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"The Last 5 Years," a two-person musical, explores the ups and downs of relationships

TITLE: The Last 5 Years by Jason Robert Brown

WHAT: A unique two-person musical starring Joshua Roberts and Gabriella Cook, The Last 5 Years is presented by Roberts (theater, '05) as part of his senior thesis project.

WHO:  Produced by Joshua Roberts
Directed by Miranda King
Starring Joshua Roberts and Gabriella Cook

WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, December 2; Friday, December 3; Saturday, December 4

WHERE: Reed College Mainstage Theater (Entrance on Botsford Drive just off of SE 28th Avenue)

COST: $3 general admission; $2 senior citizens; $1 Reed students, faculty, and staff

CONTACT: For more information, the public is asked to visit the Reed events website or call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

About The Last 5 Years
The story of The Last 5 Years is one of life and failed relationships, told through missed connections, misunderstandings, and miscommunication. The play, structured as a series of very conversational, alternating, musical monologues, tells the story of a Jamie, a newly successful writer, and Cathy, a struggling actress. They love each other deeply, but are ultimately too self-involved to make their marriage work. Jamie adores Cathy's ambition, but is too caught up in his own projects. Cathy, on the other hand, adores Jamie's creativity, but resents his success and desires a stable home life. The show chronicles the difference between hearing someone and listening to them, and about making too many demands and too few sacrifices.


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