Taunton Gazette: ‘Rent’ actor Anthony Rapp gives talk at Stonehill College

March 25th, 2012

Taunton Gazette
Mar 25, 2012
By Silvana Vivas
Easton —

As he  sipped tea from a Dunkin’ Donuts cup, Anthony Rapp listened as students asked what it takes to be in the musical theater business.

“Have you ever thought about giving up?” said Nick Ryan, a senior at Bridgewater State University from Marshfield.

“I never really thought about giving up. It’s not in my nature,” Rapp said.

That was one of many life tips that Rapp —  an actor best known for playing the role of Mark Cohen in the rock opera “Rent” — gave students during the dinner preceding his talk at Stonehill College in Easton on Wednesday.

The Catholic liberal arts college was a stop on Rapp’s tour promoting his memoir, “Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent.”

The event was hosted by Stonehill’s Intercultural Affairs Office, in conjunction with an alumnus who donated money specifically for LGBTQ — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning — programming, said Liza Talusan, director of Intercultural Affairs at Stonehill.

Talusan introduced Rapp to the crowd of Stonehill students, BSU students and others in the community gathered in the  Martin Institute auditorium.

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