The Lion in Winter

Performances:

Apr 15 – May 21, 2016
Thurs – Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2pm
Additional performance Monday, May 9 at 7pm
Athenaeum Theatre Studio 2
2936 N. Southport

Considered a modern-day classic, The Lion in Winter is James Goldman’s 1966 play about sibling rivalries, distribution of wealth and power, and the elusive quality of love. The play ultimately examines the question of legacy: what do we leave behind? These powerful figures will do just about anything to ensure that they live on past their time on earth, even if it means destroying their own family. A triumph of wit and wordplay, The Lion in Winter is perhaps best known for its 1968 movie adaptation, featuring a larger-than-life Peter O’Toole as Henry II and a stunning Katharine Hepburn in an award-winning turn as Eleanor of Aquitaine.

All and all this production certainly lives up to its cinematic counterpart, if not exceeding it, with considerably more humor (I couldn’t find a single excised joke) and passion.

Lawrence Riordan

Around the Town

Slashing, witty and tragic.

Nancy Bishop

Third Coast Review

One of the finest productions of The Lion in Winter seen on a Chicago stage in years!

Tom Williams

Chicago Critic

It is Carlson who truly soars. Her Eleanor not only holds the lions share of jokes and delivers them with royal flair but cracks open like an egg to expose her scared underbelly of love and longing. It is a superb role superbly rendered.

Ben Kemper

Chicago Theatre Review

If you’re shopping for history combined with some first-rate zingers you can carry home in your memory’s pocket, for tossing at an unsuspecting friend or coworker, spend a couple of hours with Henry and Eleanor. “What family doesn’t have its ups and downs?”

Aaron Hunt

Newcity Stage

Production Staff

Director: Brian Pastor*
Assistant Director: Nicole Hand*
Stage Manager: Alexa Berkowitz*
Set Designer: Jeremy Garrett
Lighting Designer: Jess Fialko
Costume Designer: Rachel Sypniewski
Props Designer: Jeremiah Barr*
Sound Designer/Composer: Ben Sutherland

*Indicates PTE Ensemble Member

**Indicates PTE Artistic Associate

Cast

Elaine Carlson*

Elaine Carlson*

Eleanor

Nick Lake

Nick Lake

Geoffrey

Brian Parry

Brian Parry

Henry

Tom Murphy*

Tom Murphy*

John

Evan Johnson*

Evan Johnson*

Philip

*Indicates PTE Ensemble Member

**Indicates PTE Artistic Associate

Jared Dennis

Jared Dennis

Richard

Heather Smith*

Heather Smith*

Alais