THE LION IN WINTER
by James Goldman
directed by Wendy Edmonds
March 10 – April 2
Park Hall, Ben Lomond
The time is Christmas, 1183, and the place is the castle at Chinon, France, late in the reign of England’s first Plantagenet King, Henry II. He is desperate to name a successor, but his three available sons are a thankless lot. Richard insists that he will become King because he is the oldest and the most capable. John is sure he will inherit the throne because he is his father’s choice. Geoffrey, the middle son, feels unappreciated, with no chance at all of the throne. Of all his wars, the one with Henry’s Queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has been the longest and bitterest. If there was an award for the most exhilarating anachronism of the year, James Goldman would have won it with this play. Sometimes anachronisms occur in plays through carelessness, but Goldman’s are there on purpose. The essentially modern speech makes it easy to identify with these people. We have not moved back into their time. They have moved forward into ours. James Goldman won an Academy Award for his adaptation of the play for the screen.
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MCT announces auditions for the fourth show of our 2017 season:
9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL
Music & Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Book by Patricia Resnick
Directed by Daria E. Troxell
Music Direction by Nicki Kerns
Choreography by Whitney James-Heskett
Auditions are Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7.