The Last Five Years
Music & lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Feb 12 - 28, 2016
Directed by Denia Kirk
Musical Direction by Melony Dodson
Drama Desk winner ... and one of Time Magazine's10 best shows of 2001.
An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show's unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.
From the Director ...
"Jason Robert Brown's masterpiece unfolds in a space and time continuum. The concept is fascinating and powerful in that the audience feels as if they are traveling through another dimension with Cathy and Jamie, echoing the ephemeral nature of live theatre, human relationships, and life itself.
"Einstein insisted that time itself is an illusion, and I find this idea somehow refreshing. The young couple allow their experiences along their journey together to become their absolute reality, crashing down on them, cracking them into a million little pieces, and ultimately evolving into their catalyst for healing and growth. Love is the only thing that is real ~ that is the subtext I hear whispering through the pages of the story, resonating within Seth and Bethany's collective voice, and bouncing off the piano keys Melony plays so beautifully.
"When any relationship is at an end, the shared love remains an indestructible truth that exists within everyone, defying the perceived boundaries of space and time. We expose the love in each other, and we believe we must find it somewhere outside of us ~ when the truth is that it lives within us always."
... Denia Kirk
"Few musicals are as fanatically adored as Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years ... using opposing chronology to retrace the ill-fated relationship of a New York couple - purportedly inspired by the Tony Award-winning composer's own marriage woes and later divorce."
"I can't think of any better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than by spending 90 exhilarating minutes with The Last Five Years, Jason Robert Brown's giddily sorrowful eulogy for a brief marriage."
"It's instantly clear […] that this poignant, richly dramatic and piercingly honest two-character show is destined to be a hit."
—The Chicago Sun-Times
"Jaw-dropping! A gem of a show from Jason Robert Brown."
—New York Magazine
WARNING: The Last Five Years contains mature language and themes that are not suitable for children.
CATHY HIATT – Bethany Plaag
JAMIE WELLERSTEIN – Seth O'Kegley
Next Up ...
Tennessee Stage Company "New Play Festival" WORLD PREMIERE:
The Cast List
by Gayle Greene
Mar 4-20, 2016
Two star-crossed cast lists wreak havoc on a struggling community theatre's production of Romeo & Juliet.
Actors often have to face the challenge of growing older on stage, but in Harold Pinter's Betrayal they have an even more difficult task: they must grow younger as the play progresses. Pinter's play tracks the course of an affair, but it does so backwards: it opens with a meeting between the two lovers some years after the affair ended; it finishes with the first erotically charged encounter between the two, nine years earlier. The performers chart the stages in the affair, discarding the layers of guilt, to become their younger, fresher selves.
The play begins in 1977 with a meeting between adulterous lovers, Emma and Jerry, two years after their affair has ended. During the nine scenes of the play we move back in time through the states of their affair, with the play ending in the house of Emma and Robert, her husband, who is Jerry's best friend.
The classic dramatic scenario of the love triangle is manifest in a mediation on the themes of marital infidelity, duplicity, and self-deception. Pinter writes a world that simultaneously glorifies and debases love.
"We absolutely LOVED the show ... it was a delight, perfectly cast, costumed so well that additional sets were not needed, could have been an off Broadway production right here in K-ville. When I was in NYC in Dec., I saw 3 off Broadway shows which made me appreciate TKD even more ... including the venue! When I tell people that TKD is as good as NYC, I know what I am talking about!"
- L. Denton, Knoxville