TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – New Stage Theatreworks – the new theatre company aiming to shift the sands of the community theatre experience in Tallahassee, is excited to announce the company’s inaugural show, “The Last Five Years”, a two-person musical by Jason Robert Brown that’s a beloved cult favorite among theatre-lovers for its stunning music, funny and heartbreaking storyline and incredibly unique storytelling approach. “The Last Five Years” will be performed in the new Coffeehouse at Theatre Tallahassee from July 10-12 and July 17-19.
New Stage Theatreworks introduces a new chapter in the life of Theatre A La Carte, a group known for its high quality production values and engaging talent. With a brand new board and executive team leading the way, New Stage Theatreworks plans to move forward with fresh ideas and new energy, while building on the integrity and theatrical excellence the company has come to expect from the Theatre A La Carte lineage. With the ultimate mission to transform and enlighten with art, the members of New Stage Theatreworks are a group of passionate people who love theatre and artistic integrity, and are willing to push the creative envelope to bring new and exciting theatre to the area.
In the words and smile of artistic director Krystof Kage (a legendary local director and
actor himself), “we’re not going to put on the same types of shows you might see at other local venues. Our mission is to stage critically acclaimed and insightful works that other companies might shy away from, either for content or artistic or technical challenges. We believe there are so many great shows that get left unseen in Tallahassee. We want to showcase them to the community, and plan to do it all with high quality talent and production values.” The group plans to produce and launch 2-3 shows per year (or more) and will utilize various stages around town.
“The Last Five Years” is a chamber musical that documents the rise and fall of the relationship between Cathy and Jamie through songs and very little dialogue. One of the musical’s structural highlights, however, is that Cathy’s story is told in reverse, while Jamie’s moves forward in the traditional sense. The intersection of the songs and story is both time-hopping and transfixing to watch. The musical was recently made into a major motion picture starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. According to Krystof, “this musical is a perfect launch vehicle for New Stage Theatreworks. It’s a cultish musical with stunning music, unique staging opportunities and a showcase for two of Tallahassee’s best actor/singers.”
Auditions for “The Last Five Years” will take place May 16 -18. Follow us on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/newstagetheatreworks or visit www.newstagetheatreworks.org for times and location. Tickets for “The Last Five Years” will go on sale in June and will be available at www.newstagetheatreworks.org or at the box office during the show’s run.
New Stage Theatreworks
New Stage Theatreworks stages fresh and challenging works with quality production values. The company provides quality, professional theatre across a wide spectrum of artistic, production and technical merits. The shows chosen are bold, artistic choices that others may shy way from in an effort to push artistic boundaries. The people of New Stage Theatreworks are a team with a shared mission to collaborate and express themselves for the Tallahassee region and beyond, with a passion for the artistic merits and production value. For more information, visit www.newstagetheatreworks.org.