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Elements Theatre Collective presents: The Last Five Years

Elements Theatre Collective

Elements Theatre Collective presents

The Last Five Years

written and composed by Jason Robert Brown

A musical that defies many standard musical conventions, The Last Five Years follows the relationship between Cathy, an aspiring actress, and Jamie, a successful novelist, over the course of five years.  Cathy’s story moves in reverse chronological order, while Jamie’s moves forward.  The show examines what happens when love is not enough and the lack of connection in the seemingly closest moments of a relationship.  An intimate and emotionally powerful examination of love, it is easy to see why The Last Five Years has been called a “cult-hit.”

Starring: Emily Jewell as Catherine Hiatt and Elisha Schaefer as Jamie Wellerstein.  With Direction by Sara Rademacher, Music Direction by Stacie Anthes, Accompaniment by Ben Saunders, Set Design by Sarah Jane Bennett, Costume Design by Yuko Maikawa, Lighting Design by Chris Hanes, Stage Management by Sarah Minnis, and Produced by Rob Grayson & Mary Plant-Thomas.

Elements Theatre Collective will present The Last Five Years  from April 12th through April 28th in multiple locations throughout Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpenteria.  As part of Elements’ mission to provide free, professional quality theatre to under-served communities, all performances will be offered for free to the community, including a performance at Casa Esperanza Homeless Shelter.  This production is presented in partnership with Santa Barbara Dance Alliance and the Santa Barbara Public Library System.  The Last Five Years contains minimal adult language.

Performance dates and locations include:

Friday, April 12th at 8:00pm – The Piano Kitchen, 430 Rose Ave, Santa Barbara

Saturday, April 13th at 8:00pm – The Piano Kitchen, 430 Rose Ave, Santa Barbara

Sunday, April 14th at 2:00pm – SHIFCO, 418 Santa Fe Place, Santa Barbara

Thursday, April 18th at 8:00pm – Rancho Embarcadero, 224 Vereda Layenda, Goleta

Friday, April 19th at 8:00pm – Carpinteria Woman’s Club, 1059 Vallecito Rd, Carpinteria

Saturday, April 20th – Special Location To Be Announced

Sunday, April 21st – Special Location To Be Announced

Thursday, April 25th – Casa Esperanza Homeless Shelter, 816 Cacique St, Santa Barbara

Friday, April 26th at 8:00pm – Java Station, 4447 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara

Saturday, April 27th at 8:00pm – Java Station, 4447 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara

Sunday, April 28th at 2:00pm – Santa Barbara Public Library, Faulkner Gallery, 40 E Anapamu St, Santa Barbara

To reserve your free tickets visit the Productions page on our website:

Elements’ production of The Last Five Years, is the third fully staged production in our ambitious 2012-2013 season.  Since our initial season, Elements has more than doubled its programs, producing several fully realized plays, commissioning new work and providing career oriented and community oriented workshops. Elements also collaborated with Out of the Box Theatre Company to produce the first annual Santa Barbara General Auditions, with the 2nd annual event happening this May.

Photo credit: Rob Grayson

Contact: Mary Plant-Thomas FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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If you’d like more information about this production, Elements Theatre Collective, or to schedule an interview with director Sara Rademacher, please call (805) 232-4382 or email Thank you!

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