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“Rent” Opens at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton Friday Jan. 25

January 17, 2013

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“Rent”, Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical is coming to Pleasanton’s Firehouse Arts Center for a 9 performance run (opening Friday January 25 and closing Sunday February 10). OneDublin.org was recently invited to a rehearsal to see the production in development – while the sets were incomplete and the staging details still being refined the passion and power of the cast was evident (photos and video included below). During the run of the show, theatre lovers can also enjoy a special opportunity to interact with the cast during a free “Inside the Show” discussion with the actors and director  after the Sunday Matinee performance on January 27th, 2013.

The Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre production, led by award-winning director Jasen Jeffrey, brings a fresh vision on this contemporary piece of musical theatre. Rent is about “community, support, love.…the telling of personal stories we can all relate to. Jason goes on to explain, “in the show, we have gay/lesbian couples, transgenders, drug addicts, the topic of HIV/AIDS, but it’s not about that; it’s about the relationships….it’s about community, true relationships, and how they ultimately end up changing our lives.”

In talking about Rent being performed in the Firehouse Arts Center, Jason replies, “what’s beautiful about the Firehouse is that it is so close, intimate. It makes all the emotion the actors will be doing that much more powerful. The people are going to feel that intensity right off the bat and know that they are going to experience something special.” With technical designer Pat Brandon’s set and Mick Oesch’s lighting design, “you will get the idea that this is a raw, gritty, downtown New York, eclectic bohemian atmosphere.”

Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre co-founder Joy Sherratt, “We think ‘Rent’ is a show that challenges people on many levels – the topic, the multiple story lines.” Rent is loosely based on Puccini’s La Boheme and tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The show’s creator, Jonathan Larson, died suddenly the night before the off-Broadway premiere. The show went on to garner critical acclaim as the ninth longest running show in Broadway history and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Musical (1996).

Patrick Wallace

Patrick Wallace

Broadway actor Alan Mingo, Jr. (AEA) joins this cast of Rent reprising the role of “Tom Collins” he performed on Broadway. Alan has also been seen in Broadway’s The Little Mermaid as “Sebastian” and on the National Tours of Shrek the Musical (Donkey), Hairspray (Seaweed J. Stubbs) and Lion King (Simba). In addition, Adam Theodore Barry (AEA) will be returning to PCRT as “Angel” after receiving rave reviews for his performance as “Gaston” in last fall’s Beauty and the Beast. A very talented group of professional and regional actors complete this ensemble cast, including Dublin High School junior Patrick Wallace.

Rent is Directed by Jasen Jeffrey, Musical Direction by Sean Kana, Choreography by Nicole Helfer, Scenic Designs by Pat Brandon, Lighting Design by Mike Oesch and Costumes by Erin O’Donoughue.

The show will run from January 25, 2013 through February 10, 2013: Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Saturday (February 2, 2013) and Sundays (January 27, 2013 & February 10, 2013) at 2pm. All performances will take place at the Firehouse Arts Center, located at 4444 Railroad Avenue located in Pleasanton, CA. Tickets are $19-$35 each, and are available at the Firehouse Arts Center Box Office, by phone at (925) 931-4848, or online at www.pcrtproductions.org or www.firehousearts.org.

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One Comment
  1. January 18, 2013 12:00 pm

    looking forward to it!

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