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Libretto

Escrito e Composto por


James Robert Brown
Originalmente produzido para o New York Stage por
Arielle Tepper e Marry Bell
Originalmente produzido pelo Northlight Theatre
Chicago, Illinois

OS LTIMOS CINCO ANOS


Msica e Letras por Jason Robert Brown
Dirigido por Daisy Prince

Os ltimos Cinco Anos realizou a sua primeira apresentao pelo Northlight Theatre
(B.J. Jones, director artstico, Richard Friedman, director executivo) no North Shore
Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie, Illinois, a 23 de Maio de 2001. Cenografia e
figurinos por Beowulf Boritt, luz por Christine Binder, som por Rob Milburn e Ray
Nardelli, casting por Mark Simon, direo musical por Thomas Murray e direo por
Daisy Prince. O elenco foi:

JAMIE WELLERSTEIN
CATHERINE HIATT

Norbert Leo Butz


Lauren Kennedy

Direo de cena por Patty Lyons


A primeira produo em Nova Iorque foi apresentada por Marty Bell e Arielle Tepper,
em associao com Libby Adler Mages/Mari Glick e Rose/Land Productions, no
Minetta Lane Theater a 11 de Fevereiro de 2002. Os designer eram os mesmo que na
produo de Chicago, excepto o desinger de som, Duncan Edwards. A personagem
CATHERINE foi interpretada por Sherie Rene Scott.

OS LTIMO CINCO ANOS (Jason Robert Brown)


(THE LAST FIVE YEARS)

Cena I:
Still Hurting
A CATHERINE descoberta. ELA est a usar
um anel de casamento. ELA vira com as mos
um objeto vezes e vezes sem conta um anel
de casamento masculino que combina com o
dela. Est uma carta pousada na mesa ELA
leu-a inmeras vezes.
CATHERINE
O Jamie j foi e o Jamie acabou
O Jamie acredita que o tempo passou
O Jamie tem sonhos para o qual ele mudou
E a dor no passa
O Jamie diz que o trilho chegou ao fim
O Jamie diz que os problemas esto em mim
O Jamie de certo, est bem assim
E a dor no passa
E as mentiras, Jamie?
E tudo o resto
Que juraste to cru?
Ento e tu, Jamie?
Ento e tu?
O Jamie est certo que algo belo morreu
O Jamie diz que ele que decide e no eu
O Jamie tem segredos que nunca esqueceu
E a dor no passa
Vai, esconder, e vai fugir
Vai fugir, encontrar, algo melhor
Vai, fazer o sol subir
Vai fugir, pois simples
Mas no
O JAMIE entra ELE no est a usar o anel
de casamento. A CATHERINE no o v.
Estamos cinco anos mais cedo da cena no
quarto da Catherine O Jamie est no incio
da relao, e a Catherine, do outro lado do
palco, est no fim.
D-me um dia, Jamie
Mente outra vez
Esconde todo este mal
Talvez possa ver
E a certeza ter
Que este perder
o nosso final.

OS LTIMO CINCO ANOS (Jason Robert Brown)


(THE LAST FIVE YEARS)

CATHERINE (cont.)
O Jamie j foi, e pra onde que eu vou?
Tudo o que resta a dor que ficou
Talvez seja essa a lio que sobrou
Mas isso no vai mudar
Que o tempo est mais lento
Assim que o cho desabar
E a dor
No passa
As luzes DESVANECEM nela e AUMENTAM
no JAMIE do outro lado do palco.

OS LTIMO CINCO ANOS (Jason Robert Brown)


(THE LAST FIVE YEARS)

Cena II:
Shiksa Goddess
O JAMIE est a dizer adeus Catherine no
final do primeiro encontro.
JAMIE
I'm breaking my mother's heart.
The longer I stand looking at you,
The more I hear it splinter and crack
From ninety miles away.
I'm breaking my mother's heart.
The JCC of Spring Valley is shaking
And crumbling to the ground,
And my grandfather's rolling,
Rolling in his grave.
If you had a tattoo, that wouldn't matter.
If you had a shaved head, that would be cool.
If you came from Spain or Japan
Or the back of a van
Just as long as you're not from Hebrew school
I'd say, "Now I'm getting somewhere!
I'm finally breaking through!"
I'd say, "Hey! Hey! Shiksa goddess!
I've been waiting for someone like you."
Uns dias mais tarde. O JAMIE est ao
telefone com a Catherine.
I've been waiting through Danica Schwartz and Erica Weiss
And the Handelman twins.
I've been waiting through Heather Greenblatt, Annie Mincus,
Karen Pincus and Lisa Katz
And Stacy Rosen, Ellen Kaplan, Julie Silber and Janie Stein.
I've had Shabbas dinners on Friday nights
With every Shapiro in Washington Heights,
But the minute I first met you
I could barely catch my breath.
I've been standing for days with the phone in my hand.
Like and idiot, scared to death.
I've been wandering through the desert!
I've been beaten, I've been hit!
My people have suffered for thousands of years
And I don't give a shit!
If you had a pierced tongue, that wouldn't matter.
If you once were in jail or you once were a man,
If your mother and your brother had "relations" with each other
And your father was connected to the Gotti clan,
OS LTIMO CINCO ANOS (Jason Robert Brown)
(THE LAST FIVE YEARS)

JAMIE (cont.)
I'd say, "Well, nobody's perfect!"
It's tragic but it's true.
I'd say, "Hey! Hey! Shiksa goddess!
I've been waiting for someone like..."
You, breaking the circle,
You, taking the light.
You, you are the story I should write
I have to write!
If you drove an R.V., that wouldn't matter!
If you like to drink blood, I think it's cute.
If you've got a powerful connection to your firearm collection,
I'd say, Draw a bead and shoot!
I'm your Hebrew slave, at your service!
Just tell me what to do!
I say, Hey hey hey hey!
I've been waiting for someone,
I've been praying for someone,
I think that I could be in love with someone
Like You!
Blackout.

OS LTIMO CINCO ANOS (Jason Robert Brown)


(THE LAST FIVE YEARS)

Cena III:
See Im Smiling
CATHERINE
I guess I can't believe you really came
And that we're sitting on this pier.
See, I'm smiling
That means I'm happy that you're here.
I stole this sweater from a costume shop
It makes me look like Daisy Mae.
See, we're laughing
I think we're gonna be okay.
I mean, we'll have to try a little harder.
And bend things to and fro
To make this love as special
As it was five years ago.
I mean, you made it to Ohio!
Who knows where else we can go?
I think you're really gonna like this show.
I'm pretty sure it doesn't suck.
See, you're laughing, and I'm smiling,
By a river in Ohio
And you're mine
We're doing fine.
Cinco anos mais cedo, logo aps o primeiro
encontro Luzes no JAMIE, est ao telefone
no seu estdio (casa), um pouco nervoso, a
ligar para uma agente literria.
JAMIE
Ol, estou a ligar para a Sra. Whitfield. Sim, o meu nome Jamie Wellerstein, e o meu
professor na Colmbia disse que tinha ligado e Sim, Dr. Adler. Certo. Oh, sim. Quero
dizer s um rascunho, mas eu penso que est, sabe, a chegar a No importa. Bem,
oia, eu no sei pelos agentes, o Dr. Adler simplesmente sugeriu Est bem. Vou
deixar a em pessoa ou Uh, sim, deixarei no correio ento, isso fantstico. No, est
tudo bem, obrigado. Qual a morada?
As luzes diminuem no JAMIE.
CATHERINE
I think we both can see what could be better
I'll own when I was wrong.
With all we've had to go through,
We'll end up twice as strong.
And so we'll start again this weekend,
And just keep rolling along
OS LTIMO CINCO ANOS (Jason Robert Brown)
(THE LAST FIVE YEARS)

A expresso dela muda O JAMIE acabou de


lhe dizer que se vai embora amanh.
CATHERINE(cont.)
I didn't know you had to go so soon.
I thought we had a little time
Look, whatever, if you have to,
Then you have to, so whatever.
It's all right
We'll have tonight.
De volta ao JAMIE umas semanas mais tarde.
Luz aumenta quando ele atende o telefone.
JAMIE
Estou? Eu sou. Oh, Sra. Whitfield, prazer ouvir notcias suas. E uma surpresa. Oh, a
senhora leu-o. Fantstico, isso Muito obrigado, isso muito importante para mim.
Sim, eu tenho mesmo vinte e trs anos. Claro, quando lhe for conveniente. Tera-feira,
perfeito, s 9h00, l estarei. Estou ansioso por conhec-la, Sra. Whitfield. Muito bem,
Linda, obrigado. Obrigado, est incrvel.
Luzes diminuem quando ele desliga a
chamada.
CATHERINE
You know what makes me crazy?
I'm sorry, can I say this?
You know what makes me nuts?
The fact that we could be together,
Here together,
Sharing our night, spending our time,
And you are gonna choose someone else to be with no, you are.
Yes, Jamie, that's exactly what you're doing:
You could be here with me,
Or be there with them
As usual, guess which you pick!
No, Jamie, you do not have to go to another party
With the same twenty jerks you already know
You could stay with your wife on her fucking birthday
And you could, God forbid, even see my show
And I know in your soul it must drive you crazy
That you won't get to play with your little girlfriends
No, I'm not, no I'm not! And the point is, Jamie,
That you can't spend a single day
That's not about

OS LTIMO CINCO ANOS (Jason Robert Brown)


(THE LAST FIVE YEARS)

CATHERINE(cont.)
You and you and nothing but you.
Mahvelous novelist, you!
Isn't he wonderful, just twenty-eight!
The savior of writing!
You and you and nothing but you
Miles and piles of you,
Pushing through windows and bursting through walls
En route to the sky!
And I...
I swear to God I'll never understand
How you can stand there straight and tall
And see I'm crying,
And not do anything at all
As luzes aumentam do lado do JAMIE. Ele
est perplexo mas no est triste, enquanto
marca um nmero.
As luzes continuam do lado da CATHERINE
por algum tempo, enquanto ela continua a
chorar, e desvanecem durante a chamada do
JAMIE.
JAMIE
Rob? Sim, ouve. Sabes que a minha renda est a terminar? Sabes que eu quero um
apartamento novo? E se eu te dissesse que vou arranjar um com a Cathy? Rob? Sim, eu
estou a daqui a cinco minutos.

OS LTIMO CINCO ANOS (Jason Robert Brown)


(THE LAST FIVE YEARS)

Cena IV:
Moving Too Fast
JAMIE
Did I just hear an alarm start ringing?
Did I see sirens go flying past?
Though I don't know what tomorrow's bringing,
I've got a singular impression things are moving too fast.
I'm gliding smooth as a figure skater,
I'm riding hot as a rocket blast
I just expected it ten years later.
I've got a singular impression things are moving too fast.
And you say, "Oh, no,
Step on the brakes,
Do whatever it takes,
But stop this train!
Slow, slow! The light's turning red!"
But I say: No! No!
Whatever I do,
I barrel on through.
And I don't complain.
No matter what I try, I'm flying full speed ahead!
I'm never worried to walk the wire.
I won't do anything just "half-assed,"
But with the stakes getting somewhat higher,
I've got a singular impression things are moving too fast.
I found a woman I love,
And I found an agent who loves me
Things might get bumpy, but
Some people analyze every detail,
Some people stall when they can't see the trail,
Some people freeze out of fear that they'll fail,
But I keep rollin' on.
Some people can't get success with their art,
Some people never feel love in their heart,
Some people can't tell the two things apart,
But I keep rollin' on.
Oh, oh - maybe I can't follow through,
But oh, oh - what else am I supposed to do?
As luzes aumentam na CATHERINE, numa
chamada. Durante a chamada, ela muito
consciente e usa a sua voz profissional.
OS LTIMO CINCO ANOS (Jason Robert Brown)
(THE LAST FIVE YEARS)

10

CATHERINE
Estou, daqui fala a Catherine Hyatt, estou a ligar para o Mike Stelmer obrigada. (ELA
est em espera.) Ol, Mike, a Cathy Hyatt no, no vou demorar muito, peo
desculpa se estou a interromper. Bem, duas coisas estava s a verificar se recebeste as
crticas que eu enviei deste vero sim, recebi alguma boa notoriedade do jornais
locais. Pensei que fosses gostar disso. Sim, eu posso enviar isso de novo, claro. E bem,
a outra coisa, , tu sabes, s para saber se por acaso viste algo para o qual me queiras
enviar, sinto que estou num patamar muito bom neste momento Sim, sim, assim o
farei, assim que estiver a fazer alguma coisa na cidade, certificar-me-ei de que sabes
disso Oh, claro, eu compreendo. Obrigado pela ateno, Mike volto a ligar em
breve!
ELA, segura o telefone na mo, a tentar no
se sentir rejeitada, e depois coloca o telefone
no carregador.
JAMIE
I dreamed of writing like the high and mighty
Now I'm the subject of a bidding war!
I met my personal Aphrodite
I'm doing things I never dreamed of before!
We start to take the next step together
Found an apartment on Seventy-Third!
The Atlantic Monthly's printing my first chapter
Two thousand bucks without rewriting one word!
I left Columbia and I don't regret it
I wrote a book and Sonny Mehta read it!
My heart's been stolen!
My ego's swollen!
I just keep rollin' along!
And I think Well, well, what else is in store?
Got all this and more
Before twenty-four!
It's hard not to be sure I'm spinning out of control!
Out of control!
I'm feeling panicked and rushed and hurried!
I'm feeling outmaneuvered and outclassed,
But I'm so happy I can't get worried
About this singular impression
I've got a singular impression things are moving too fast!

OS LTIMO CINCO ANOS (Jason Robert Brown)


(THE LAST FIVE YEARS)