While "Rent" does deal with difficult topics, he said the story is framed in a way that is hopeful.
"The show ends on the idea that this isn't the end, and it doesn't have to be," he said. "It takes you through a very sort dark place in a way, but it gives you hope throughout all the way through it. At the end of the night it leaves you in a place that you got things to think about but it is also uplifting, extremely uplifting."
Teichner said when "Rent" was originally cast in New York City, there were people that didn't have much or any background experience, which gave the play an interesting feel to it. This feeling is recreated, he said, because many of the people cast aren't regulars in the local theater scene.
"In a lot of ways, we were able to put together that same kind of dynamic," he said about the cast.
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