On COS stage in Weed: 'Rent' explores social issues, universal themes

Deborra Brannon
Liz Henson plays Mimi and Jordan Hunter is Roger in College of the Siskiyous' production of “Rent,” scheduled to open March 13 in the Kenneth Ford Theater in Weed.

The Tony Award winning musical “Rent” is coming to the College of the Siskiyous Ford Theater this month with a largely student cast and a live rock band performing the music right on stage.

Directed by Wendy James with musical direction by Ron Slabbinck, “Rent” opens March 13 and plays for two weekends.

“This show made Broadway contemporary in terms of bringing social issues such as the AIDS crisis and homelessness to the stage,” James said of “Rent,” which premiered in 1996.

She said it was considered “edgy,” because it addresses drug use, homosexuality, and “extreme choices.”

Based on Puccini’s opera “La Boheme, James said the show is a “universal human story of choices and what we all do for love” as well as the need for love we all share.

By the end of the story, she said, “people realize we are all the same and we are able to look at ourselves and our neighbors in a different way.”

Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings March 13, 14, 20, and 21 at 7 p.m. and on Sundays March 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. in the COS Ford Theater in Weed.

For more information go to siskiyous.edu/theatre or call 530-938-5373.