“Rent” with an Evesham Township flavor

South Jersey’s newest non-profit theatre group, Collaborative Stage Productions (CSP), will launch their inaugural season with RENT this month at the Eagle Theatre, located at 208 Vine Street in Hammonton, N.J. This production marks the beginning of an exhilarating partnership between CSP and the Eagle Theatre, both of which are non-profit organizations.

Wade Brodsky, a resident of Marlton, plays Gordy in the production.

Jonathon Larson’s RENT, winner of four Tony Awards, tells the story of the day-to-day lives of characters struggling to make the most of the time they have, and also compassionately highlights the issues facing LGBT individuals, especially those battling AIDS. Appropriately, a portion of the proceeds from RENT will benefit the South Jersey AIDS Alliance, South Jersey’s leader in the fight against AIDS. For more information about the organization, please visit SouthJerseyAidsAlliance.org.

This production of RENT will feature national recording artist Brian Bortnick reprising his role as Roger Davis A Philadelphia born and raised musician and a graduate of the University of the Arts, Bortnick has sold over 50,000 CD’s with his, OCTANE. The band performed and toured with Disturbed, Fuel, Three Doors Down, and Staind. Recently, Brian toured with American Idol Season 6 finalist Chris Sligh. Regional audiences may recall seeing Bortnick in the title role of The Who’s Tommy, produced by Stage Left Productions at the Eagle Theatre in June of 2011

RENT performance dates will be held on Jan. 26, 27, and 28, plus Feb. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 at 8 p.m. Also on Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. at the Eagle Theatre, located at 208 Vine Street, Hammonton, N.J. For tickets, please visit TheEagleTheatre.com, or call (609) 704–5012 for more information.

RENT is Directed by Ed “Rico” Santiago, Produced by Ted Wioncek III, choreographed by Dianne Certo, with Musical Direction by Jason Neri.