The Last Two People On Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville
A.R.T. Season
May 12 - May 31, 2015
Tremendously talented musical-theater performers with megawatt stage presences
The New York Times

Starring Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac
Direction & Choreography by Susan Stroman

It’s the end of the world as we know it. A flood of biblical proportions leaves us with only two people on Earth who discover their common language is song and dance. Together they chronicle the rise and fall and hopeful rise again of humankind through music that runs the gamut from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim, and R.E.M. to Queen. The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville is presented in association with Staci Levine Groundswell Theatricals.

Standing Room Tickets
A very limited number of standing room tickets for select sold-out shows (not including the final performance on May 31) will be sold on the day of each show, in person only and only 1 ticket per person, from A.R.T. Ticket Services. The Ticket Office opens at 12PM.


The A.R.T. is pleased to partner with local artists for the lobby exhibit inspired by the work on stage. Curated by Gretjen Helene and co-designed by Johnathan Carr, the Lobby Experience for The Last Two People On Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville features an interactive installation created by new media artists Cindy Sherman Bishop and Martha Bourne that imagines the future of Boston as sea levels rise. Our lobby will open at 7PM, so patrons have time to explore the interactive installation. Click here to learn more about the project and the artists who created it or click here to view photos from the installation.

#LastTwoPeopleART    @americanrep

Creative team
Conceived by Paul Ford, Taylor Mac, Mandy Patinkin, Susan Stroman
Musical Director / Conductor / Arrangements / Orchestrations Paul Ford
Direction / Choreography Susan Stroman
Set Design Beowulf Boritt
Costume Design William Ivey Long
Lighting Design Ken Billington
Sound Design Daniel J. Gerhard
Tour Production Supervisor

Production Core

Production Stage Manager Jason Brouillard
Tour Press and Marketing

C Major Marketing

Executive Producer

Groundswell Theatricals, Inc

Exclusive Tour Direction AWA Partners
Producer The Dodgers, Staci Levine
General Manager for Groundswell Tim Hurley
Piano Paul Ford

Grant Sturiale


James Mack

Additional staff
Assistant Stage Manager Bernita Robinson
Associate Choreographer James Gray
Associate Scenic Designer

Alex Distler

Assistant Scenic Design

Jason Lajka

Associate Costume Design

Paul Spadone

William Ivey Long Studio Director

Donald Sanders

Lighting Supervisor

Mike Billings

Associate Lighting Designer

Anthony Pearson

Sound Mixer

Ellen Fitton

Synth Programmer

James Harp

Spot Ops

John Borecki, RJ Lamura

Tour Photographer

Paul Kolnik

Legal Counsel

M. Graham Coleman, Davis, Wright, Tremaine, LLP

Production Management


James Cleveland, Chasmin Hallyburton, Jared Goldstein, S.M. Payson, Dave Upton


Special Thanks

Victoria Traube, Scott Taylor, Scott Bishop, Tara Young, Shelley Carter, Rachel Chavkin

The singular talents of Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac — yes, you read that correctly — combine to delightful effect in “The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville,” the weird and weirdly transfixing entertainment having its premiere here at American Repertory Theater. More

The singular talents of Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac — yes, you read that correctly — combine to delightful effect in “The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville,” the weird and weirdly transfixing entertainment having its premiere here at American Repertory Theater. More

Patinkin and Mac share a wonderful chemistry. They’re like chalk and cheese, their differences in demeanor and energy contrasting nicely and bringing out the best in one another. The program notes tell us that Patinkin and Mac came up with the show when they realized they liked a lot of the same music. More

One is a bouncy bald guy in a bowler hat, eager to please. The other is a scraggy bearded fellow hiding in a trunk, resigned to solitude. They are the last two people on Earth, and they meet on a scrap of land that has survived a flood of global warming proportions. Somehow, they need to connect, despite their differences in temperament and their inability to communicate through anything but song. More

DOUBLE UP: Taylor Mac and Mandy Patinkin make a great comedic team in ‘The Last Two People on Earth.’ More

When a flood of epic proportions wipes out all but two scraggly survivors, played by Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac, there is very little left for them to do but sing and dance. In fact, that's pretty much all they do as THE LAST TWO PEOPLE ON EARTH. More

As the REM song goes, “It’s the end of the world as we know it — and I feel fine.” But for the two mismatched characters in “The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville,” life isn’t so free and easy — at least not at first —  as they deal with their last-man-standing status with song, dance and schtick. Existential angst is here performed by appealing opposites Mandy Patinkin and downtown performance artist Taylor Mac. The odd coupling works well, each playing to his own strengths in this musical two-hander that starts off twee but ends up terrific. The show will please both artists’ camps and looks promising for future engagements, but whether it crosses over to the mainstream will depend on theatergoers’ attraction to high concept and low comedy. More

Patinkin and Mac play the two survivors of a flood of biblical (or global warming) proportions. Gaining each others’ trust through their common language — song and dance numbers — the pair run through a wild range: Rodgers and Hammerstein to R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine).” More

A savvy theatergoer could be forgiven for supposing that the only circumstance in which Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac would create a show together would be if the two theater artists, each with very different bodies of work, were the last two people on earth. More

“It is a vaudeville, but within that vaudeville, it’s about two people coming together and understanding each other’s quirks and personality,” says Susan Stroman, the show’s director. “Two people who, being alone, ultimately know that the only way they will survive now is if they get along.” More

Press Releases

The A.R.T. Lobby Experience will feature PastPort Interactive
The American Repertory Theater presents the world premiere of The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville with Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac, Direction and Choreography by Susan Stroman on May 12-31, 2015.


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Ticket prices

Tickets from $25

Run time

80 minutes with no intermission.


64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets: 617.547.8300

Administrative Office: 617.495.2668


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Need to know

This production utilizes strobe effects, racial epithets, and some sexual themes.

Age Appropriateness

Ages 12 and up/6th Grade and up
The production's style references historical vaudeville performance, and the music includes some of the more obscure entries in the Great American Songbook alongside more modern pop songs. The production's surreal and silly humor is suitable for theatergoers middle school-aged and up.
In consultation with the ASL team for the A.R.T., it was determined that the auditory nature of the vaudeville performance of The Last Two People On Earth made it not amenable to ASL translation. In lieu of the ASL interpreted performances on Tuesday, May 19 at 7:30PM and Sunday, May 24 at 2PM, open captioning will be provided for The Last Two People On Earth on Sunday, May 24 at 2PM.
Open Captioning Open Captioned
May 24, 2PM

Audio Described

May 20, 7:30PM & May 23, 2PM


Assistive Listening Devices
Large Print Programs

Performance sponsors:

The A.R.T. is proud to be a part of the Blue Star Theatres network. US military personnel, military veterans and their families can receive up to four (4) tickets to The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville at $5 off regular ticket price.


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