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Emmy Award Winner LeVar Burton to Appear at RENT Fundraiser

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June 13 2013

RENTOn Friday evening, June 14th Emmy Award winner LeVar Burton will appear at the Opening Night of RENT at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood. A portion of the proceeds from this performance and the following performances on June 15th and 16th will benefit AIDS Research Alliance. Burton has been ARA’s national spokesperson for two years, and he has served on its Board of Directors for almost one year.

RENT will run on Friday & Saturday at 8:00 PM, and on Sunday at 7:00PM. General admission tickets for Rent are $34, with student and senior tickets available for $25, with valid ID. To purchase tickets online, go to plays411.net/rent. To purchase by phone, call (323) 960-4410. The Hudson Theatre is located at 6539 Santa Monica Boulevard, on Theatre Row in Hollywood.

“LeVar Burton has demonstrated an amazing commitment to AIDS Research Alliance since he joined our organization two years ago,” said Carolyn Carlburg, ARA’s CEO. “On Friday night, June 14th, only, those who attend this performance of RENT will have the opportunity to hear from LeVar, an Emmy Award winning actor deeply committed to realizing an HIV-free generation.”

AIDS Research Alliance helped to make HIV/AIDS treatable, but 8,000 people still die of AIDS every day, while millions more with HIV may lose a third of their life spans. As an independent research organization, AIDS Research Alliance has moved the science forward, contributing to the approval of half of today’s HIV/AIDS treatments. Now, AIDS Research Alliance is dedicated to finding a cure.

Burton explained, “I am so honored to be part of this wonderful organization, and anything I can do to help with AIDS research is truly my pleasure.”

RENT is a rock opera based on Puccini’s La Boheme, which tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in the East Village New York during the 1990s. The story centers on Mark and Roger, two roommates. While a former tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark tries to capture it through his attempts to make a film. In the year that follows, the group deals with love, loss, AIDS, and modern day life, all wrapped up in one powerful story. Rent director Kristen Boulé is the founding artistic director of the 2Cents Theatre Group, currently in residence at the Hudson Theatre.

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