Slow Burn Theatre announced that their Friday, April 24 performance of “Rent” will be a Pride Night fund raiser to benefit HIV/AIDS outreach programs at the Pride Center in Wilton Manors.

“This is a first for us,” said theater co-founder Matthew Korinko. “But we think it’s important to support gay organizations that do important work – especially if the production has a connection like HIV/AIDS and Rent.” 

People who wish to support the agency and the theater will use the code PRIDE when ordering tickets either online or verbally. Those thickets will be earmarked for the donation and the theatre sends the funds to the Center. 

“We’ve done this sort of thing before,” said Pride Center Director of Development, Roger Roa. “It’s a good way to publicize the work we do and, hopefully, get people to attend the theatre’s shows. It can be a real win-win.” 

According to both Korinko and Roa, there’s no way to anticipate how much money may be raised by these programs. 

“But the real issue is to help make people aware of us and the services we have to offer,” Roa said. 

Asked if he planned to make this an annual event, Korinko said, “We don’t have to limit ourselves to once a year. It’s conceivable we could do a benefit whenever a theme matches a service or project in the community.”

“We’re moving to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and will have to discuss this with them. I’m sure we’ll do something. I’m just not sure what it will be.” 

Rent and the final show of the 2014/15 season, Little Shop of Horrors (Jun 5 to 28, 2015 – Fri and Sat at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m.) will be performed at the West Boca Performing Arts Theatre at the West Boca Community High School, 12811 Glades Road where the company has performed since its founding in 2009.

 Slow Burn will launch its 2015/16 season at the Amaturo Theater at Broward Center. The season’s lineup is Big Fish by Andrew Lippa and John August (Oct 22 – Nov 8); Violet with music by Jeanine Tefori and book and lyrics by Brian Crawley (Jan 21 – Feb 7); Spring Awakening with book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik (Mar 17 – Apr 3); and Heathers The Musical by Lawrence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy (Jun 8 – 26). 

Tickets are available online at or by phone at 866-811-4111. Enter the word PRIDE (upper case).