“The Last Five Years” by Jason Robert Brown will be on stage at STUDIO THEATER IN EXILE@HUDSON VALLEY MOCA,
FRIDAY, December 1st – 7pm, SATURDAY, December 2nd – 7pm; SATURDAY, December 9th – 7pm, SUNDAY, December 10th – 3pm; SATURDAY, December 16th – 3pm and 7pm,
SUNDAY, December 17th – 3pm. $40.00 adults, $35 student, senior 65+, HVMOCA member.
One could say that this is a ‘He said, She said’ or one could call it a musical inspired by Jason Robert Brown’s ex-wife, or a revenge against same, whatever it must be admitted that the play is a lyrical tribute to love, marriage, and divorce as the two character, Cathy (Alea Vorillas) and Jamie (Brett Fox) tell their stories of the relationship.
The structure of the show is unusual. Cathy’s story begins at the end of the relationship and concludes at its beginning. Jamie’s story starts at the beginning and follows through to the end. It’s an intriguing structure bringing up theories of how memory works and what the time-line crossover means. Will Cathy be better off since she deals with the sorrow of an ending first and remembers love last; does Jamie’s focus on his love first and his departure last tell us anything about memory, loss, the ability to get on with life even in pain? Artistically, rumor has it that Brown found the structure standing on a subway platform watching two trains pass in different directions.
Starting in 2001 at the Minetta Lane Theatre, “The Last Five Years” has traveled across the United States and six other countries. The words are intimate and poetic, the music is expressive, and the situation is universal, although much more melodic than the usual love to break-up story. It was named one of the top ten musicals by Time Magazine and lauded as a “powerful and intimate look at the 5 year-long relationship.”
Quotes from the actors:
For Bret, the show explores themes that he connects with deeply, and he has been in love with the material for over 20 years. He was fascinated by the complexity and deconstruction of such a simple storyline, as well as the theatricality of it, considering it has only two characters.
Alea has always loved new concepts that disrupt the status quo. She was equally fascinated that the composer/lyricist was able to take a cookie-cutter plotline and invert it for the audience, making it even more heart wrenching. As an opera singer, Alea found the composition both defiant and innovative, while at the same time conventional and deferential to classical tradition, which is not often found in contemporary works.
Bret and Alea have wanted to do this show since they met each other 5 years ago. This show is about a couple and their 5-year relationship, and it is fitting that their friendship would culminate in this production in its 5th year.
Event Location and Ticket Information
Hudson Valley MOCA
1701 Main Street
PEEKSKILL, New York 105663118
Handicap Accessible? Yes
Date: Saturday, December 2, 2023
Times: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm