Wednesday, December 14, 2011

"The Last Five Years"

An interview with myself.

Interviewer: We're here with Alison Jutzi today who is going to talk to us about her latest project, "The Last Five Years", which will be going up at the Tarragon theatre this January. Welcome, Alison.

Alison: Oh, thank you. It's a pleasure to be here.

Interviewer: Alison, can you tell us a little bit about the show?

Alison: Great question. The show is a brilliant musical written by Jason Robert Brown, and centres around a man and woman who fall in love, get married and then get separat-

Interviewer: Whoa whoa whoa! Don't give anything away!

Alison: Well, I'm not actually giving away anything that you don't find out in the first 10 seconds of the show. This show is unique in that one of the characters experiences the events of the five-year-long relationship in chronological order, and one of them in reverse.

Interviewer: Memento?

Alison: Everyone keeps saying that. Yes, I guess so, like Memento. But not really.

Interviewer: So, I'll ask what most of our readers are likely wondering: "What's the point of going through the whole show if you already know the ending right away?"

Alison: Um. I think that with this show, the real joy for the audience comes from the putting together of the puzzle of how the relationship went downhill.

Interviewer: Given the complex nature of the show-

Alison: It's really not that complex...

Interviewer: -do you think the audience will understand what's going on, or do you think you'll lose them halfway through?

Alison: Um. I think the audience will be fine.

Interviewer: Well, let's hope so. Thanks for chatting with us this morning, Alison.

Alison: You're welcome. It was my favourite interview of all time.