'Last Five Years' At Cotuit Center For The Arts

Cotuit Center for the Arts will present the musical, “The Last Five Years,” Sunday and Monday evenings at 8 PM on June 29 and 30, July 13 and 14, and July 20 and 21.

Anthony Teixeira co-directs this musical by Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown and also takes on the role of Jamie Wellerstein, a talented up-and-coming Jewish novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt, a “Shiksa Goddess” and struggling actress, played by Elisabeth Moore, the lead music teacher at Sturgis Charter Public School West. Henry Buck is music director and pianist.

Jamie and Cathy’s tale is told almost entirely through song, with very little dialogue, and plays with time in an intriguing, unconventional way. Cathy begins at the end of the story, at the dissolution of their marriage (“Still Hurting”) and recounts her story in reverse chronological order, back to their first date, while Jamie tells his story in the more usual order, beginning with his joy on their first meeting (“Shiksa Goddess”).

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The two alternate their songs, joining in a wedding song in the middle, “The Next Ten Minutes,” when their stories intersect.

The story was inspired by Brown’s own failed marriage to actress Theresa O’Neill. A film based on the play is scheduled for release this year.

The show offers a variety of musical styles, including pop, jazz, classical, klezmer, Latin, rock, folk, waltzes, and rhythm and blues. The 2002 off-Broadway production won the 2002 Drama Desk Award for outstanding music and lyrics.

Co-director Anthony Teixeira was born and raised on Cape Cod and studied music and theater in Maine. He toured nationally with educational theater shows for a few years and lived in New York City for several years before returning to the Cape.

“The theater scene is thriving on every level here, and the people are welcoming and wonderful to work with,” he said. Though Mr. Teixeira has directed a number of children’s theater productions, this show marks his debut as a director of a show for adults.

The show will be presented on Sunday and Monday evenings, giving people more options than the usual weekend nights to go to the theater.

Tickets are $20, $17 for seniors, and $15 for members. Premium tables with wine are available.

Cotuit Center for the Arts is at 4404 Falmouth Road (Route 28) in Cotuit. To purchase tickets, visit artsonthecape.org or call 508-428-0669.

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