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Doane Welcomes "Rent" Star Anthony Rapp

Anthony Rapp, best known for his role as Mark Cohen in the Tony Award-winning musical "Rent," will speak at Doane, Thursday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Heckman Auditorium.

Sponsored by Doane's Hansen Leadership Program, the event is free and open to the public.  Rapp will share experiences from his career and his book, titled "Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss and the Musical ‘Rent.'" Rapp wrote both about "Rent" and the experience of losing his mother to cancer while appearing in the biggest stage hit of his career.

In "Rent," Rapp played the role of a filmmaker and the narrator of the emotional Broadway musical that portrays young artists "struggling to live and celebrate life" in New York City's East Village.

Rapp shared an OBIE Award with the rest of the original cast - part of a slew of awards "Rent" reaped, including the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.

Rapp also starred in the film version of "Rent" released by Sony Pictures in Nov. 2005.

Rapp's Broadway credits also include "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation," and "Precious Sons." His film credits include "Adventures in Babysitting," "Dazed and Confused," "Man of the Century," and "A Beautiful Mind."

Rapp resides in New York City. He is the lead singer of Albino Kid, an alternative rock band.