Rent script
Rent (2005)
Synopsis: In this musical, set at the dawn of the 1990s, a group of New Yorkers struggle with their careers, love lives and the effects of the AIDS epidemic on their community. Mark (Anthony Rapp), an aspiring filmmaker, and Roger (Adam Pascal), an HIV-positive musician, scramble for money to pay rent to their landlord and former roommate, Benny (Taye Diggs). Meanwhile, their friend Tom (Jesse L. Martin), a professor, has fallen for Angel (Wilson Jermaine Heredia), who is slowly dying of AIDS.

COLLINS:

"Chestnuts roasting -"

ROGER & MARK

(as MARK picks up the phone)

Collins!

COLLINS:

I'm downstairs

MARK:

Hey!

COLLINS:

Roger picked up the phone?

MARK:

No, it's me

COLLINS:

Throw down the key

(MARK pulls out a small leather pouch and drops it off the apron

downstage center as if from a window; a weighted leather pouch plops

down from "upstairs." COLLINS catches it.)

MARK:

A wild night is now pre-ordained

(Two THUGS appear from above, with clubs. They are obviously close to

attacking COLLINS, who says back into the phone...)

COLLINS:

I may be detained

(THUGS mime beating and kicking COLLINS, who falls to the ground as

lights on him fade)

MARK:

What does he mean...?

(Phone rings again)

What do you mean "detained"?

(Lights come up on BENNY, who's on a cellular phone.)

BENNY:

Ho ho ho

MARK & ROGER

Benny! Shit

BENNY:

Dudes, I'm on my way

MARK & ROGER

Great! Fuck

BENNY:

I need the rent

MARK:

What rent?

BENNY:

This past year's rent which I let slide

MARK:

Let slide? You said we were 'golden'

ROGER:

When you bought the building

MARK:

When we were roommates

ROGER:

Remember - you lived here!?

BENNY:

How could I forget?

You, me, Collins and Maureen

How is the drama queen?

MARK:

She's performing tonight

BENNY:

I know

Still her production manager?

MARK:

Two days ago I was bumped

BENNY:

You still dating her?

MARK:

Last month I was dumped

ROGER:

She's in love

BENNY:

She's got a new man?

MARK:

Well -- no

BENNY:

What's his name?

BOTH:

Joanne

BENNY:

Rent, my amigos, is due

Or I will have to evict you

Be there in a few

(ROGER defiantly picks out Musetta's theme from Puccini's La Boheme

on the electric guitar. The fuse blows on the amp)

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Stephen Chbosky

Stephen Chbosky (born January 25, 1970) is an American novelist, screenwriter, and film director best known for writing the New York Times bestselling coming-of-age novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1999), as well as for screenwriting and directing the film version of the same book, starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller. He also wrote the screenplay for the 2005 film Rent, and was co-creator, executive producer, and writer of the CBS television series Jericho, which began airing in 2006. more…

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