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, and 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.
Book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Larson. Directed by Maria-Tania Bandes B. Weingarden; musical direction by Shawna Avinger; choreography by Eric Clausell. A collaboration with UW Tacoma’s Theatre Department.
Accessibility: Pay-what-you-choose performance on 3/21. ASL interpreted performance on 3/31.
PWYC tickets available for this performance, in person or by phone. Online tickets ($31) here.