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Rent

Since its debut in 1996, “Rent” has been one of the most talked-about musicals of its generation, and it has a Pulitzer Prize and four Tony Awards to show for it. Written by the late Jonathan Larson and directed by Michael Greif, “Rent” follows the lives of eight young friends in the East Village of New York City during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. The story begins and ends on Christmas Eve, and in the course of one year deals with AIDS, poverty, love and loss, and also coming to terms with who you are in a world that’s not immediately accepting of alternate lifestyles. 

Although the tour can be exhausting, the live energy of the show invigorates the cast each time out. “I get tired of the traveling, but never the show,” said Jed Resnick, who plays the nerdy bohemian Mark. To his credit, Resnick didn’t get tired of answering our silly questions either.

Mark is an aspiring filmmaker. Do you ever follow your cast mates around with a camera in the interest of “staying in character”?

I do. I’m one of the “documenters” of the tour, so I’m constantly taking pictures. I don’t have a video camera, so I’m stuck with 30 second video versions of action on my digital camera.

Tell me something terrible one of your cast mates has done that you’ve recorded.

We hit up a lot of interesting bars, so there are probably a few photos of cast mates with drag queens. Britney Houston, who used to be an Angel understudy on the tour, is our favorite drag queen in New York.

Speaking of incriminating, what’s one thing you’re dying to do while in Miami?

I probably have to make a trip to the Fontainebleau to see where “Top Chef” took place.

Did Hung deserve to win?

Are you kidding? It was Casey’s season. She just messed up. It was so sad. Hung was a phenomenal chef, he just wasn’t my favorite on the show.

Who did you think would win?

Tre. I almost cried when he got kicked off. I thought it was his season.

If there really is “no day but today,” as one of the featured songs says, what does that make tomorrow?

Hmmm, good question. I don’t know. (Reading “The New York Times”) Tomorrow: showers and cooler. High 64. Weather map on page 68.

Be honest: your touring version is better than the movie that came out two years ago, isn’t it?

Yes. No. It’s a different form than the movie. Theatre acting is more exciting than film. So in that respect it is better than the movie. But it’s the same story.

Did Anthony Rapp (the original Mark on Broadway and in the movie) give you any advice about playing Mark?

No, but I have gotten the chance to meet with him and chat with him a few times. He’s so comfortable in the role that it’s a reminder to be simple and true and that’s all it takes.

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