January 29 - February 14, 2016

THE LAST FIVE YEARS

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown

This stirring stage musical was hailed as one of the 10 best shows of 2001 by Time magazine. Told through inventive and heartrending songs, The Last Five Years is a two-person show that navigates the ins and outs -- the ups and downs -- of a marriage. Written by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, this Drama Desk Award winner is the story of a couple's five-year relationship, from the thrilling pangs of new love to their painful final separation. There is, however, a twist: The man relives the relationship from beginning to end, while the woman relates their story in reverse. The two characters' emotional timelines converge only once -- at their wedding in the middle of the show.

PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES

Kody Bringman (Jamie) & Becca Orts (Cathy)
Becca and Kody have been working together, coincidentally, for the last 5 years as directors, music directors, teachers, and actors. Most recently they played opposite of each other in Syracuse, NY as Woman 1 and Man 2 (Songs for a New World), Shrek and Fiona (Shrek), and Sally and Cliff (Cabaret). At ArtsWest, where they met 5 years ago, their credits include Brad and Janet (Rocky Horror Show) and Kira and Sonny (Xanadu). Co-Directing/ Co-Music Directing credits include Godspell, Once on this Island Jr., Starmites, and Schoolhouse Rock Jr. We would like to thank the late Christopher Zinovitch for his unending support and desire to see us succeed not only as individuals but as a couple. We would also like to thank Mark, Jen, Matt, and Julia for this amazing opportunity to work together here at SecondStory Rep. Here's to the next 5 years.

MEET THE BAND

Matthew Tevenan (Cello) is thrilled to be participating in this amazing production of The Last 5 Years! He is humbled to be working among such accomplished artists. Recent credits include American Idiot and Dogfight at ArtsWest, Into the Woods at Twelfth Night Productions, and The Hours of Life at Theatre22. Upcoming shows include Company at Twelfth Night Productions, South Pacific at Seattle Musical Theatre, and Violet at ArtsWest.

Anthony Pooley (Guitar) is delighted to be working at SSR again on this wonderful show. Recent credits include Next To Normal (also at SSR), Spring Awakening, Man of La Mancha, The Who’s Tommy, 13, Reefer Madness and many more. Thanks to Mark, Jen and Julia for giving me the opportunity to play this notoriously challenging score, and to the other members of the band for making it such fun. Love and gratitude to my beautiful wife Nicki for her support, and her patience during the long, lonely nights of tech week. Thanks for The Last 20 Years…

Josh Koller (Cello)
Olivia Waring (Violin)
Jim Graham (Bass)
Alex Lathum (Bass)

MEET THE PRODUCTION TEAM

Matt Giles (Director) is so pleased to be back at SecondStory Rep, and working with such lovely artists. He previously directed Go, Dog! Go! for SSR’s TYA season. Last year, Matt directed STAGEright’s acclaimed production of Into the Woods, winner of the Gregory Award for Outstanding Musical. This summer, you he will be directing Peter and the Starcatcher at Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre. Other Seattle directing credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (SMT), Tigers Be Still (Catapult), and a host of shows with Youth Theatre Norhtwest. His work as a performer, music director, pianist, and producer has been seen at the 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Showtunes, and others. Matt is the Associate Producing Director at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Special thanks to Julia, the best friend and best collaborator around.

Julia Thornton (Music Director) is excited to be to be music directing her fourth SSR production! She received her BA from the University of Oregon in 2011 and has been music directing, playing, and teaching at theaters all over the area since. Favorite credits include Into the Woods (STAGEright- Gregory Award Winner for Best Musical), Godspell (Village Theatre KIDSTAGE), RENT (SSR), The Hours of Life (Theatre22). Many thanks to Matt and Alyssa.

Annie Simonton (Stage Manager) After spending a year working down by Sleeping Beauty’s castle in Disneyland, Annie is exceedingly pumped to move home and return to stage manage at SecondStory! A CWU theater generalist alum, Annie has creeped around interning and working at theaters around the Seattle area. Previous SSR credits include A Christmas Carol/A Christmas Carol Jr, Charlotte’s Web, and Rapunzel. Love to family and friends.

Amanda Headley (Costume Designer) is delighted to be making her debut with SecondStory Repertory. Recent credits include Avenue Q at Shoreline Community College, Beauty and the Beast for Evergreen Family Theater, and past credits include The Dark at the Top of the Stairs at the Dover Little Theater, The Glass Menagerie at The Barn Theater, and You with Miss Them at the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theater. She was the assistant costume designer for Agamemnon off-Broadway at La Mama. Amanda has a fashion design degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.

Jen Chenovick (Light Design) Jen's theatrical career began in 2002 when she was asked to assistant stage manage The Importance of Being Ernest right here at SSR. Following her passion for theater Jen moved to Hollywood in 2005 where she stage managed for The Blank Theatre including the oddly satisfying Lobster Alice starring Noah Wylie and Nicholas Brendon. While in California, she also worked with Syzygy Theatre Group and the World Premiere of Tender, Abi Morgan’s trenchant drama of the human hunger for connection. Jen moved back to Redmond in 2007 and jumped right back into her work with SSR. During her eighteen plus years at SSR Jen has worn many hats, from stage manager to production manager to managing director and now light design. Special thanks to my parents, they’re pretty cool.

Mark Chenovick (Set Design/Technical Director) has been designing, building, and painting sets since the mid-eighties. Having the fortune to begin his theatrical career under the tutelage of Don McLaughlin in his hometown of Helena Montana, Mark continued his training at the University of Washington where he was accepted into the Graduate Design Seminar his sophomore year. With subsequent degrees in Art History and Drama, Mark went on to serve as technical director/designer for multiple organizations including: Virginia Musical Theatre, Fort Peck Summer Theatre, the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Little Theater of the Rockies, and the Norfolk Governor’s School for the Arts. As Technical Director/Production Manager of the national tour of Anything Goes (starring Gloria Loring) Mark travelled around the United States and Canada realizing that there is no place quite as wonderful as the Pacific Northwest. Shortly after the turn of the millennium, and following a brief stint as a carpenter at The Studio Theatre in Washington D.C., he moved back to Seattle. Locally he has worked behind the scenes for the Village Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, Redwood Theatre, and, of course, SecondStory Repertory.

Mark Chenovick (Sound Design) I began my sound design journey splicing reel-to-reel tape together in the basement of the original Penthouse Theater on the University of Washington campus but it was my brief time in the MFA program at Utah State University, where I learned the joys of digital sound design, and subsequently, became hooked on sound design for life. Having provided composed and curated underscoring and soundscaping, original and sourced sound effects, and performance amplification services for multiple theaters across the US, I have felt the most at home at SSR. Special thanks to Squolfie, ‘lil Squolf, and my extended family. You are the music of my life. #bandistoohot #sorrynotsorry

Mark Chenovick (Projection Design) has designed projections for over 100 shows in the last ten years. Prior to that he worked with CJS design, a website design and hosting company, developing custom websites for clients ranging from Draper Valley Farms to Seattle Film Group. He also co-created and ran the now defunct SeattleActor.com, a website focused on Seattle area theater, featuring audition listings, helpful articles, and show reviews. In addition to projections, Mark also designs all of the marketing materials you see at SSR including; posters, show graphics, and website. All my love to Jen. Enjoy the show!

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