RENT was set to be the largest and most successful show this year for Blake, and I wanted to make sure that we finished the season with a bang. Designing the set and the lighting at the same time helped me to integrate both into one another, transforming the Don Thompson stage into a very industrial setting.
Exposed fixtures, pipes, speakers, and no soft masking was the name of the game here – equipment racks in plain view, road cases made the side masking where necessary, back wall exposed, and miles and miles of christmas lights strewn about the set and the theatre house. All of these things added to the very “Bohemian” lifestyle that we were trying to portray.
300+ ETC Source Four Conventional Fixtures
62 Wybron Colorram II Scrollers
8 Wybron CXI Scrollers
Touring dimming, power, distro
ETC ION control system
Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award® for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, RENT follows a year in the life of a group of friends struggling to make it in the big city. They include Mark, a filmmaker and the narrator of the story; his former girlfriend, Maureen, a performance artist; Maureen’s lover, Joanne, a public interest lawyer; Mark’s roommate Roger, a musician; Mimi, an exotic dancer, with whom Roger falls in love; Tom Collins, a computer genius; Collins’ lover, Angel, a street musician and drag queen; and Benny, a former member of the group who, after marrying into a wealthy family, has become their landlord. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.