What are the factors that make a relationship dissolve? This topic is analyzed in Jason Robert Brown’s 2002 Off-Broadway musical, The Last Five Years. The story follows Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress, and Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, as they go through their five year relationship. The story is told through alternating solos, Cathy working backwards through the relationship and Jamie working forward, intersecting in time only once at their engagement. Love, loss, desperation and hope all come together as the audience journeys through The Last Five Years with Cathy and Jamie.