• Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
  • Produced by Cassiopeia Guthrie
  • Directed by David Guthrie
  • Music Direction by Dr. Charles Jirkovsky
  • Choreography by Danielle Muckle

Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon. with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

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. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.

This show contains graphic language and adult themes and is not intended for audiences under 13.

July 15-30, 2022 Thursdays-Sundays 8pm
Kit Carson Amphitheater, 100 Amphitheatre Drive, Escondido, CA 92025

For this show, Patio Playhouse is partnering with the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, a local organization whose mission is to serve, empower, and advocate for North County’s diverse LGBTQI community. Like the center, Patio Playhouse also envisions a community where everyone lives in equality, feeling accepted, valued, safe and free from social stigma. More information about their services and programs, including HIV Prevention and Care, are available on their website.