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The Lion in Winter

By James Goldman
Directed by Tyne Rafaeli

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When families come together to eat, reminisce, and exploit each other’s weaknesses as they brutally spar over which of them will be the next ruler of England. Well, maybe just this family.

Set during Christmas 1183, this great American classic—filled with ruthless scheming, deception and romance—is the ultimate fight for the throne. Join Henry II of England, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their three sons for a sharptongued and witty look at how dysfunctional the royal family can be.


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Noah Averbach-Katz

Noah Averbach-Katz Regional: Bad Jews (Studio Theater); My Name Is Asher Lev (Portland Stage); Dracula, The Bachelors (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Othello (dir. Pam MacKinnon), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare Santa Cruz). Education: Juilliard, UC Santa Cruz.

Michael Cumpsty

Michael Cumpsty has appeared in The Lion in Winter, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Absurd Person Singular, Present Laughter and Much Ado about Nothing at Two River Theater, where he also directed The Importance of being Earnest and Third. Broadway credits include Machinal, The Winslow Boy, End of the Rainbow (Tony nomination), Sunday in the Park with George, The Constant Wife, Democracy, Enchanted April, 42nd Street, Copenhagen, Electra, 1776, Racing Demon, The Heiress, Translations, Timon of Athens (Bayfield Award), La Bête and Artist Descending a Staircase. Off-Broadway credits include Hamlet (Obie Award), Richard II and Richard III (all for Classic Stage Company); Twelfth Night, Timon of Athens, All’s Well That Ends Well, Hamlet, Cymbeline and The Winter’s Tale (all for the New York Shakespeare Festival); The Body of an American (Primary Stages and Hartford Stage). He has appeared in many of America’s premiere regional theaters, and played Leontes in The Winter’s Tale for the Royal Shakespeare Company at their home in Stratford-upon-Avon. TV: recurring roles on Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie and Star Trek: Voyager; L.A. Law (series regular); Red Oaks, The OA, Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, Law & Order and Elementary. Film: Eat Pray Love, Wall Street 2, Starting Out in the Evening, The Ex, Flags of our Fathers, The Visitor, The Ice Storm, Fatal Instinct, State of Grace, Downtown Express and Collateral Beauty.

Dee Hoty

Dee Hoty  is a three-time Tony nominee for her starring roles in Footloose, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, and The Will Rogers Follies. The last two Broadway seasons have seen her featured performances in Bright Star and Gigi. Dee starred on Broadway and in eight major U.S. cities as Donna in Mamma Mia!. More Broadway: Bye Bye Birdie (Roundabout), City of Angels (Outer Critics Circle nomination), Me and My Girl, Big River, The Five O’Clock Girl and Shakespeare’s Cabaret. Other highlights: Love, Loss, and What I Wore (Off-Broadway); tours of 9 to 5, Barnum; Other Desert Cities (St. Louis Rep); Rich Girl (George Street Playhouse, Cleveland Play House); Phyllis in Follies at Paper Mill (cast recording); Kay Thompson in Stormy Weather (Barrymore Award, LA Ovation Award). Numerous film/television appearances include Elementary, Smash, Law & Order, L&O: Criminal Intent. Otterbein College graduate/Honorary Doctorate. Proud member Actors’ Equity. Twitter: @deehoty.


KeiLyn Durrel Jones

KeiLyn Durrel Jones Off Broadway: Troilus and Cressida (Shakespeare in the Park), Lone Star Spirits (Crowded Outlet, dir. Wes Grantom). Regional; Love in the Wars (Bard SummerScape, dir. Ken Rus Schmoll); Yellowman (Henley Street Theatre); Las Meninas (Rep Stage); A Midsummer Night’s Dream  (HCC Arts Collective); Fences (Laurel Mill Playhouse). Film/TV: Gina & MeGood Deeds (short), Roulette (short),  Jessica Jones (Netflix), The Path (Hulu), High Maintenance (HBO), Elementary (CBS), Time After Time (ABC). A proud member of the 52nd Street Project.

Ronald Peet

Ronald Peet Recent New York: Kentucky (Ensemble Studio Theatre, Page 73), LOVEPLAY/PLAYMONEY (La MaMa), Tilly the Trickster (Atlantic Theater Company), I’ll Never Love Again (Drama League), Boats And (Ars Nova), Debutante (Ars Nova), and New Saloon’s I’m Miserable but Change Scares Me (The Brick). Regional: peerless (Barrington Stage), The Golem of Havana (Miami New Drama, Barrington Stage); 30 roles in 13 plays over three seasons at the American Shakespeare Center. Upcoming film/TV: Girls, Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories, Dianne Dreyer’s Change in the Air. Training: NYU Tisch.

Hubert Point-Du Jour

Hubert Point-Du Jour Some of Hubert’s stage work includes Sojourners (The Playwrights Realm), The Model Apartment (Primary Stages), Angels in America (Signature Theatre), A Fable (Rattlestick), 365 Days/365 Plays (Public Theater), Nightlands (New Georges), The Tempest (Target Margin), Every Angel Is Brutal (Clubbed Thumb), and the Obie-winning plays A Beautiful Day…Great Lakes (Women’s Project/New Georges) and A Map of Virtue (13P). Select regional credits are Two Gentleman of Verona (The Old Globe), Blue Door (Seattle Rep), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Theatre Company) and A Raisin in the Sun (Westport Country Playhouse directed by Phylicia Rashad). Television appearances include The Path (Hulu), Happyish (Showtime), The Good Wife (CBS), Law & Order: SVU (NBC), Over/Under (USA), and Black Jack (Comedy Central pilot). He can be seen in the upcoming films Trouble by Theresa Rebeck and Beat-up Little Seagull opposite Michelle Pfeiffer. He trained at NYU, attended the Long Island School for the Arts and is an award recipient with YoungArts.

Madeleine Rogers

Madeleine Rogers is a 2016 graduate of Juilliard Drama Division, where she played Thomasina in Arcadia, Dolores in Still, Ruth in Everything Is Wonderful, Chickie in In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, Escalus in Measure for Measure. Regional: Rachel in My Name Is Rachel Corrie (Northwest Classical Theatre Company), Meg in A Wrinkle in Time (Oregon Children’s Theater), Girl in Blackbird (Artists Repertory Theatre).



James Goldman
James Goldman

James Goldman (1927-1998) was an American playwright, novelist, and screenwriter, honored with an Academy Award for the screen adaptation of his own play The Lion in Winter. He was also the author of the screenplays for Robin and Marion, Nicholas and Alexandra, and White Nights, and the book for Stephen Sondheim’s stage musical Follies. Mr. Goldman was born in Chicago and was a graduate of the University of Chicago; he began postgraduate work at Columbia University in music criticism until he was drafted into the army during World War II. In 1961 his whimsical play They Might Be Giants (about a man who believes he is Sherlock Holmes and is attended by a psychiatrist named Dr. Watson) was produced by Joan Littlewood in London and 10 years later was turned into a film starring George C. Scott and Joanne Woodward, directed by Anthony Harvey, who also directed the 1968 film version of A Lion in Winter. Mr. Goldman’s first play on Broadway was a comedy about life in the army, Blood, Sweat, and Stanley Poole (1961), written with his brother William. Other work includes A Family Affair, a collaboration with John Kander, starring Shelley Berman; Evening Primrose (1966), his second collaboration with Mr. Sondheim; Oliver Twist (1982), Anna Karenina (1985), Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986), and Tolstoy (1996). Mr. Goldman’s novels include The Man from Greek and Roman (1974), Myself as Witness (1980), and Fulton County (1989).


Tyne Rafaeli
Tyne Rafaeli

Tyne Rafaeli was born in London and trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Columbia University. She has directed classics, new plays and musicals in London and the US. Her work has been seen at Classic Stage Company, Atlantic Theater Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York Stage & Film, Playwrights Realm, Goodspeed, Juilliard, Great Lakes Theater, American Players Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and PlayPenn, amongst others. Tyne is a 2016-2018 Time Warner Directing Fellow at the Women’s Project Theater and was awarded the 2013-14 SDCF Sir John Gielgud Fellowship for Classical Direction. She has served as Associate Director on The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof, The Bridges of Madison County, Golden Boy (all Broadway), Women on the Verge (London’s West End), and she directed the 1st US National Tour of The Bridges of Madison County. Upcoming projects: The Comedy of Errors (Classic Stage Company) and My Fair Lady (PlayMakers Rep).

Scenic Designer

Kristen Robinson
Kristen Robinson

KRISTEN ROBINSON (Scenic Designer) is a New York City-based set designer. She previously designed The Lion in Winter for Two River Theater. Her work ranges from site-specific installations to outdoor Shakespeare. A Princess Grace Fellow, she holds her MFA from Yale University. USA 829. Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at Purchase College, SUNY.

Costume Designer

Andrea Hood
Andrea Hood

Andrea Hood returns to Two River, where she previously designed The Lion in Winter. New York Off-Broadway: Twelfth NightAs You Like ItRomeo & Juliet (The Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park); Love and Information (New York Theatre Workshop, Lortel nomination); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, The Comedy of Errors (Classic Stage Company). Regional: Huntington Theatre Company,  Williamstown Theatre Festival, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, PlayMakers Rep, American Players Theatre, Chautauqua Theater Company, Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare. Upcoming: Tommy (Kennedy Center); Hercules (The Public Theater by special arrangement with Disney Theatrical Productions).

Lighting Designer

Jennifer Tipton
Jennifer Tipton

Jennifer Tipton is well known for her work in theater, dance and opera. In theater, her recent work includes Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 at the Golden Theatre in New York. Her recent work in opera includes Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette directed by Bart Sher at the Metropolitan Opera. Her recent work in dance includes Shen Wei’s Neither at BAM. Ms. Tipton teaches lighting at the Yale School of Drama. She received the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize in 2001, the Jerome Robbins Prize in 2003 and, in April 2004, the Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture in New York City. In 2008 she was made a United States Artists “Gracie” Fellow and a MacArthur Fellow.

Sound Designer

Josh Schmidt
Josh Schmidt

Josh Schmidt is thrilled to make his debut at Two River. As Composer/Co-Author: A Minister’s Wife (Lincoln Center), Adding Machine (Minetta Lane), Whida Peru (59E59), Gift of the Magi (American Players Theatre). Incidental scores: When the Rain Stops Falling (Lincoln Center), Fifty Words (MCC). As Composer/Sound Designer: Broadway: Thérèse Raquin, House of Blue Leaves, Brighton Beach Memoirs. Off-Broadway: Dinner with Friends (Roundabout), Model Apartment (Primary Stages), 3 Kinds of Exile (Atlantic), Water By the Spoonful (Second Stage), Crime and Punishment (59E59), others. Chicago: Steppenwolf, Goodman, Writers Theatre, Northlight, Next Theatre Company, Seanachai, others. London: Adding Machine (Finborough Theatre). Regional: over 200 productions at venues across the country including Stratford Shakespeare Festival (three seasons), Philadelphia Theatre Company, Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, Seattle Rep, Alley, Arizona Theatre Company, Cleveland Play House, Kansas City Rep, South Coast Rep, Delaware Theatre Company, American Players Theatre (14 seasons), Milwaukee Rep, others. Commissions: Metropolitan Opera, RKO, CraneKahn, Groundswell, Playwrights Horizons, Signature (VA). Recordings: Adding Machine, A Minister’s Wife (both released on PS Classics and available on ITunes, Amazon, etc.). Associate Artist: Alley, Writers Theatre. Member: ASCAP. Awards/recognition: Lortel, Outer Critics, Jeff, ASCAP, NEA/TCG, Prague Quadrennial 2007, Sundance Theatre Lab UCross 2012. Upcoming: world premiere of Midwestern Gothic at Signature (VA).

Hair and Makeup Designer

David Bova
David Bova

David Bova Broadway designs include The Visit, The Real Thing, Violet, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Motown, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, All About Me, and Next to Normal. Films include Angelica and The Night Before. TV includes Six by SondheimScream Queens, Gotham, Mozart in the Jungle, and Inside Amy Schumer.

Fight Director

J. Steven White
J. Steven White

J. Steven White is pleased to return to Two River (where he previously fight directed Lives of Reason, Guadalupe in the Guest Room, Camelot, As You Like It, and On Borrowed Time) and to be working again with his former colleagues from productions at The Public Theater, where his fight work has been seen in 22 shows including Julius Caesar, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, King Lear, A Language of Their Own, and Cymbeline with Liev Schreiber and Michael C. Hall, whom Mr. White trained at NYU Graduate Acting. Broadway includes The Pillowman, Bombay Dreams, Uncle Vanya, A View from the Bridge, Golden Child, The Lion in Winter with Laurence Fishburne, All My Sons, as well as Shogun: The Musical (Assistant Director). His fights have been seen on the stages of every major New York theater including MTC, CSC, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout, and the Irish Repertory Theatre. He has worked at McCarter on six productions including The Convert. He is the fencing master for the Tulsa Ballet where he staged the fencing sequences in Edwaard Liang’s production of Romeo and Juliet.​ Mr. White spent 11 seasons at American Conservatory Theater, where he began his teaching career 44 years ago. He is on the faculties of the Stella Adler Studio and the Graduate Acting Program at NYU-Tisch. He wants to go on record that he is in love with Red Bank and the Jersey Shore.


Jack Doulin + Sharky
Jack Doulin + Sharky

Jack Doulin + Sharky Jack has been the Casting Director at New York Theatre Workshop since 2000. Productions there include: Peter and the StarcatcherHomebody/Kabul, Far AwayA NumberHedda GablerThe Misanthrope, and The Little Foxes. Other NYC highlights include two notable productions of Uncle Vanya: André Gregory’s production with Julianne Moore and Wallace Shawn (filmed by Louis Malle as Vanya on 42nd Street), and Annie Baker’s adaptation with Reed Birney, Maria Dizzia, and Michael Shannon directed by Sam Gold. For SoHo Rep: BlastedA Public Reading…DisneyMarie Antoinette. Film: New Orleans, Mon Amour directed by Michael Almereyda and Jonathan Demme’s A Master Builder and What the Night Can Do. Sharky, also known as Taylor Williams, serves as the Casting Associate at New York Theatre Workshop. Together they have cast:  Love and Information (NYTW), Oklahoma(Bard SummerScape), Scenes from a Marriage (NYTW), You Got Older (P73), City of Conversation  (Arena Stage), An Octoroon (Soho Rep and TFANA), Red Speedo (NTYW), Hadestown  (NYTW), Othello (NYTW) directed by Sam Gold, Mary Jane (NYTW) written by Amy Herzog and upcoming The Winter’s Tale (TFANA) and Adrienne Kennedy’s new play He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box (TFANA).

Production Stage Manager

Jenny Kennedy
Jenny Kennedy

Jenny Kennedy Broadway: The King and I, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Red. Off Broadway: The Wedge Horse (Fault Line Theatre); A Minister’s Wife, When I Come to Die (Lincoln Center Theater); Mr. & Mrs. Fitch (Second Stage Theatre); various productions with The Play Company, All For One Theater, Retro Productions, Baryshnikov Arts Center. Regional: In the Body of the World (American Repertory Theater); various productions with Kavinoky Theatre, Jewish Repertory Theatre; 10 seasons with Chautauqua Theater Company.


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