FMU Theatre to present "The Lion in Winter," Oct. 14-16
The Francis Marion University Theatre will present "The Lion in Winter," by James Goldman, Oct. 14-16.
Performances begin at 8 p.m. in the Hyman Fine Arts Center’s theatre. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. Call the box office at 843-661-1365, Monday through Friday, between 1 and 5 p.m., for seating availability.
In the play, King Henry II allows Queen Eleanor, whom he has long imprisoned, to join the family's Christmas festivities. The king is determined to select an heir. He favors the youngest of their three sons, John, but Eleanor favors the eldest, who has long been her pet, Richard. The argument that ensues is conditioned as much by the couple's ambivalent love-hate relationship as by genuine political considerations. It is made more complex when all three sons unite against their father. In the end, Henry has little choice but to forgive the children – and to send Eleanor back into imprisonment.
The play is directed by associate professor Glen Gourley, with set and lighting design by associate professor David Granath and costume design by assistant professor Abigail Wurster.
The cast and crew of the play, by hometown, is:
Darlington: Kendall Kiker, FMU Theatre alumnus (Richard)
Florence: D. Keith Best, FMU professor of theatre (King Henry); Jessica Seaman (assistant to the director)
Hartsville: Melissa Bjorgen (Queen Eleanor)
Kingstree: Kyle Dorrell (assistant to the director)
Mount Pleasant: Merit Sander (Alais)
Pawleys Island: Vincent Triana (John)
Walterboro: Andrew Cogswell (Geoffrey)
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