Rent • August 22 – September 3, 2017

The Barn Theatre production of RENT is a special event that honors a beloved Barnie. The book, music, and lyrics were all written by “Barnie” Jonathan Larson who served as an apprentice in 1980-1981 and performed alongside Marin Mazzie, Tom Wopat and other Barn greats. There are 525,600 reasons you’ll love RENT and two decades later this musical continues to speak loudly and defiantly across generations all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the Barn stage!

Based on Puccini’s opera, La Bohème, RENT translates the story to the gritty, dilapidated apartments and fire escapes of Manhattan’s Alphabet City where we meet the bohemian group of friends on Christmas Eve. Introverted filmmaker Mark Cohen (third-year apprentice Nick Barakos) and his roommate, frustrated, musician Roger Davis (first-year apprentice Alex Crossland) are facing looming eviction by their former friend turned smarmy landlord Benny (first-year apprentice Chase Gray).  After Mark leaves, Roger meets their neighbor, exotic dancer Mimi Marquez (first-year apprentice Rachel Mahar). The attraction is instant, and Roger and Mimi decide to join the Christmas revelry at the local café.  Soon joining the celebration are performance artist Maureen Johnson (Samantha Rickard), her lover, the left-brained lawyer Joanne Jefferson (Guest Artist Courtney Bruce), Anarchist computer philosopher Tom Collins who is living with AIDS (Guest Artist Byron Willis) and his sweetheart, transvestite percussionist Angel Dumott Schunard, (Jamey Grisham) who is also living with AIDS.

Though fear divides them, they all must come to terms with their pain and rely on their fringe menagerie family of friends to pull them through the year.

(Rated PG 13 for Adult themes, Situations, Language, Drugs)

“Rent is the best show in years, if not decades” – VARIETY

Book, Music & Lyrics by Jonathan Larson

Meet The Cast (& View Bios)

Roger –  Alex Crossland

Mark Cohen – Nick Barakos

Tom Collins – Byron Willis*

Benjamin Coffin III – Chase Gray

Joanne Jefferson – Courtney Bruce*

Angel Dumott Schunard – Jamey Grisham*

Mimi Marquez – Rachel Mahar

Maureen Johnson – Samantha Rickard*

Ensemble: Penelope Alex*, Dani Apple, Andrea Arvanigian*, Evan Benjamin, Abbey Brooks, Jonnie Carpathios*, Carly Christine Dieck, William Dunn, John Jay Espino*, Eric Fredrickson, Hans Friedrichs*, Patrick Hill, Charlie King*, Kasady Kwiatkowska, Brandon Mancuso, Audrey Morton, Eric Parker*, Lindsay Powers, Gabi Shook, Hannah Faith Stevens.

*Denotes member of Actors Equity Association

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