“Rent” & AIDS Legacy Discussion at Dean College

RJ Carr
3 min readOct 18, 2023
Photo Credit: CanvaPro/this is not a photo of the performance

Franklin, Massachusetts — Dean College, an accredited, private, co-educational institution based in Southern Massachusetts, announces a discussion of the legacy of AIDS forty years later. It will be conducted on the campus November 18 following the college’s live drama presentation of the musical “Rent”.

“Rent” is the award-winning musical drama that retells the story portrayed in Puccini’s 19th-century Italian opera LaBohemme from a late 20th-century perspective. Featuring a group of young adults living a bohemian lifestyle, it takes place on New York’s Lower East Side. The internationally acclaimed production went on to win a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize and more to say nothing of a host of nominations. Sadly, the author, Jonathon Larson never saw its presentation. He died the morning of its debut performance of an aneurysm.

Despite this tragedy, the musical’s debut performance went on at the New York Theatre Workshop located near the Bowery and Second Street in Manhattan.

International Acclaim

Since its premiere, “Rent” received international acclaim. The musical-drama centered also around the reality of AIDS that was ravaging the gay community at the time.

In 2005, film director Chris Columbus brought the production to film which also…