LAST FIVE YEARS
by Jason Robert Brown
WHEN: Monday, December 14, at 8:00 pm
WHERE: the Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin St., Bloomfield
TICKETS: $19.00 – $26.00
For more information, directions, and to purchase individual tickets, visit www.4thwalltheatre.org. Tickets may also be reserved by calling 973-566-9255.
4TH WALL THEATRE brings back by popular demand, and for one night only, the Jason Robert Brown musical The Last Five Years.
Most recently seen on the big screen earlier in 2015 in the film starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan, The Last Five Years is a powerful musical that ingeniously chronicles the five-year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up, or break-up to meeting, depending on how you look at it. It is an intensely personal look at the relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress, from both of their points of view—his going forward, and hers going backward in time. This Drama Desk Award-winning musical explores the surprising, enlightening, and sometimes hard truths we all face in a romantic relationship, and explores the true meaning of love.
Returning are Danny Arnold of Budd Lake and Madeline Fansler of New York to play Wellerstein and Hiatt.
"The emotional journeys of these two people are an excellent challenge for our talented actors,” says director Kate Swan. “Danny, as Jamie Wellerstein, has the easier job of moving forward chronologically through the relationship, but he also has the more difficult job of making his character (who cheats on his wife and then leaves her) sympathetic. Madeline, as Catherine Hiatt, usually gets the audience's sympathy from the beginning of the show, but she has to play the demise of the relationship first and then move backward through the play to the first date. Both actors are doing an incredible job."
4th Wall Artistic Director Kate Swan, of Teaneck, directs and is joined by Markus Grae-Hauck, of West Orange, as Musical Director. The two have teamed on numerous 4th Wall productions. Gwen Ricks-Spencer, formerly of Montclair, is the Production Manager, and Martha Thalheimer of Paterson serves as the Stage Manager. They are joined by Set and Properties Designer Rob Lavagno, Lighting Designer Nik Marmo, and Sound Designer Nicholas Von Hagel.
Westminster Arts Center is located just minutes off exit 148 of the Garden State Parkway.