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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)

"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)

"A zany theatrical collage that spins wildly from farce to tragedy!" (Karen D’Souza, Bay Area News Group)