July 30, 2013 > Theatre: Aaaahz Youth Theatre presents "Rent"
Theatre: Aaaahz Youth Theatre presents "Rent"
Submitted By Ann Anderson
Set in the East Village of New York City, "Rent" (School Edition) is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of 13 and older.
Loosely based on Puccini's "La Boheme," "Rent" (School Edition) 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.
Aaaahz Youth Theatre presents "Rent" August 2 - 4 and 9 - 11 with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. To purchase tickets, call (510) 358-1249.
Rent (School Edition)
August 2 - 11
8 p.m. (Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.)
James Logan High School
1800 H St., Union City
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students/seniors