In case you’re not familiar with it, The Last Five Years is a musical where a man and woman tell the story off meeting, falling in love, marrying, and then having it all fall apart over a five year period in crossing timelines (her first song is about him leaving for good, his is about their first date).
The production that I directed and accidentally starred in back in 2011 was a nightmare from start to finish that I thought was entirely behind me. Turns out I wasn’t as “over it” as I thought.
I’ve been the person everyone was trying to keep up with onstage before, but it’s been rare that I’ve had a fellow actor that I felt was working on a completely different level from what I was. It’s humbling and inspiring and it makes me want to do better.