Celebrating the 21st Anniversary of Theater in the Park
Due to ongoing uncertainty around public gatherings and the advance planning needed to stage a play, the Guild is still determining when we can present The Lion in Winter this summer.
The Lion in Winter depicts the tumultuous relationship between Henry II of England and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine. With Eleanor recently released from prison, and their three sons arriving to spend time with the family on holiday, the question looms: who will be the next heir to the throne? Fraught with intrigue, each family member schemes to usurp the other. This delightfully wicked and ferociously funny drama by James Goldman investigates the balance between family roles and power structures, and how all can go sour when the chips are down. Directed by Rachel Haider.
Henry II, King of England – Jonathan Larson
Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry’s wife – Pauline Jennings
Richard the Lionheart, their oldest son – Ben Pelegano
Geoffrey, their middle son – Raul Arambula
John, their youngest son – Quintin Brown
Alais, a French princess – Alison Haider
Philip, King of France – Samuel Mastin
“A work of intelligence, astringent wit, and much theatrical skill.” – The New York Times
“Marvelously articulate language, with humor that bristles and burns.” – The Los Angeles Times
Rachel’s extensive resume includes work with professional, community and educational theaters. Her directing credits with the Guild include Mansfield Park as part of our Journey Home theater season, and the world premier of The Great Northfield Bank Robbery: A Love Story. A few of her other Guild directing credits include Matilda, Les Misérables, The Miracle Worker, Oliver, Night Watch, White Christmas and Guys and Dolls. Rachel directs, teaches and manages the Guild’s Purple Door Youth Theater and has taught theater arts in private and public schools along with numerous other arts organizations. Rachel was named Southern Minn Scene’s Best Director for 2018 and 2013.