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Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series Features Actor, Author Anthony Rapp

Posted Sep. 20, 2010

Author and actor Anthony Rapp comes to Kent State University on Sept. 21 to present, "Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss and the Musical Rent."  Rapp will speak at 5 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva, with a book signing to follow at 6:30 in Room 204.

Anthony Rapp

Both events are free and open to the public.

Anthony Rapp is best known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in the Tony Award-winning rock opera Rent. Rapp shared an OBIE (Off-Broadway Award) with the rest of the cast for its 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. For additional information, contact the Honors College at 330-672-2312. If special accommodations for dis­abilities are needed, please notify the Honors College as soon as possible.