Directed by Christian Cox
March 13, 14, 19 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m.
The second week has been cancelled.
family feud match!
JIM STACY as King Henry II
CYNTHIA ULRICH as Eleanor of Aquitaine
SEAN BONNETTE as Richard Lionheart
KATIE FOX as Alais Capet
MICHAEL VOZNIAK as Geoffrey
VINCE GAUDIO as John
EMERSON MINOR as King Philip II
Dani Bohnke, Stage Manager
Tracy Lynch, Lighting Designer
George Barber, Sound Designer/Technician
Amanda Algee, Sound Technician
Robert Wolfe, Set Construction
Amelia Jones, Dramaturg
Sibling rivalry, adultery, and dungeons – The Lion in Winter, by James Goldman, is a modern-day classic, reminiscent of Shakespeare. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action – the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family, who are locked in a free-for-all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom.
The queen, and wealthiest woman in the world, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has been kept in prison since raising an army against her husband, King Henry II. Let out only for holidays, the play centers around the inner conflicts of the royal family as they fight over both a kingdom and King Henry’s paramour during Christmas of 1183. As Eleanor says, “Every family has its ups and downs,” and this royal family is no exception.
Fox TV’s drama Empire is explicitly based on The Lion in Winter and the play also carries the flavor of HBO’s Game of Thrones.