Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Ain't Nothin' Goin' On but Rent 

That award-winning play about singing, dancing AIDS victims returns.

Chanté Carmel Frierson has spent the past 16 months with the touring production of Rent, which comes to Akron today. At each and every show, she uses her role as outspoken lesbian lawyer Joanne Jefferson to warn other black women about AIDS.

You’d think that this late in the game, folks would be taking precautions. But African-American ladies account for nearly 72 percent of newly diagnosed HIV cases in this country. “We’re plagued with this virus more than anybody else, because we’re at the highest risk,” says Frierson, a Los Angeles native. “It’s scary when you think of all the people who ignore the warnings. When I’m on that stage, I’m educating everybody in that audience.” If you haven’t heard, the Tony-winning musical revolves around a bunch of bohos struggling to make ends meet in New York City during the early ’90s. The AIDS pandemic spreading throughout the community adds to their problems. Frierson says she can relate to her character’s relentless crusade. “It’s easy for me to get into the role,” she says. “She is who she is, and she doesn’t hide it.”
Sat., April 21, 2 & 8 p.m.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

Speaking of Highlights

More by Cris Glaser

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 9, 2020

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

© 2020 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation