Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning phenomenon, RENT, shaped a generation, and its legacy has continued for over 25 years. Based loosely on Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme, this rock musical follows a year in the life of a group of young artists struggling to create and survive in New York’s Lower East Side under the shadow of poverty, social unrest, and the AIDS epidemic. With universal themes of falling in love, finding one’s voice, and living for today, RENT teaches us to measure our lives in love.
Guest director Nathan Henry will direct Cain Park’s production of RENT, with music direction by Bradley Wyner and choreography by Kenya Woods.
Having previously appeared in Cain Park favorites The Wiz, Kiss Me Kate, and Damn Yankees, Nathan Henry happily returns to Cain Park—this time as director. Nathan’s recent directing efforts include:
- The world premiere of The Absolutely Amazing and True Adventures of Miss Joan Southgate at Cleveland Public Theatre;
- The regional premiere of Kill Move Paradise at Dobama Theatre;
- Night Visions at Ensemble Theatre;
- Detroit ’67 at Baldwin Wallace University; and
- The world premiere of The Web of Anansi at Near West Theatre.
Nathan received the 2018 Cleveland Scene Theatre Award for Best Director for Karamu House’s critically acclaimed production of Passing Strange, where he also directed Eric Coble’s The Velocity of Autumn. His production of Ya Mama! was part of the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival.
MARK - Benson Anderson
ROGER - Shane Lonergan*
MIMI - Alexa Lopez*
COLLINS - Jason Eno*
ANGEL - Tobias Yueng
BENNY - Josh McElroy*
MAUREEN - Zoë Lewis*
JOANNE - Kechanté
ENSEMBLE – Dayshawnda Ash, Marius Pearson, Kyla Burks, Christian Hall, Gabi Ilg, Danny Simpson
SWINGS – Mary-Francis R. Miller and TBD
*member of Actors’ Equity Association
RENT Creative Team
Director – Nathan Henry
Music Director – Bradley Wyner
Choreographer – Kenya Woods
Intimacy Coordinator – Nina Domingue
Sound Designer - Carlton Guc
Scenic Designer - Laura Carlson Tarantowski
Lighting Designer – Colleen Albrecht
Costume Designer – Mia Jones
Assistant Director/Props Master – Victoria Martin
Cain Park Artistic Director – Joanna May Cullinan
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