bergenPAC and Englewood Health team up for ‘Rent’ production
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bergenPAC and Englewood Health team up for ‘Rent’ production

(Courtesy BergenPAC)
(Courtesy BergenPAC)

The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC in Englewood has partnered with Englewood Health to present free productions of “Rent — The Musical: Concert Version” in recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month.

“Rent,” which won a Tony award for best musical and the Pulitzer Prize for drama, is a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences. Set in Manhattan’s East Village, the show is about falling in love, finding your voice, and living for today.

Directed by Alexander Diaz, with musical direction by Ben Boecker, the performances feature local actors and will be held at Englewood Health, 350 Engle St., Englewood, May 17 and May 18 at 7 p.m., and May 19 at 2 p.m.

Audiences also will get to hear from Englewood Health’s behavioral health experts about addiction and mental health issues facing our community today, the support and treatment resources available, and how everyone can work together to reduce the stigma associated with these important issues.

As a designated stigma-free zone, Englewood Health is dedicated to educating the community and offering resources that help combat discrimination and negative perceptions toward people with mental illness. At the end of 2018, Englewood Health opened the Gregory P. Shadek Behavioral Care Center, headquartered at 25 Rockwood Place and featuring a dedicated care team of psychiatrists, licensed clinical social workers, an addiction specialist, and associated health care professionals. Collaborating with existing nonprofit and governmental agencies, the team is creating education and prevention programs to promote healthy lifestyles for children and adults in the local community.

For more information, call (201) 482-8194 or email education@bergenpac.org. For more information about behavioral health services at Englewood Health, call (201) 292-1400.

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