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Rock opera ‘Rent’ comes to Fort Myers Theatre


Rent is coming to Fort Myers Theatre. Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, 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.

Among the group are :

  • nerdy love-struck filmmaker Mark Cohen,
  • Mark’s former girlfriend and still the object of his affection, Maureen Johnson;
  • Maureen’s Harvard-educated public interest lawyer Joanne Jefferson;
  • Mark’s HIV-positive roommate, musician and former junkie, Roger Davis;
  • Roger’s new girlfriend, the HIV-positive drug addicted S&M dancer, Mimi Marquez;
  • Mark and Roger’s their former roommate, HIV-positive computer genius Tom Collins;
  • Collins’ HIV-positive drag queen street musician/lover Angel; and
  • Benjamin Coffin III, a former member of the group who married for money and has since become their landlord and the opposite of everything they stand for.

How these young creatives negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts in the 525,600 minutes that make up a year provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical. Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today.

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