are the narrator - nerdy filmmaker Mark; his former lover, Maureen; Maureen's public interest lawyer lesbian lover Joanne; Mark's roommate HIV+ former drug addict, Roger; Roger's lover the HIV+ drug addicted exotic dancer, Mimi; their former roommate HIV+ computer genius Tom Collins; Collins' HIV+ drag queen street musician lover Angel; and Benjamin Coffin III a former member of the group who, after marrying a wealthy woman, has since become their landlord and the opposite of the group's Bohemian values. The second act is filled with tragedy as Angel dies and couples break up. But at the very end, when Mimi is about to die, Roger is able to sing one song that brings her back to life and leaves the audience with a sense of hope.

Book, Music, Lyrics: JONATHAN LARSON

Director: Philip D. Vetro

Music Director: Angela Klimaytis   –  Choreographer: Todd SantaMaria

Cast: 

  • Mark Cohen — Thomas Jon Creatore
  • Roger Davis — Tom Knightlee
  • Mimi Marquez — Gia Wright
  • Tom Collins — Chris deJongh
  • Angel Schunard — Giovannie Mendez
  • Maureen Johnson — Erica Lindblad
  • Joanne Jefferson — Nicole Giguere
  • Benjamin Coffin III — Wayne Crow
  • Mrs — Jefferson/"Seasons of Love" soloist/bag lady/Mimi's Mother — Melissa Paul
  • Mark's Mom, Allison, and others — Jessica Cutino
  • Alexi Darling and others — Stacy Constantine
  • Denizen of the East Village — Aslynn Brown
  • Mr. Jefferson/"Seasons of Love" soloist/caroler/Priest and others — JJ Martin
  • Gordon/Mr. Grey/The Man and others — Michael King
  • Steve/Man With Squeege/Waiter and others — Stephen Jewell
  • Paul/A Cop and others — Dallas Hosmer