The Last Five Years Will Play Limited Engagement in New Jersey

News   The Last Five Years Will Play Limited Engagement in New Jersey
4th Wall Theatre will open its 2015-16 season with Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years, about a couple falling in and out of love. Performances will be held Oct. 23-25.

Directed by 4th Wall artistic director Kate Swan with music direction by Markus Grae-Hauck, the production will feature Danny Arnold as Jamie Wellerstein and Madeline Fansler as Cathy Hiatt.

Most recently seen on screen starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan, The Last Five Years, according to 4th Wall, "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."

Director Swan added, "The emotional journeys of these two people are an excellent challenge for our talented actors. 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."

Other members of the creative team include production manager Gwen Ricks-Spencer, stage manager Martha Thalheimer, set and properties designer Rob Lavagno, lighting designer Nik Marmo and sound designer Nicholas Von Hagel.

Show times are Oct. 23 and 24 at 8 PM and Oct. 25 at 3 PM. Westminster Arts Center is located at 449 Franklin Street in Bloomfield, NJ. For more information and tickets, call (973) 566-9255 or visit

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