Five Frickin Winters

Sliding into Seniorhood

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Comedy for a cast of six and ideal for community theatre, ages 14+.


The paths of six intriguing characters intersect as they navigate the unpredictable and challenging twists and turns of aging. On the slide into seniorhood, they encounter relationships and experiences, some painful, some sensual, and some just downright silly. When all is said and done, will they find that life has left them with anything more than simple memories?


MATT Male, 40s – 50s; devil-may-care industrial-organizational psychologist with a sensitive side. Walt’s son.
VALERIE Female, 40s; confident and presumptuous neuropsychologist and professor. Sherry’s niece.
SHERRY Female, 60s; recently retired high school Spanish teacher; determined to succeed in first community theatre acting experience.
WALT Male, late 60s – 70s; retired professor of Latin American history and resident of Nob Hill Manor; refined and nattily dressed.
BONNIE Female, 60s; a legend in the local community theatre scene; vivacious, provocative, and at times outrageous; an open book.
EDDY Male, late 60s – 70s; retired plumber and Nob Hill Manor resident where he relishes a well-deserved reputation as a lothario.
AIRPORT ANNOUNCER Recorded with doubling, the offstage voice announcing flights over intercom.
STAGE MANAGER Recorded with doubling, the offstage voice prompting actors over intercom.

Production History

August 2023 Staged Reading, West Bend Theatre Company, West Bend, Wisconsin.
March 2022 Staged Reading, Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
September 2021 Staged Production, Shawnee Playhouse, Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania.

Commentary from Theatregoers and Readers

I laughed so hard, I about fell out of my chair!
Brilliantly created characters. I found myself laughing with them, smiling with them, and crying with them.
A fun, smart, and touching adventure filled with unexpected twists, poignant revelations, and such a great surprise ending.
I didn’t want to say goodbye to these funny, flawed characters.
A charming romantic comedy with truly funny one-liners.
I was hooked from the opening scene.
Ruyle’s got a gift for creating roles for mature actors and putting them in fascinating situations.