• emersoncollins

    @emersoncollins

    4 months ago
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  • This is “Steve.” The part of #RENTonFOX that was entrusted to my care. We didn’t post any photos or images so it could be impactful in the context of the broadcast. At my callback with our director Michael Greif, after I sang, he asked, “would you be willing to shave your head and put lesions on your face?” I of course said, “yes, because that’s what was really happening.” It also told me that this incredible artist had a specific vision for the way he wanted to tell this story he helped bring to life in 1996 for this medium. It was an honor and privilege to be this particular thread in the incredible tapestry of this work, to bring the HIV/AIDS story forward for a generation who may not know the reality of the history. We talked a lot about the support group, and the original support group it is based on, where all of the names come from real people. Michael told me he wanted this character to be brought to life in a way it had never been done before. As an actor there is no greater joy than to be part of telling a story you truly believe in. This part, this experience, these people were a gift. For the Steves and Pams and Alis and Gordons we lost, for the friends and families who mourned them, and those still living with, living with, living with, not dying from disease. I hope you enjoyed it, I definitely did!

    This is “Steve.”
    The part of #RENTonFOX that was entrusted to my care. We didn’t post any photos or images so it could be impactful in the context of the broadcast.
    At my callback with our director Michael Greif, after I sang, he asked, “would you be willing to shave your head and put lesions on your face?” I of course said, “yes, because that’s what was really happening.”
    It also told me that this incredible artist had a specific vision for the way he wanted to tell this story he helped bring to life in 1996 for this medium.
    It was an honor and privilege to be this particular thread in the incredible tapestry of this work, to bring the HIV/AIDS story forward for a generation who may not know the reality of the history.
    We talked a lot about the support group, and the original support group it is based on, where all of the names come from real people. Michael told me he wanted this character to be brought to life in a way it had never been done before.
    As an actor there is no greater joy than to be part of telling a story you truly believe in. This part, this experience, these people were a gift.
    For the Steves and Pams and Alis and Gordons we lost, for the friends and families who mourned them, and those still living with, living with, living with, not dying from disease.
    I hope you enjoyed it, I definitely did!

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deason632 - Eddie Deason 4 months ago

If there are plans to release this great show on DVD I’m placing my order now 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

kevin.key - KevinKey 4 months ago

It took me a minute to realize it was YOU. Great job. When you sang “Will I”. I dissolved into a puddle.

jamie.e.willis - Jamie Emerson Willis-Blunt 4 months ago

I remember where I was, when I heard this was going to Broadway and Jonathan Larson has passed before it opened on Broadway. Amazing performance! Hugs to you and the entire cast! 💘

moomonsta - moomonsta 4 months ago

Your dedication to this role and your portrayal was absolutely amazing. I mean AMAZING!

tinroof98 - Leslie 4 months ago

It broke my heart for Wally and Eric. Died in 1990 and 1995. It was a lovely way to memorialize them.