2022/2023 Season

The Late Wedding

By Christopher Chen
Directed by Peter Glazer

November 17–20, 2022
Zellerbach Playhouse


The Late Wedding is a sharp, witty, and seductive journey into life, love, and the rituals that keep things interesting. Along the way, we encounter some unique relationships, a spy thriller, and a rocket hurtling through space, ending on a lunar beach and the promised nuptials… maybe.

Inspired by the writings of fabulist Italo Calvino, this provocative and unpredictable play by TDPS alum Christopher Chen (Obie Award-winner for Caught) celebrates the potent magic and mystery of theater.

"The Late Wedding" by Christopher Chen

Art by Saira Brown

Performances

  • Thursday, November 17, 2022 — 8pm
  • Friday, November 18, 2022 — 8pm (with post-show discussion)
  • Saturday, November 19, 2022 — 2pm
  • Saturday, November 19, 2022 — 8pm
  • Sunday, November 20, 2022 — 2pm

Post-Show Discussion

Join us after the performance on Friday, November 18 for a discussion between playwright Christopher Chen and Philip Kan Gotanda, TDPS professor of playwriting.

Event Details

Ticket Sales: Online ticket sales end 2 hours before each performance. Tickets are available at the door of Zellerbach Playhouse beginning 1 hour before each performance.

Running Time: Approx. 95 minutes (no intermission)

Audience Advisories: If you have any questions about content or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog), please email tdpsboxoffice@berkeley.edu

COVID Protocols: All guests are required to wear an appropriate, properly-fitting mask while inside the performance venue.

Additional information for guests is available here.


Critical Acclaim

"[A] provocative one-act composed with a unique theatrical structure... a swirling nebula of magical notions put down in a contemporary world." —DC Metro Theatre Arts

"A comic, dramatic inquiry into human relationships—between lovers or spouses; between playwright and audience—[The Late Wedding] is another of Chen's slyly metatheatrical, blissfully funny, whiplash-smart creations..." —SF Gate


Christopher Chen, Playwright

Christopher Chen, Playwright

Christopher Chen is a San Francisco–based playwright whose works examine the hidden psychological patterns beneath complex systems of power. Chen combines naturalism and the absurd within shifting kaleidoscopic structures. His plays include Caught (Play Company, InterAct Theatre), The Headlands (LCT3/Lincoln Center), Passage (Soho Rep., Wilma Theater), The Hundred Flowers Project (Crowded Fire Theater), and You Mean to Do Me Harm (SF Playhouse). Chen holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MFA in playwriting from San Francisco State University.

Professor Peter Glazer

Peter Glazer, Director

Professor Glazer is a professional director and playwright whose plays, adaptations, collaborations and directing projects include Woody Guthrie’s American Song (Bay Area Drama Critics award, with Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations Off-Broadway and Joseph Jefferson Award winner in Chicago), O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music (Delaware Theater Co.), Michael, Margaret, Pat & Kate (Marin Theater Co., Victory Gardens Theater), Measure for MeasureSeven LearsMurder of Crows, and Marisol (UC Berkeley), Heart of Spain and Foe (UC Berkeley and Northwestern University). His most recent project is an adaptation of Karen Shepard’s historical novel The Celestials as a resident artist at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.