671 N Berendo St
Los Angeles, CA 90044
Rehearsal begin August 9th 2023 Sun-Thurs
Show opens September 23rd- December 18th 2023 Fri-Sun
Please read the synopsis below:
Based on Puccini’s beloved opera La Bohème, Rent follows the ups and downs of a year in the life of a group of impoverished, artistic friends living in Manhattan’s East Village. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, struggles to find his place in the world; his roommate Roger, an HIV-positive musician, wonders how he will leave his mark before he dies. Mimi and Angel look for true love as they face the harsh reality of life as HIV-positive young people, while the businesslike Joanne seeks fidelity from her wild-child performance artist girlfriend Maureen. The group’s dreams, losses, and love stories weave through the musical’s narration to paint a stunningly raw and emotional portrait of the gritty bohemian world of New York City in the late 1980s, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.
Mark Cohen- Filmmaker and video artist. Knee-deep in his own soul-searching, Mark is the typical young artist. He and Roger are roommates in the loft. A bit of a nerd. (Gordon to be cast from Mark)
Age: 20 to 30; Vocal range top: G#4; Vocal range bottom: C3
Roger Davis- A struggling musician and former drug addict. He is reminiscent of Kurt Cobain. Roommates with Mark in the loft and battles with being HIV-positive. (Steve to be cast from Roger)
Age: 20 to 25; Vocal range top: A4; Vocal range bottom: F#2
Tom Collins- A computer genius and liberal professor. He is a nurturer with a smooth and relaxed disposition. Used to be a roommate in the loft and is HIV-positive. (Mr. Jefferson to be cast from Collins)
Age: 25 to 35; Vocal range top: A4; Vocal range bottom: F#2
Benjamin Coffin III- The landlord of Mark and Roger’s apartment building. A former roommate in the loft, Benny traded in his personal morals for power and wealth. (Paul to be cast from Benny)
Age: 25 to 35; Vocal range top: F#4; Vocal range bottom: D3
Joanne Jefferson- A public interest lawyer and headstrong lesbian. She is smart and purposeful in all her decisions. Carries on a tumultuous relationship with Maureen. (Mrs. Jefferson to be cast from Joanne)
Age: 25 to 40; Vocal range top: E5; Vocal range bottom: G3
Angel Dumott Schunard- The eccentric HIV-positive street drummer. A drag queen with an incredible gift of dance and a magnetic personality. He becomes Tom’s lover.
Age: 20 to 30; Vocal range top: D5; Vocal range bottom: C3
Mimi Marquez- An HIV-positive stripper with drug addictions. Slender and sickly, she conceals it all at her job in the local strip club. She lives in the same building as the loft. (Alexi/Roger’s Mom to be cast from Mimi)
Age: 18 to 21; Vocal range top: E5; Vocal range bottom: F#3
Maureen Johnson- An unpredictably zany performance artist. Maureen oozes sexuality and used to live in the loft. She has recently dumped Mark for Joanne. (Mark’s Mom to be cast from Maureen)
Age: 20 to 25; Vocal range top: F5; Vocal range bottom: G3
Most ensemble roles will cover one of the lead roles, and a few swings who cover various will be hired as well. Rent has a small cast and everyone will be very utilized and featured.