Friday, March 4, 2016

'Lion in Winter' opens tonight at Chatham Players

The Chatham Community Players continues its 94th Season of producing quality, powerful & challenging theater with James Goldman’s modern day classic, “The Lion in Winter”. This play will run from March 4 through March 19. Jim Peskin from West Orange direc

Sibling rivalry, adultery and dungeons, all can be found in James Goldman’s modern day classic, “The Lion in Winter”. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action; this 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, as well as King Henry’s paramour during the Christmas of 1183. As Eleanor says, “every family has its ups and downs,” and this royal family is no exception. Director, Jim Peskin explained that “Lion in Winter took place a long time ago. Europe was just emerging from the reign of the tribes who destroyed the Roman Empire into the medieval feudal world. 

At first glance it is very foreign. William Goldman, the playwright, took a brilliant leap of imagination and found an amazing story of a love and family. The play he wrote contains a couple profoundly and passionately in love and the battles they have with three sons who test every fiber of their being. Along the way get to see brilliant characters who live or die by their wits, situations that are tender, moments that have true humor and several scenes that are really sexy.“

The talented and diverse group of actors comprising The Lion in Winter ensemble are ruled by Kevern Cameron of Hamburg as Henry II, King of England, Maria Brodeur of Rockaway as Queen Eleanor (photo), Matt Coakley of Gillette as John, Scott Tyler of Morristown as Geoffrey, Dominic Denucci of Teaneck as Richard the Lionheart, Adriana Spizuoco of Millburn as Alais Capet and Shane Long of Madison as Philip II, King of France.

“There is nothing like the succession of power to get everyone's blood boiling. This play is like 12th century version of `House of Cards', with everyone vying for power, plotting behind each other’s backs and doing everything they can to impress those around them with their political skills,” said Producer, Joelle Bochner.

Rounding out Peskin’s talented production team, the Producer is Joelle Bochner, Production Coordinator is Steve Ruskin, Stage Manager is Kate Pierce, Assistant Stage Manager is Mara Lundstrom, Scenic Designers are Roy Pancirov and Robert Lukasik, Scenic Painting by Andrea & Dean Sickler, Costume Designer is Beverly Wand, Lighting Designer is Richard Hennessy and Sound Designer is Joe DeVico.

At the center of the play is a struggle we all face, who am I in this world. There’s a lot going on and it’s fun to create and hopefully fun to watch,” said Peskin. Producer, Joelle Bochner added, “What a rich tapestry our director, Jim Peskin has woven, with not a single thread out of place.”
Box Office Information – Online Ticketing

Performance dates are March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8pm and March 13 at 3pm. All performances are at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for youth/senior.

Tickets can be purchased at our Box Office or Online. To access the theater’s online ticketing service, simply go to The service is available 24 hours a day, and tickets can be purchased online up until three hours prior to curtain on the day of a performance. Chatham Playhouse’s box office will begin accepting phone reservations on February 23 at (973) 635-7363. For information regarding box office hours, please call the box office number listed above. 

About the Chatham Playhouse

The Chatham Community Players has been entertaining residents of Morris County and the surrounding area since 1922. The organization’s mission is to produce high-quality theater for a diverse audience, while elevating its standard of excellence and providing a creative outlet with educational opportunities and outreach programs. For more information, including details of CCP’s 2015-2016 season, visit Funding has been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.ts.

photo by Howard Fisher

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