“The Lion In Winter”
University Theatre at Angelo State University will continue its 2013-14 season with the historical drama “The Lion in Winter,” beginning Friday, Oct. 11, in the ASU Auditorium.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 11-12 and 18-19, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. Tickets are $8 for the general public, $4 for non-ASU students and $3 for ASU students. Admission is free for Arts at ASU subscribers and ASU activity card holders. The ASU Auditorium is located in the Mayer Administration Building, 2601 W. Avenue N.
The third production of the Arts at ASU theatre season, “The Lion in Winter” is a Tony Award-winning imaging of the family and political conflicts at a fictional Christmas gathering with Henry II of England, his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, their adult sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John, King Philip of France and Philip’s half-sister, Alais, who is Richard’s betrothed and Henry’s mistress. Henry has released his wife from 10 years of imprisonment to attend the Christmas court, but their disputes remain unsettled. Henry favors their youngest son, John, as the next king and Eleanor favors their eldest son, Richard, while middle son Geoffrey hopes to play both ends against each other and come out on top. At stake is the crown of England.
Written by James Goldman, “The Lion in Winter” debuted on Broadway in 1966. Goldman won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for the 1968 movie version, which starred Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn. The ASU production is directed by Dr. William Doll, professor of theatre and director of University Theatre.
The student cast includes Larry Hettick as King Henry II, Magdalena Hogan as the French Princess Alais, Joey Hancock as Prince John, Tyler Tennell as Prince Geoffrey, Tyler Hastings as Prince Richard, Janae Hatchett as Queen Eleanor and Jacob Scott as King Philip of France. Standbys are Collyn Glaspie, Tessa Handlin, Cameron O’Briant, Tom Zimmerman, Mason Gable and Chloé Casey.
The production crew includes Hallie Behrens, stage manager; Abram Millar, assistant stage manager; Ethan Wanorek, master carpenter; Cassandra Trautman, wardrobe manager; Adam Rich, assistant wardrobe manager; Elizabeth Holland, master electrician; Colin Fischer, light board operator; Danisha Brown, sound technician; Gable, properties manager; Michael Burnett, charge painter; Scott, box office manager; Hastings and Jordon Schocklee, assistant box office managers; Casey, house manager; and running crewmembers Millar, Gable, Tyler Watson, Kala Young, Lura Cummings, DeMarcus Parker and Leslie Schniers
Eldra Sanford, resident costume designer, is the costumer for the production, and Matt Chilcoat, resident scenic and lighting designer, is the technical director.
Tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 7, at the ASU box office in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, 2602 Dena Drive. The ASU box office is open 2-6 p.m. weekdays. For reservations and/or ticket information, call 325-942-2000.
Subscriptions for the 2013-14 Arts at ASU season, which includes three more plays and 10 music performances, are still available for $30. Subscribers gain free admission to plays and concerts and pay just $15 for dinner theatres.
For more information on “The Lion in Winter” and/or season subscriptions, call 325-942-2146 or go online to www.angelo.edu/dept/arts/theatre/theatre_schedule.php.