The Last Session

by  Steve Schalchlin, Jim Brochu, Marie Cain

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m, 2f

"Exquisite." - N.Y. Times.

"Very affecting.... Bright and funny." - N.Y. Post.

"Funny [with] charm and power." -N.Y. Daily News.

"The script is full of biting humor [and] the music is incredible.... Guaranteed to move you both musi…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Cast of five. A "hilarious and heartbreaking" Off Broadway sensation and cult hit, The Last Session gathers singers and an offstage engineer in a recording studio to record a new pop/gospel album with an old friend, faded pop star, Gideon. But the mix is dramatically altered by the unexpected arrival by a Bible thumping, homophobic gospel singer. All of them are deeply connected to Gideon yet are unaware that he carries a big secret: that he plans to end his struggle with AIDS after the session. Harmony is restored through friendship and the power of music.
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Reviews

"Exquisite." - N.Y. Times

"The best AIDS inspired song I’ve heard in the last fifteen years is Going It Alone which closes the first act of The Last Session. It’s a heartbreaking outcry in a heart-mending show. Jim Brochu has created a comedy-drama wrenched from deep places within himself. - Village Voice

"Very affecting.... Bright and funny." - N.Y. Post

"Funny [with] charm and power." - N.Y. Daily News

"The Last Sessionis screamingly funny, yet love is everywhere. Written from the heart, Schalchlin’s gospel tinged pop tunes exert a rare emotional pull and Brochu‘s story telling allows them to emerge realistically out of the action. Again and again, a fierce drive takes overtakes the tunes melodic strains. It’s life taking hold again - hope rising on powerful wings. Critics Choice. - Los Angeles Times

"The script is full of biting humor [and] the music is incredible.... Guaranteed to move you both musically and emotionally." -MTV Online.

"Stirs every emotion in your body." - Outlook Magazine

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: 1996. One set. A recording studio in the basement of a home in Burbank, California. Can also be done on a bare stage with five microphones, three stools and a keyboard.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock, Country/Western, Folk
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

3m, 2f
Gideon -- 40s-ish, attractive former pop star. Has mellow soulful voice. Keyboard player. (Can be faked).

Vicki -- 40s-ish, attractive female with rock voice. Is now reduced to selling Mary Kay Cosmetics. Alto/mezzo.

Tryshia -- 40s-ish African American female with soul/gospel voice. Alto/mezzo.

Buddy -- Young 20s. Baptist evangelist singer. Innocent, sincere, sexy. Tenor. Modern gospel pop voice.

Jim -- Mostly unseen. Should be the same age as the other older characters. (Ideally, a bass/guitar player).

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting

Casting Notes

The lead character plays the keyboard, but the actor can fake that. It works best if the "producer" in the sound booth, Jim, plays guitar/bass.

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

6 Piano/Vocal Scores

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Authors

Steve Schalchlin

Steve Schalchlin

Jim Brochu

Jim Brochu is the only actor in America to have won the New York Drama Desk Award, the Washington, DC Helen Hayes Award, the Los Angeles Ovation Award and the South Florida Carbonell Award, all for Best Actor in a Play. He appeared on Broadway as Andrew McLaren in Brigadoon opposite Christine Ebersole and Len Cariou, i ...

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Marie Cain

Marie Cain

NEW YORK

Best Musical Nomination - New York Drama League

Best Musical Nomination - Outer Critics Circle

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