Xavier Players Present The Lion in Winter

First play selected by student play reading committee. | October 30, 2007

The Xavier Players present The Lion in Winter by James Goldman, November 8-11 at 7:30 p.m. Gallagher Student Center Studio Theater on the University campus.

Tickets are $3.00 for students, faculty and staff and $5.00 for all others. Tickets are available by calling the Players box office at 513-745-3939.

The Lion in Winter concerns the interpersonal dynamics and political wrangling of King Henry; his wife Eleanor, whom he has kept imprisoned in a tower for the past ten years; and their three sons, who are vying for the privilege of being named heir to the English throne.

The 1968 film version of the play starred Katharine Hepburn, Peter O’Toole and Anthony Hopkins and won several Academy Awards. Actors such as Christopher Walken, Stockard Channing and Laurence Fishburne have also played roles in this play.

“This is the first play selected for production by a student playing reading committee,” says Director of Performing Arts Cathy Springfield. “It will be very intense. The excitement to me is you will be in the room with the actors up close and personal.”

Cheryl Couch, who teaches in Xavier’s Classic Department, is directing.

“To cast 19 to 22 year olds as characters who are 50 and 61 years old is difficult,” says Couch. “But the students at Xavier are bright and they know the history of this period and the elements important to research about the characters in this play. It has been a delight to work with these cast members and their intense desire to learn together the building of an ensemble cast who listens and responds to each other bringing the play to life on stage. ”

For more information please contact Cathy Springfield at 513-745-3578.