The Joliet Drama Guild presented The Lion in Winter, written by James Goldman and directed by Luke Pascale.
Set in the court of Henry II, King of England (Keith White of Joliet), at Christmas of 1183, this comic drama heats up as the royal personages play a high stakes game of check and mate for power and love. The play opens with the arrival of Eleanor of Aquitaine (Kelly Johnson of Seneca), Henry’s former wife whom he has imprisoned. No simple victim, she - Eleanor fully matches her royal husband as she attempts to decide the succession between her three sons, Richard (Justin Ongenae of Shorewood), Geoffrey (Al Pindell of Shorewood), and John (Mark Parker of Joliet). Add a young mistress of the king, Alais who has been betrothed to one of his sons (Devon Ford of Joliet) and a rival monarch Phillip II (Chris Smith of Lockport), who was the son of Eleanor’s ex-husband, and you have dysfunctional family of which even the most flamboyant daytime family fight fest could be proud.
Performances were Fridays, February 10 and 17, and Saturdays, February 11 and 18, at 8:00 PM and Sunday, February 12 and 19 at 2:00 at the Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Theater at 201 W. Jefferson, Joliet IL 60432.