The Last Five Years 

Actor's Playhouse -Dec 2012

Director: David Arisco

Scenic Designer: Sean McClelland

Technical Director: Gene Seyfer

Charge Artist: Sean McClelland

Lighting Designer: Patrick Tennent

Costume Designer: Ellis Tillman

Sound Designer: Alexander Herrin

Visual Design Concept

The two character's lives are dropped into water causing their life ripples to intersect through time.  Time ticking, represented by a center stage sculptural hour glass waterfall, and a timeline represented by floral arrangements from SR to SL.  These florals are the flowers given to Cathy by Jamie through their relationship and dried by Cathy.  They start full and bountiful SR and become sparse SL. Surrounding the waterfall is a chuppah bringing the character's together at the height of their happiness before their story ripples  apart again.   

Reviews:

Joe Thomason: Miami New Times, December 9, 2012

"The Last Five Years delivers this high concept with grace, fluidity and nuance, starting with Sean McLelland’s ravishing set design, a tranquil space evoking the earthen tones of a spa. Other productions of The Last Five Years have favored a giant clock towering over the characters’ actions, but McLelland’s take is more artistic than literal, bisecting the stage’s symmetrical halves with a concave hourglass of flowing water. Patrick Tennent’s lighting design gives the entire space an ethereal blue glow.

On either side of the hourglass are rotating spheres that hold simple props and that move with the cycles of life. In stage right, everything is wonderful and new, and on stage left, everything is joyless and moribund."

 

Christine Dolen: Miami Herald, December 8, 2012

"Cathy and Jamie’s story is played out on designer Sean McClelland’s abstract set, a multi-level affair with small turntables. Painted with watery blue waves evoking a lake in Central Park, topped by a clear canopy with running water that stands in for a wedding chuppah, it is undeniably striking. Notice, though, a shelf circling the back, a shelf topped with vases holding flowers in various stages of decomposition. Given the subject of The Last Five Years, perhaps the set is really meant to be a mausoleum for a marriage."