It's not even fall, but Wintertime is over in Seattle and San Diego come Sept. 15. The new play by Charles L. Mee (Big Love, First Love) had two engagements lined up within days of each other — the world premiere, which began Aug. 13 at La Jolla Playhouse and a second staging at Seattle's ACT Theatre, beginning Aug. 16. Both productions end Sept. 15.
The La Jolla Wintertime, a co-production with Connecticut's Long Wharf Theatre, will then move east for a run kicking off in New Haven Oct. 2. Most of the La Jolla cast will remain with the Long Wharf production with the addition of Aimee Guillot, Mark Saturno and Mark Alan Gordon.
Wintertime is fashioned like a farce — three couples accidentally run into each other at a secluded country inn, where more than one partner was planning on taking the air and doing a little cheating on the sly. Wife Maria was hoping to meet her lover, while her husband Frank has brought along a boyfriend and her son Jonathan has invited his fiancee Ariel in order to propose to her. Pour into the mix a lesbian couple, a salesman-cum-deacon and a doctor who is sleeping with one of the three and comic chaos ensues.
Mee, a playwright, historian and editor, also penned Another Person is a Foreign Country, Trojan Women: A Love Story, The Berlin Circle (directed by Tina Landau), and Orestes. His recent Vienna: Lusthaus extended at New York Theatre Workshop, closing July 21.
In La Jolla, Wintertime features Obie Award winner Randy Danson (Mad Forest, NYSF's A Winter's Tale) as Maria, Francois Giroday as her lover, Nicholas Hormann (Making It) as her husband Frank, Tom Nelis as his lover, Daoud Heidami as Maria and Frank's son, Emily Donahoe as his fiancee, Lola Pashalinski (Broadway's Fortune's Fool) and Lauren Klein (Big Love) as the lesbian couple, Bruce McKenzie as the salesman and Michi Barall as the doctor. The Seattle cast is Michael A. Newcomer, Sarah Grace Wilson, Robert Dorfman, Suzanne Grodner, Daniel Oreskes, Timothy McCuen Piggee, Beth Andrisevic, Laura Kenny, Liz McCarthy and Paul Morgan Stetler.
For information the La Jolla run, call (858) 550-1010 or visit http://www.lajollaplayhouse.com. For information on the ACT Theatre run, call (206) 292-ARTS or visit http://www.acttheatre.org . For information on the Long Wharf Theatre run, call (203) 787-4282 or visit http://www.longwharf.org.
— By Christine Ehren