Music, Lyrics & Book by Jonathan Larson
Directed by Telly Leung
Zachary Dietz, music direction
Andrew Palermo, choreography
Andrea Corona, scenic design
Marcy Froehlich, costume design
Diana Herrera, lighting design
Costa Daros, sound design
Jake Arpaia, production stage manager
June 3 - 10, 2023
Claire Trevor Theatre
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, friends in Manhattan’s East Village struggle to build the lives of their dreams. Pennilessness, drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, social tension, and political unrest, among other hardships, challenge the group physically and emotionally. Facing the problems head on, they make personal self-discoveries and find what really matters most in life.
“Connection in an isolating age." Jonathan Larson's lyric from "What You Own" from RENT was first heard in 1996, but it loudly resonates two decades later after the isolation we collectively experienced during the pandemic. What got us through it? Our "pod." Our community. Our chosen family. RENT is about the power of community, and the need for connection to heal what is broken. We need this show now more than ever.
Generous support for this production is provided by the Robert and Lorna Cohen Endowment for Excellence in Drama, Theatre Guild, and Claire Trevor Society.
Trigger warning: Contains depictions sexuality, drug use and overdose.
Evenings: 3, 8, 9, 10 at 8:00 p.m.
Matinee: June 4* at 2:00 p.m.
Evening: June 7 at 7:30 p.m.
* Please join us for a TalkBack with cast & crew, after the 2:00 p.m. matinee performance on Sun., June 4.
General admission: $19
Seniors, Groups 10+, UCI Faculty & Staff: $16
Arts Packages: $15
UCI Students & Children under 17: $12
Current, fulltime UCI Students are eligible for the Student Arts Pass.
UCI Faculty, Alumni, Staff, Emeriti and Retirees may enjoy the FAStER Pass.
Please visit our secure direct giving page and make a gift to support Drama today!