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RENT tickets available for $20 only on day of performance

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 10, 2006) -- "RENT," inspired by Puccini's opera "La Boheme," will come to Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m.

The original American musical has single-handedly reinvigorated Broadway, sweeping all major theater awards, including 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize. "RENT" captures the heart and spirit of a generation. It celebrates a community of young artists as they struggle with the soaring hopes and tough realities of living and working in New York City.

"RENT" will be selling special $20 tickets one hour before the performance. There is a limit of two tickets per person. These seats are located in the first two rows of the auditorium. All additional remaining tickets will also go on sale at this time.

"In keeping with the spirit of the show and the vision of Jonathan Larson (the show's creator) we are happy to be able to offer prime seats to people who otherwise would not be able to purchase them," explained original "RENT" producer Kevin McCollum. "Jonathan was himself a struggling artist and his dream was to create a universal piece of musical theatre that's available to everyone."

The tradition of the $20 tickets was started in New York when the show moved to Broadway after a sold-out run in a small downtown theatre. Since that time, people have lined up as early as the night before to guarantee their purchase of the $20 tickets. The producers of the show are committed to continuing the tradition of offering orchestra seats for $20 in each city the show will play.

For more information, please call (740) 593-1780. The Ohio University Performing Arts Series, the University Program Council and the Black Student Cultural Programming Board sponsor this performance.

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Media Contact: Performing Arts Series Publicity Coordinator Sarah Petersen, (740) 593-0802 or ss230302@ohio.edu  

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