The ASF Thespian Society invited families and friends to gather in the Ángeles Espinosa Yglesias Fine Arts Center for a breathtaking performance of Rent. Rent is a rock musical with music, lyrics, and book by Jonathan Larson, loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in Lower Manhattan's East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.
On Broadway, Rent gained critical acclaim and won several awards. The Broadway production closed on September 7, 2008, after a 12-year run of 5,123 performances. On February 14, 2016, the musical Wicked surpassed Rent's number of performances with a 2 p.m. matinee, pushing Rent from the tenth- to eleventh-longest-running Broadway show.
Besides the performance, every aspect of the play was orchestrated by students. The actors' makeup and costumes were designed by them, and all props and technical details in the FAC were overseen by the group. With Rent, US students hoped to honor the lives lost to AIDS and to continue building a progressive and accepting community at ASF. In addition, 26 parent volunteerts supported us with the sale of food and beverages in the lobby. Thank you to everyone who came!