THE LAST FIVE YEARS

written and composed by Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Jim Petosa**
Musical Direction by Todd C. Gordon
Black Box Theater
MAR 27 - APR 17/2011

In this award-winning musical by Jason Robert Brown, audiences are taken on an intimate journey witnessing both the birth and unraveling of a young couple’s five year relationship. Brown’s alluring music interweaves the past and the present of a romantic and tumultuous love affair. Join Cathy and Jamie as they share their emotional stories through celebrated songs, such as “Still Hurting,” “The Next Ten Minutes,” and “Shiksa Goddess.”

“Nearly Perfect.”
VARIETY

“…is smart, witty, moving, musically complex and greatly indebted to Stephen Sondheim.”
WALL STREET JOURNAL

Photo: Aimee Doherty and Mark Linehan. Photo by Christopher McKenzie

Running Time: Approximately 80 minutes with no intermission
Creative Team
Jim Petosa◊, Director
Jim Petosa◊

Director

JIM PETOSA (Director, Artistic Director) joined New Repertory Theatre as an award-winning theatre artist, educator, and leader in 2012. He has served as Director of the School of Theatre, College of Fine Arts, at Boston University since 2002, and Artistic Director of Maryland’s Olney Theatre Center for the Arts and its National Players educational touring company (1994-2012). While at Boston University, he established the Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP), the professional production extension of the Boston University School of Theatre, in 2008. Throughout the Northeast, Mr. Petosa has directed for numerous institutions, including The Gift Horse, Brecht on Brecht, Good, Freud’s Last Session, The Testament of Mary, Broken Glass, Assassins, On the Verge, The Elephant Man (IRNE Nomination), Amadeus, Three Viewings, The Last Five Years, and Opus at New Rep. In Boston, his work was nominated for two IRNE awards for A Question of Mercy (BCAP). He has served as one of three artistic leaders for the Potomac Theatre Project (PTP/NYC) since 1987. In Maryland, his work earned over 25 Helen Hayes Award nominations as well as the award for outstanding direction of a musical for Jacques Brel is Alive and Well… His production of Look! We Have Come Through! was nominated for the Charles MacArthur Award for outstanding new play, and he earned the Montgomery County Executive’s Excellence in the Arts and Humanities Award for Outstanding Artist/Scholar. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, Mr. Petosa has served on the executive board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for StageSource. Originally from New Jersey, he was educated at The Catholic University of America and resides in Quincy.