bergenPAC, Englewood Health team up to present a spin on ‘Rent’
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bergenPAC, Englewood Health team up to present a spin on ‘Rent’

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 in 1996, was a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that continues to resonate with audiences. The musical, set in Manhattan’s East Village, is about falling in love, finding your voice, and living for today.

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

Audiences will get to hear from Englewood Health’s behavioral health experts about addiction and mental health issues facing the community today, the support and treatment resources available, and how everyone can work together to reduce the stigma that surround them.

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 at 25 Rockwood Place, 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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