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Dave Rode


Dave Rode makes his Fort Myers Theatre debut in the role of struggling musician Roger in Rent. A recovering addict who is HIV-positive, Dave is consumed with writing a meaningful, successful song by which he’ll be remembered after he dies. Among the many scars he bears is the suicide of his ex-girlfriend, April, who killed herself after being diagnosed with HIV. Now he must confront that loss and concomitant grief in relation to the girl downstairs, Mimi, who is crushing on Roger. Also HIV-positive and likely to die, does Roger dare getting close and risking yet another jarring emotional loss or does he come to the realization that there’s “no day but today.”

Dave has been acting and singing for over 25 years in New Hampshire, Maine and Florida. His favorite local credits include George in Same Time, Next Year (for Cultural Park Theater), The Man in Veronica’s Room (Lab Theater), Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Elwood in Harvey, Dave in Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Bernard in Boeing, Boeing.

When he’s not on stage you can find Dave in the classroom teaching math and science or at a piano bar belting out classic rock tunes.

February 2, 2020; revised July 24, 2022.

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