The Last Five Years

Runs Jan 29Feb 14, 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 14 at 11:45pm PT

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.

NOTE: THE LAST FIVE YEARS replaces our previously announced January title MEN ON BOATSTHE LAST FIVE YEARS will be filmed live on stage at the Lucie Stern Theater  in compliance with county and state COVID-19 production guidelines.


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

THE LAST FIVE YEARS will be filmed live on stage and available as an on-demand video stream. You can watch THE LAST FIVE YEARS on your schedule, from January 29 at 12am PT through February 14 at 11:45pm PT. Your ticket purchase confirmation will include a video access link and code to view the on-demand performance. Each access ticket purchase is per-device. 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 13 and 14.

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.

Tickets access codes are non-transferrable and cannot be shared between 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


  • 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

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The player will attempt to auto choose the resolution based on your internet speed. If you are experiencing buffering, click on the gear icon of the player and lower the resolution of the stream.

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.

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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