The Last Five Years

Runs Jan 29Feb 21, 2021
Book, Music & Lyrics By:Jason Robert Brown
Approximate Running Time:90 minutes (no intermission)
Age RecommendationAge 16 and up
Ticket Price:Pay-What-You-Choose $25, $40, $50, or $100 per household
Show Access:On-demand video stream from January 29 at 12am PT through February 21 at 11:45pm PT

Due to popular demand, this show has been extended to February 21, 2021

From their first hello to their final goodbye, this intimate and alluring musical by modern theatre icon Jason Robert Brown chronicles the five year relationship of a young couple whose path takes them in different directions – in more ways than one.  Jamie, a budding novelist, tells his version of their relationship in chronological order, while Cathy, an aspiring actress, tells hers in reverse, with the two meeting only once through the show’s 14 melodic, haunting, and sometimes hilarious songs, at the moment of their marriage. THE LAST FIVE YEARS takes an honest look at themes that can define a modern relationship: success, sacrifice, jealousy, infidelity, miscommunication, and, most importantly, time.


  • Cathy: Marah Sotelo
  • Jamie: Chris Sotelo

Production Team

  • Director: Patrick Klein
  • Vocal Director: Dolores Duran-Cefalu
  • Technical Director, Production Manager & Set Designer: Scott Ludwig
  • Lighting Designer: Abby May
  • Master Electrician & Light Board Programmer: Henry Wilen
  • Sound Designer: Jeff Grafton
  • Videographer: Grant Huberty

NOTE: THE LAST FIVE YEARS replaces our previously announced January title MEN ON BOATSTHE LAST FIVE YEARS was filmed on stage at the Lucie Stern Theater in compliance with county and state COVID-19 production guidelines for ‘Livestreaming, Broadcasting, and Recording with No Audience Present.’

Recognizing the ongoing pandemic and to keep theatre accessible to all during this time, we are offering on-demand streaming tickets to THE LAST FIVE YEARS on a ‘pay-what-you-choose’ tier, with four price levels, from $25-$100.  With every ticket purchase you directly support the actors, creative team, and staff for this production, and ensure that Palo Alto Players can remain a vital part of this community when we can welcome you back in person.


Starting 1/29/21, visit and enter your access code, using the device you’d like to watch from.

Your ticket purchase is per-device. The email confirmation includes a video access link and code to view the on-demand performance. Can’t find your access code? Search email (including spam & junk folders) for the message titled ShowTix4U – Ticket Information, from [email protected].

THE LAST FIVE YEARS is viewable as an on-demand video stream which you can watch on your schedule, anytime from January 29 at 12am PT through February 21 at 11:45pm PT. Access codes are valid for 48 hours from the first time they are entered/used. Note: The watch period is reduced for tickets bought or used February 20 and 21.

Closed captioning is included in the on-demand steam. It can be disabled by clicking the “CC” icon when the video is played.

Tickets access codes are non-transferrable and cannot be re-used on multiple devices.

You can  gift the show  to a friend by simply buying access for a second device and forwarding that on. 

For questions about buying tickets or accessing the performance, email us at [email protected].

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Watch the Teaser Trailer

Start with love, hopes and dreams…add the tangled consequences of choices that come from them. Infuse the haunting melodies of Tony winner Robert Jason Brown, and you’ve got The Last Five Years. Trailer created and edited by lead actor Christopher J. Sotelo, with illustrations by Natalie Long.

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Enhance Your Theater Experience

To make your night extra special, may we suggest treating yourself (and a friend!) to this show and dinner? Here are two DoorDashable* menus curated by Palo Alto Players especially for this production of The Last Five Years:

“Two Creatives in New York” Menu
A celebratory night on the town that is quite a step up from Jamie’s “handful after handful of Doritos”! Available from Terun.

Grilled Romaine Salad
Eggplant Polpette
Quattro Stagioni Wood-Fired Pizza
Caramel Gelato with Sea Salt and Olive Oil


“Cathy and Jamie’s Date Night” Menu
Cathy and Jamie are played by real-life couple Marah and Chris Sotelo, who shared their favorite date night foods for you to enjoy! Available from Dohatsuten Ramen & Tapas

Asahi’s Chashu Ramen
White Tuna Tataki
Hokkaido Pumpkin Croquette
Mochi Ice Cream


*Did you know that DoorDash makes it possible to gift specific food orders to friends? Simply enter your friend’s address and delivery time, then load up the online cart with one of these menus. Months into this pandemic, you’ll surprise and delight someone with this ready-to-go, complete theatre night in!
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