The Last Five Years
by Ground Floor Theatre

Dec. 01 - Dec. 18, 2022

An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years, the show’s unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.

“Deaf Austin Theatre is excited to be partnering with Ground Floor Theatre on -” said Dr. Brian Cheslik, Artistic Director, Deaf Austin Theatre. “Organizations that serve the underrepresented communities, such as GFT, have worked to provide a place to be ‘heard.’ We look forward to bringing another amazing production to the Austin community through American Sign Language.

Drama-Desk-award-winner The Last Five Years is Jason Robert Brown’s intimate window into a couple’s doomed marriage. Since its Off-Broadway premiere in 2002, Brown’s funny, poignant, and devastatingly honest two-character production has enraptured audiences around the world with its spellbinding and emotional score and libretto. This collaboration will be presented in both English and American Sign Language.

With direction by Lisa Scheps and Dr. Brian Cheslik, the production team includes music director Dr. Ellie Jarrett Shattles, choreography by Mervin P. O’Bryant, scenic design by Gary Thornsberry, lighting design by Amber Whatley, costume design by Desireé Humphries, graphic design by Erica Moreno along with Demetri Bellini as technical director, Sandra Mae Frank as ASL Master/DASL, and Kelsey Moringy as stage manager.

"I am so excited to bring this piece to GFT and doubly excited to be co-directing with Brian. Our concept for this show is going to leave folks talking for a long time…I can’t wait to see it on its feet," said Ground Floor Theatre Co-Artistic Director, Lisa Scheps.

Feature by Michael Barnes for the Austin American-Statesman, December 3, 2022

Feature by Michael Barnes for the Austin American-Statesman, December 8, 2022

Bob Abelman's Austin Chronicle review, December 8, 2022

Review of streamed performance, Young-Howze Theatre Journal, McKee, NJ, December 15, 2022



The Last Five Years
by Jason Robert Brown
Ground Floor Theatre

December 01 - December 18, 2022
Ground Floor Theatre
979 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX, 78702

Performances are December 2–18, 2022 at Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road, Suite 122, Austin, TX at the corner of Springdale and Airport.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday nights at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 5:00 PM. The “First Friday” performance on December 2 includes a reception.

One Wednesday industry performance on December 14 at 8:00 PM.

Ground Floor Theatre believes in “theatre for everyone” regardless of ability to pay, so tickets are always Pay What You Can. Suggested ticket prices are $30 for general admission and $50 for VIP. VIP seating includes a reserved seat, a glass of bubbly and the assurance of helping GFT keep the Pay What You Can policy. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at