Wednesday, September 8, 2010

UWG to Present Broadway Hit "Rent"

Rent, the modern Broadway tour de force, is coming to the University of West Georgia.

Performances will run from Sept. 29 – Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m., with matinee performances Oct. 2 and Oct. 3 at 2:30 p.m. in UWG’s Townsend Center Mainstage Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and free with a UWG Student ID.

Rent, written by the ever-inspiring Jonathan Larson, is the story of 20-something artists living the bohemian lifestyle in the lower east side of Manhattan in the early 1990s. Artists, filmmakers, and musicians, along with many other colorful characters, live in the throes of young love, passion and ambition with the unifying belief that “it’s better to burn out than fade away.” Larson was living proof to such a bold claim. Just before the debut of his masterpiece, Larson died at the age of 35, during the final rehearsal of Rent. Almost two decades later, this Pulitzer Prize winning musical is world-renowned, rendering Larson immortal through his art.

The UWG production will pay particular homage to the street artists of New York City in the late 1980s. In accordance, a graffiti workshop will be held with the art department on Sept. 11. The graffiti will be featured on stage as well as in the Townsend Center lobby during the run of Rent. For more information call (678) 839- 4722.

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