Set in new York city’s gritty east village, the revolutionary rock opera RENT tells story of a group of bohemians
struggling to live and pay their rent. “measuring their lives in love,” these starving artists strive for success
and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness and AIDS epidemic.
rosario dawson as "mimi marquez"
taye diggs as "benjamin'benny'coffin III"
wilson jermaine heredia as "angel schunard"
jesse l. martin as thomas b. 'tom' collinns"
idina menzel as "maureen johnson"
adam pascal as "roger davis"
anthony rapp as"mark cohen"
tracie thoms as "joneee jeffrson"
When Gruwell was a first-year high school teacher in Long Beach, CA, teaching the "unteachables" (kids that no other
teacher wanted to deal with), she discovered that most of her students had not heard of the Holocaust. Shocked, she
introduced them to books about toleranceAfirst-person accounts by the likes of Anne Frank and Zlata Filopvic, who
chronicled her life in war-torn Sarajevo. The students were inspired to start keeping diaries of their lives that showed
the violence, homelessness, racism, illness, and abuse that surrounded them. These student diaries form the basis of
this book, which is cut from the same mold as Dangerous Minds: the outsider teacher, who isn't supposed to last a month,
comes in and rebuilds a class with tough love and hard work. Most readers will be proud to see how these students have
succeeded; at the end of their four-year experience, the Freedom WritersAas they called themselves, in honor of the
Freedom Riders of the 1960sAhad all graduated; Grunwell now works at the college level, instructing teachers on how to
provide more interactive classes for their students. Recommended for youth, education, and urban studies collections.
Erin Gruwell - Hilary Swank
Scott Casey - Patrick Dempsey
Margaret Campbell - Imelda Staunton
Steve Gruwell - Scott Glenn
Eva - April Lee Hernandez
Andre - Mario