American Sign Language and English LAST FIVE YEARS will be presented by the Ground Floor Theater and the Deaf Austin Theater

The Ground Floor Theater will collaborate with the Deaf Austin Theater to The last five years by Jason Robert Brown and led by GFT Co-Artistic Director Lisa Scheps and DAT Artistic Director Dr. Brian Cheslik from December 2-18, 2022 at the Ground Floor Theater. Tickets on sale now at

“The Deaf Austin Theater is thrilled to partner with the Ground Floor Theater for The Last Five Years,” said Dr. Brian Cheslik, Artistic Director of the Deaf Austin Theatre. “Organizations that serve 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.”

The winner of the Drama Desk The Last Five Years award is Jason Robert Brownintimate 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 thrilled audiences around the world with its hauntingly moving score and libretto. This collaboration will be presented in English and American Sign Language.

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

“I’m so excited to bring this piece to GFT and doubly excited to be co-directed with Brian. Our concept for this show is going to have people talking for a long time…I can’t wait to see it on its feet, “ said Ground Floor Theater co-artistic director Lisa Scheps.

The cast will be announced later.

The last five years | December 2 – 18, 2022

by Jason Robert Brown | Directed by Lisa Scheps and Dr. Brian Cheslik

Musical Direction by Dr. Ellie Jarrett Shattles | Choreography by Mervin P. O’Bryant | Stage design by Gary Thornsberry | Costume design by Desiree humphries | Lighting design by Amber Whatley | ASL/DASL Master Sandra Mae Frank

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

Performances will be held December 2-18, 2022 at the Ground Floor Theater, 979 Springdale Road, Suite 122, Austin, TX, corner of Springdale and the airport. Performances take place from Thursday to Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 5:00 p.m. The “First Friday” performance on December 2 includes a reception. An industry performance Wednesday on December 14 at 8:00 p.m. The Ground Floor Theater 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 champagne and the assurance of helping GFT comply with the Pay What You Can policy. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at

SEASON PASSES: Season Passes are available for the 2023 season. Season Passes are a way for customers to support GFT’s Pay What You Can policy by paying a little extra for tickets. Passes can be used as you wish – among all tickets for one show or spread over the whole season. Passes for the 2023 season (four shows), which will be announced shortly, are now available at $200 per pass. For more information or to purchase a season pass, please visit

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About the ground floor theatre:

Ground Floor Theater produces works focused on historically underrepresented communities. It serves as an incubator to foster and develop groundbreaking new works that shine a light on often overlooked groups. It is also a home for Austin’s theater community to come together and learn from each other to help Austin continue to excel as a leader in The National Theater community. For more information, visit

About Deaf Theater of Austin:

Deaf Austin Theater is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to enrich, inspire, educate, create and entertain the Austin community by producing live theater experiences in American Sign Language (ASL ), theater workshops and theater camps. For more information, visit