Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

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  • RENT 20th Anniversary Tour


7:30 pm Thursday, April 6, 2017

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway—and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant twentieth anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Giacomo Puccini’s La BohèmeRENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

The show includes adult language and situations. 

Adult $65, $56
University Park Student $47, $38
18 and Younger $48, $39

Mimi Barash Coppersmith
Steven L. Herb and Sara Willoughby-Herb
Richard and Sally Kalin
Jeane and Richard Singer

support provided by
Eisenhower Auditorium Endowment

media sponsors
93.7 THE BUS

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RENT and the LGBTQA Experience

5:00 pm Wednesday, April 5, 2017

HUB-Robeson Center Flex Theatre

Free and open to Penn State students

Penn State School of Theatre students will perform an excerpt from RENT. Students will be invited to write their own scenes and share their experiences in a talkback hosted by members of the LGBTQA Student Resource Center. The event is scheduled to last three hours. Refreshments will be provided.

Artistic Viewpoints

6:30 pm Thursday, April 6, 2017

Eisenhower Auditorium

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a visiting artist or artists, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.

Audio Description

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Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for this performance at no extra charge to ticket holders. Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance of the performance. Phone 814-863-0255 to reserve this service.