RENT is centered around a small group of close-friends living in New York City’s Lower East Side. Roger, Mark, Tom Collins, Angel Dumott Schunard, Mimi, Joanne, Maureen and Benny are the characters in this story. Mark is a filmaker trying to get his big break, who used to date Maureen. Maureen a performer, break up with him for Joanne, a lawyer. Tom Collins is a philosophy professor at MIT, who is mugged and left on the street, when Angel, a drag queen finds him and takes care of him. The two both have HIV. Roger is Mark’s roommate and has HIV as well. he’s a musician trying to get his big break. He meets Mimi a dancer who also has HIV, and they begin a relationship. Benny, was Mark and Roger’s roomate, until he married Alison Grey and left them. He soon tried to evict the neightborhood Mark and Roger live on.