Bohemia is a dream, but with unwavering determination and courage, eight friends from the gritty art district of New York’s Lower East Side fight to make that dream a reality. Steeped in the confounding era of the HIV/AIDS epidemic during 1989 and 1990, RENT tells a story about being alive and learning to love. These ambitious characters live with an ecstatic sense of purpose and grapple with their own identities in Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning musical re-imagining of La Boheme. Local Director Emelie Borello stages this musical production in the Magnolia Theatre of the Lincoln Center with live instrumentation and artistic vision. More information is available at www.openstagetheatre.com. OpenStage’s production of RENT runs Sept. 7 – Oct. 5.