David Cromer's "Fresh" Take on Rent Will Be a Chicago Co-Pro

News   David Cromer's "Fresh" Take on Rent Will Be a Chicago Co-Pro
American Theater Company (ATC) and About Face Theatre will co-produce a resident Chicago production of Jonathan Larson's award-winning Rent, directed by MacArthur Fellow David Cromer, whose work has been acclaimed in Chicago and New York.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical about friends, lovers and artists in the age of AIDS will run April 27-June 17 at ATC's home. Expect a "fresh look" at the La Boheme-inspired show. Cromer's lauded productions include Our Town, Adding Machine, Orson's Shadow, Picnic, When the Rain Stops Falling and more.

Larson posthumously won the Pulitzer Prize and 1996 Best Musical Tony Award for Rent, for which he penned book, music and lyrics. Casting will be announced.

"At the end of the 1980s," according to ATC notes, "a group of Bohemian artists struggle to find life, love and art in a brutal economy and the height of the AIDS crisis. Director David Cromer will bring a staggering reality to this landmark musical."

American Theater Company is at 1909 W. Byron St. in Chicago. For more information, call (773) 409-4125 or visit www.atcweb.org.

* About Face Theatre "creates exceptional, innovative, and adventurous plays to advance the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity, and to challenge and entertain audiences in Chicago, across the country, and around the world."

American Theater Company is an ensemble of artists committed to producing new and classic American stories that ask the question, "What does it mean to be an American?"

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