Photo Flalsh: Royal Underground Theatre Company's RENT
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by BWW News Desk
Presented by The Royal Underground Theatre Company, RENT has been extended through May 21 at Hudson Backstage Theatre - 6539 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90038. Directed by Jerianne Banson, featuring Jason Aaronson, Kate Alden, Benjamin Alicea, Enrico Banson, Barry Brisco, Deosick Burney, Valerie Charles, Cy Creamer, Nathan Crocker, Ali Eagle, Jason Esposito, Leigh Golden, Amelia Harris, Timothy Hearl, Rashonda Johnson, Matt Pick, Charlie Rayshad, Jepoy Ramos, Tiffany Van Cott, and Ana Villafane.
The creative team brings back many from the San Francisco regional production; Adrienne Fraser on Set Design, Cherilyn Chang on Costumes, Johanna Tolentino on Choreography and Shoshana Zisk as the Musical Director. Joining the team are Lighting Designer Max Krongaus, Co-Choreographer Steven M. Thomas and Production Stage Manager Jeffrey Ramos.
On Sunday, April 17th in Beverly Hills, RENT Hollywood was invited to brunch at The Farm with members of the extended RENT Family hosted by none other than the late Jonathan Larson's family; his sister Julie, and his parents Nan and Al 'Pops' Larson. Among the attendees were original Broadway cast members Anthony Rapp (Mark), Gwen Stewart (Seasons Soloist), as well as Jai Rodriguez (Broadway/West Coast Angel) original RENT production costume designer Angela Wendt, Stu James (Broadway/National Tour Benny), Lesly Terrell Donald (Broadway/National Tour Collins) and Yassmin Alers (Broadway/Hollywood Bowl production). With the Larsons inviting RENT Hollywood to the extended RENT family, director Jerianne Banson says "it only validates what were trying to do with our production, and that is to spread the message of love and living each day like it's your last. Everyone here just welcomed us with open arms. It's one thing to visit a rehearsal but it's another to be invited to such a warm atmosphere and share the love that RENT and Jonathan Larson's legacy inspires. The support of the extended RENT family, from cast and crew alums to the Larsons themselves has inspired our production immensely. Now that we've been invited to be a part of the extended RENT family, it just comes completely full circle."
In 1998, the brother and sister team of Enrico and Jerianne Banson formed JERICA an independent production company based in San Francisco, California. The production company primarily focuses on film and cinema while branching out to other forms of media and entertainment such as web publication and performing arts. The production group consists of artists of all kinds who enjoy working in an industry-based environment, practicing industry-style ethics, while maintaining an atmosphere that is accessible and enjoyable. JERICA strives as a film and media group providing young independent artists of all kinds, a doorway to present their works and be heard.
Photo CRedit: Jerianne Banson