The Last Five Years

April 26 — June 22, 2014
In the Ellyn Bye Studio

Written and composed by Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Nancy Keystone

An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in love. The title is not only a reference to their relationship, but also a call to the structure of the play itself, with the element of time folding in on itself and echoing the sometimes disorienting quality of love. Cathy tells her story of the courtship backwards, while Jamie tells his story chronologically. Will these two manage to hold on to their prize?

Performance times:
Tuesday - Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Thursday matinees at noon

View our Season Calendar for a full list of performances and dates.

The estimated run time is 90 minutes with no intermission. As usual with Studio productions, there will be no late seating.

Read the cast and creative team bios.

View The Last Five Years playbill.

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Note: Most productions at PCS are recommended for high school age and up; children under 6 are not permitted.

Performance Times

Evenings: Tuesday - Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.,
Thursdays at noon

*Note: These are general performance times. Certain productions may have exceptions. View the season calendar for more information.

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Production blog



20 June 2014 & Posted by Alice Hodge

As The Last Five Years comes to a close, we reflect on the incredible panoply that is la haute couture de Drew Harper.


“The Last Five Years”: Sublime for audiences. A kick in the pants for performers.

23 May 2014 & Posted by Claudie Fisher

Are the roles of Cathy and Jaime in The Last Five Years the two most grueling vocal parts in contemporary musical theater? It just might be true. Here’s your chance to sample of the music and decide for yourself.


The Dream Team: Merideth & Drew

22 May 2014 & Posted by Alice Hodge

Over the past season of theater in Portland, The Last Five Years stars Merideth Kaye Clark and Drew Harper have starred together three times, been married twice and formed one impressive musical theater dream team. More


Art and photography for The Last Five Years. View on Flickr »

Reviews and Features

Grant Butler | The Oregonian [Review 05 May 2014]

Portland Center Stage’s The Last 5 Years deftly balances heartbreak with humor

“Stars Merideth Kaye Clark and Drew Harper are equally strong as Cathy and Jamie, with beautiful voices that wring out the essence of Brown’s ballads, while exhibiting plenty of spirit in the uptempo numbers.

“This production of The Last 5 Years uses the versatility of the black-box studio space to smart advantage. The runway-like stage stretches through the middle of the theater, with the audience split up on two sides, increasing the drama’s intimacy. Also an important presence is pianist Eric Little, who masterfully plays Brown’s music from behind a screen at one end of the stage, cementing another bond between the characters.”

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Allison Jones | Portland Monthly [Review 05 May 2014]

PCS’s The Last Five Years: Not Just for Superfans

“Stop holding your breath for the upcoming movie adaptation! This is the live production of The Last Five Years you’ve been waiting for. ...

“The best reason to see the production? The conversations that will happen after the show is over. Stick around any group of people exposed to the musical and you’ll open up a Pandora’s box of philosophy about love, youth, infidelity, gender roles, and success.”

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Win Goodbody | Portland Theatre Scene [Review 05 May 2014]

The Last 5 Years at Portland Center Stage delivers a convincing story of love and breakup in novel dramatic form.

“Meredith Kaye Clark and Drew Harper are superb in this creatively told, sad tale. On different trajectories, the two characters’ narratives – like their lives – pass each other by but only briefly intersect. Brown’s simple but profound dramatic structure makes the show.”

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