Caught in the Act

Anthony Rapp Speaks of Love, Loss and the Musical Rent

By Jared Bowen

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June 19, 2012

Jared Bowen interviews Anthony Rapp on Greater Boston

BOSTON — Anthony Rapp, best known for his role as Mark Cohen in the Broadway and movie adaptation of Rent, talked with Jared about his 2006 bestselling memoir turned one-man show, Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent.

The story is about Rapp's personal struggle to balance his sudden success, jumping from Starbucks to the stage of Jonathan Larson's Broadway smash hit, just as his mother, who had supported his acting career as she raised three children on her own, began a losing battle with cancer.

"[Death is] ... to me so much what Rent is about. In the time of great crisis there is also the possibility of profound love and connection and life," Rapp said.

Rapp will perform in Boston starting tonight, June 19, and takes his show across the pond to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August.

Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent
At the Modern Theatre, Suffolk University
525 Washington Street, Boston, MA
Through June 24




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Jared Bowen is WGBH’s Emmy Award-winning Executive Editor and Host for Arts. 

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