‘The Last Five Years’

Throughout the years, people experience numerous emotions and relationships, with none more beautiful than the beginning of love, and none more painful than heartbreak.

The Kauai Community Players will journey through the life and death of love in their latest play, “The Last Five Years,” which opens tonight.

“I think what it speaks to, very clearly, is how hard it is to be in love; how difficult it is for two people to be in tune with each other,” said the play’s producer, Dottie Bekeart. 

A two-person musical, the play dives into the minds of a writer, Jamie, and an actress, Cathy, as they both relive how their relationship came together and how it fell apart from their own points of view.

As the man looks at their relationship from beginning to end, the woman will be looking from end to beginning, thus the two lovers’ thoughts meet only once in the middle at their wedding. 

“It’s quite sad because it (the relationship) doesn’t work out,” said Bekeart. “I think that it will move them (audience members) … and the music is really wonderful. It’s an opportunity to see the play on Kauai, which is quite different.”

Bekeart also said that she would like the audience to understand the importance and difficulty of love and to treat love as it truly is: a wonderful, fragile gift.

The play will star Erin Gaines as the struggling actress and Kamerion Fort as the successful writer.

Actors Alexandria Taogoshi and Chris Aldrete will also star in the production as the characters. Their performances will take place on Sunday and Jan. 22. 

Directed by Jennifer Downs, the play opens at 7 p.m. and will run for three weekends, ending on Jan. 25.

Tickets cost $25 with $5 off opening weekend. There are also discounts for seniors, Kauai Community Player members and students

The play will take place at the Puhi Industrial Warehouse, 4411-E Kikowaena Road in Puhi. Sunday shows begin at 4 p.m.

Online reservations may be made up to two hours before the show begins at kauaicommunityplayers.org.


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