This post was written by Scott McMaster, a local actor who appears this season in RENT at Playcrafters of Skippack.
When you think of Skippack Village, you may not picture rundown buildings, rusty fire escapes, and shanty towns. However, all of these can be found at the heart of Skippack in Playcrafters’ production of RENT, opening Thursday, April 28 and continuing thru Saturday, May 14.
Set in the East Village of New York City in the 1990s, RENT explores the lives of a group of struggling artists who try to find love, friendship, and happiness during a time when poverty, homelessness, addiction, and AIDS shook the city.
RENT may seem like an odd show to do in quaint Skippack. However Skippack, much like the East Village, has a bohemian culture of its own with musicians, artists, performers, and galleries on display during First Fridays.
I am an actor at Playcrafters of Skippack and frequent patron of Skippack businesses. When in the village, I meet people of different shapes, sizes, ages, colors, incomes, orientations, and cultures. Skippack audiences will enjoy the message of embracing diversity and friendship offered by RENT.
To quote one of my favorite lyrics from the show, “give in to love or live in fear.” I believe that Skippack lives up to this lyric by creating a community in which we celebrate our differences and create “connection in an isolating age,” to quote another lyric from the show. That is the true message of RENT. It is about celebrating love and triumph while embracing the fears that come with it. It is about owning emotion, not renting it.
The Tony award-winning musical of RENT is celebrating its 20th year. There is “no day but today” to get your tickets to see this show.
For more information, see Playcrafters of Skippack.