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RENT Comes to DUPAC Stage
by Dan Armstrong
Dominican's own Theatre Arts Department will perform Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical RENT this November.

RENT follows the lives of a group of young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The play, written by Jonathan Larson, became a popular phenomenon during its initial Broadway run in 1996 and would go on to become the ninth longest-running Broadway show of all time, with more than 5,100 performances.

In 1996 RENT claimed Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Original Score as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. A 2005 film adaptation featuring most of the cast of the original Broadway show added to the work's popularity among younger generations. This production will be staged and performed by a cast of Dominican students, faculty and staff. Krista Hansen, assistant professor of theatre arts, will direct.

To enhance their experience, Hansen has created a wall for members of the audience to sign and share expressions of love and hope. In addition, the production has teamed with Vital Bridges, an organization in Chicago that helps people living below the poverty line with HIV/AIDS get health services and counseling, to produce an educational campaign and fundraiser. Throughout the next few weeks, DUPAC will be selling red ribbons to help raise money and will collect money during the show as well.

The five-performance schedule is as follows: 
-Friday, November 9, 7:30 p.m. 
-Saturday, November 10, 7:30 p.m. 
-Sunday, November 11, 3 p.m. 
-Friday, November 16, 7:30 p.m. 
-Saturday, November 17, 7:30 p.m.

All shows will be held in the Lund Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for the public and $5 for Dominican students.

Contact: Meredith Melville - x6492 - mmelville@dom.edu
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