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A play by Charles L. Mee
Directed by Christopher Herold

November 16–19, 2023
Zellerbach Playhouse

Wintertime explores the joy, pathos, and vast power of love—with its capacity to both save and destroy us. Set in an idyllic woodland vacation home just before New Year's Eve, the play follows four couples (and some unexpected guests) as they struggle with their hopes, disappointments, passions, and each other. Written by visionary playwright, historian, and author Charles Mee, and with echoes of Chekhov, Magritte, Shakespeare, and Feydeau, Wintertime is a masterpiece of explosive theatricality and comedic delight.

Critical Acclaim for Wintertime

"The wisdom of love, the anguish of love, foolishness, jealousy, absurdity, boredom and infinite delight—all the things that make love indispensable and impossible come into play in Charles L. Mee's wacky, elegant and amazingly buoyant Wintertime." (Lawrence Christon, Variety)

"Charles L. Mee is a master of absurd juxtapositions, a zany theatrical collage that spins wildly from farce to tragedy!" (Karen D’Souza, Bay Area News Group)

"The play acquires a dazzling originality in the way it assembles its effects from so many sources. It’s a rip-roaring comedy that becomes an intellectual high-wire act." (Don Shirley, The Los Angeles Times)

Plan Your Visit


Buy tickets online at up to two hours before each performance. Buy tickets in-person at Zellerbach Playhouse beginning one hour before each performance.


Audience Advisories:

Wintertime includes adult content, scenes with loud noises, and references to suicide. If you have questions about content or stage effects, please email

Masking Guidelines:

  • In line with University Health Services guidelines, we are currently not requiring guests to be masked at our events.
  • However, the CDC recommends masking in crowded indoor settings, and we support and respect each patron’s choice to wear a mask if that is their preference. 
  • Please remain vigilant in protecting the health of our shared space by staying home if you are feeling unwell.
  • Masking requirements are subject to change depending on public health conditions and University policies.


To request wheelchair accessible seating, assisted listening devices, large print programs, or other accommodations, please contact us at least 7–10 days in advance: or 510-642-8827

Arrival & Doors:

Please plan to arrive on campus 30–40 minutes prior to an event to ensure that you are in your seat before showtime. The lobby opens 30 minutes prior to the performance, and the theater opens 20 minutes prior to the performance.

Additional information for guests is available here.

Post-Show Discussion

Join us after the performance on Friday, November 17 for a conversation with members of the creative team. Open to all ticketholders.