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The Last Five Years

Written and Composed by

Originally Produced for the New York stage by Arielle Tepper and Marty Bell
Originally Produced by Northlight Theatre

Direction & Musical Direction by Jordan Cooper

This is a bittersweet, intense, and intimate tale of a brief relationship between two artists. We are specifically seeking talented and diverse queer individuals to portray the lead roles in this production. We have a unique opportunity to explore the complexities of queer relationships, which allows us to offer a fresh take on this story while maintaining the esteemed reputation of the original material.

The Last Five Years is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTI.shows

This show contains mature themes related to sexuality and gender, inferred strong language and innuendo, suggestive depictions of intimate acts, and some violence.


Near West Theatre is committed to authentically casting to ensure that all marginalized groups are represented. 


  • You must be 21 years of age to audition for this production.
  • Audition dates are scheduled for Thursday, July 6th & Friday, July 7th, from 7 PM to 10 PM.
  • Our audition process involves group work, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Auditioners do not need a headshot or resume, and no preparation is required as all necessary materials are provided at the audition. Simply come as you are, in clothes comfortable for movement, and be ready to engage with your peers.
  • Callbacks will be Saturday, July 8th.  The time is from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. You will be notified the night of your audition if you need to attend callbacks.


  • Cast members are expected to make rehearsals a priority in the 7 weeks this show rehearses and for the 6 performances. 
  • Any known rehearsal or performance conflicts need to be communicated to the Stage Manager and/or Director immediately at this audition.
  • All final conflicts must be turned in upon casting.


  • The first week of rehearsals will be Sunday, July 30th - Wednesday, August 2nd. 
  • General rehearsal days for The Last Five Years will be on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (depending on conflicts). 
  • Due to the intimate nature of the cast size, rehearsal days and times are subject to change to accommodate individual schedules.
  • Generally, rehearsals are Sunday, from 12 PM to 8 PM (Typically a four-hour range that will vary depending on conflicts), Monday – Thursday 7 PM to 10 PM. A production calendar will be handed out at the first rehearsal.
  • Closer to the opening of the show, typically tech week, rehearsals may be extended on some days but they will not run past 11:00 PM.
  • You may be a part of the Dry Tech Rehearsal on Saturday, September 9th, usually scheduled from 12 PM – 8 PM.
  • Sunday, September 10th is Marathon Sunday, an extended rehearsal from 12 PM to 10 PM for all cast, staff, and crew.  A potluck supper is organized and scheduled for this date. This is the first working tech rehearsal.  Costumes, lighting, props, and special effects will be incorporated this week. 
  • Monday – Thursday, September 11th – 14th, are all mandatory rehearsals.  Cast, crew, and staff are expected to be at the theater from 6 PM to 11 PM on each of these days. 


  • Cast members must be at the theater on Fridays and Saturdays, at 6:00 PM, and on Sundays at 12:30 PM.
  • Performances are September 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24.  There are no Thursday performances for this production.
  • Curtain times are Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2 PM.  


Thursday, July 6, 7 PM to 10 PM
Friday, July 7, 7 PM to 10 PM

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