It is 1183 and an aging Henry II of England has assembled his family for the Christmas holidays. Much is at stake. His three sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John all are vying to succeed their father to the throne. Adding to the mix, Henry has brought his estranged wife Eleanor of Aquitaine out of exile for the holidays. Henry’s mistress Alais Capet is a half-sister to young King Philip of France, who has been invited for the holiday to resolve the issue of her pending arranged marriage to Richard. Critic Cecil Smith describes the play as “a growling, snarling, skin-piercing, skull-rattling exhibit couched in marvelously articulate language, with humor that bristles and burns.”
Directed by Ronn Toebaas
Assisted by Jenni Ackerman
Featured actors will be Ronn Toebaas, Patricia Terry, Brian Schoenrock, Michael Crawford, Jay Dickerson, Stephanie Bussan and Robert Mahan.
The audience is invited to participate in a talkback about the play and its subject matter after the reading.
January 22, 2019 - 7 pm
Suggested donation: $8