PHOTO CALL: Jason Robert Brown's Last Five Years, With James Gardiner and Erin Weaver, at Virginia's Signature Theatre
By Krissie Fullerton
10 Apr 2013
Jason Robert Brown's two-person song cycle, The Last Five Years, which replaced the previously announced Crimes of the Heart, began performances at Virginia's Signature Theatre April 2.
The two person musical features James Gardiner (Chess, [title of show]) and Erin Weaver (Xanadu) as Jamie and Cathy respectively.
"From first date to final goodbye," The Last Five Years, according to the Signature, "chronicles the highs and lows of modern marriage in an intimate, honest and richly moving musical portrait. Through the course of 14 songs, rising novelist Jamie and struggling actress Cathy separately tell their own account of their five-year relationship."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.