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Lakeside Players Presents: Rent

January 19-21, 2018, January 26-28, 2018, February 2-3, 2018

Fri.-Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.

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 Boehme, 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.

$13 general admission tickets / $10 students and seniors. $20 membership also available (comes with 2 tickets).

This is the 44th Season for Lakeside Players, which produces comedies, dramas, musicals and children’s plays, as well as adults-only entertainment and concerts at the historic Rhode Center for the Arts.