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Anthony Rapp to Present "Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss and the Musical Rent"

Posted Sep, 7, 2010

As part of the Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series, Anthony Rapp will present "Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss and the Musical Rent" on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 5 p.m. in the Kiva. A reception and book signing will follow at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204 of the Kent Student Center.

Anthony Rapp

Rapp is best known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in the Tony Award-winning rock opera "Rent." He shared an OBIE (Off-Broadway Award) with the rest of the cast for their performance. After taking the show from Off-Broadway to Broadway and Chicago to London, Rapp reprised his role in the 2005 Sony Pictures major motion picture adaption.

Rapp’s prolific career includes additional roles in theatre (Six Degrees of Separation, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown); film (Dazed and Confused, A Beautiful Mind, Road Trip); and television (The X-Files, Law and Order: SVU). He is back on tour with a performance adapted from his 2006 national best-seller "Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent." Rapp’s novel details his experiences during Rent’s original run – as well as his personal struggle with losing his mother to cancer.

Rapp also serves on the board of the non-profit organization Friends In Deed, which provides emotional support for individuals with a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS, cancer, or other life-threatening physical illness and their families, friends, and caregivers.

The Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series is funded by the Provost’s Office and coordinated by the Honors College. If special accommodations for disabilities are needed, please notify the Honors College as soon as possible at 330-672-2312.

Cost: Free
Media Contact: Deb Craig,, 330-672-2312