BTG’s “The Lion in Winter” brings favorite actors back to the Berkshires

Treat Williams and Christine Lahti co-star in The Lion in Winter in the Berkshire Theatre Group Summer 2013 production.

Treat Williams and Christine Lahti co-star in The Lion in Winter in the Berkshire Theatre Group Summer 2013 production.

Lenox, MA: (CJ WIlson withdrew, other casting information Updated 3/19/2013) Christine Lahti, Christian Coulson, Tara Franklin, Tommy Schrider, Karl Gregory and Aaron Costa Ganis join Treat Williams this summer in the cast of The Lion in Winter at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage, produced as a part of Berkshire Theatre Group’s 85th season. The announcement was made by Artistic Director/CEO Kate Maguire.

Treat Williams and Christine Lahti have appeared in the Berkshires before, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, while Christian Coulson, Tara Franklin, Tommy Schrider and CJ Wilson are all much admired actors who have been regular fixtures at the Berkshire Theatre Group.

Treat Williams commented, “I’m thrilled to be Playing King Henry this summer in The Lion In Winter at Berkshire Theatre Group. It is, in my opinion, one of the best plays about family ever written. It’s wonderful to follow a dysfunctional royal family (what family isn’t?) for a Christmas holiday in the twelfth century and realize nothing much has changed. They manipulate, cheat, lie, maneuver, seduce and threaten one another throughout, and have great fun doing it. I can’t wait.”

An epic and humorous tale of political strategy and family dynamics, The Lion In Winter, set during Christmas 1183, tells the story of King Henry II, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John as they play a deadly game of real life chess; winner takes the throne. Who will come out on top as the ruler of England and the ruler of the family? The Lion in Winter proves just how absurd and lethal family rivalries can be.

The Cast

Christine Lahti (Eleanor) is an award-winning film, TV and stage actress. She currently has a recurring role on CBS’s Hawaii Five-0. Other television credits include WB series Jack and Bobby (SAG and Golden Globe nominations), CBS’sChicago Hope (Emmy and Golden Globe Awards), CBS’s The Pilots Wife, Showtime’s Out of Ashes, CBS’s The Book of Ruth, Lifetime’s An American Daughter (Golden Globe nomination), USA Network’s The Ellie Nessler StoryNo Place Like Home (Emmy nomination and Golden Globe Award), Amerika (Emmy and Golden Globe nominations), and TNT’s Crazy From the Heart (Cable Ace Award). Film credits include Leaving NormalThe DoctorFunny About LoveGross AnatomyRunning on Empty (Los Angeles Film Critic’s Award and Golden Globe nomination), HousekeepingJust Between FriendsWhose Life Is It Anyway? andSwing Shift (Best Supporting Actress from the New York Film Critics’ Circle as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations.) Directing credits includeLieberman in Love (Academy Award for Live Action Short), My First Mister (opening night presentation at the Sundance Film Festival) and several episodes of CBS’sChicago Hope. Broadway and Off Broadway credits include 8, God of Carnage,Three Hotels (Drama Desk nomination), The Heidi ChroniclesLittle Murders (Obie Award), Loose EndsPresent LaughterLandscape of the BodyThe Country Girl,The Woods (Theater World Award), Hooters, and Division Street. Regionally, her theater credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Long Wharf Theater, Summer Smoke at the Ahmanson Theater, Moon for the Misbegotten and the Lucky Spot at the Williamstown Theater Festival. She is also a contributing writer tohuffingtonpost.com.

Treat Williams (Henry) Treat Williams began his career on Broadway as Danny Zuko in Grease. His first important film role was the part of Berger in the film version of Hair. Treat’s other film work includes The Ritz, The Eagle Has Landed, Prince of the City, 1941, Smooth Talk, which won first prize at the Sundance Film Festival,Once Upon A Time in America, Woody Allen’s Hollywood EndingDeep Rising, The Outrageous Critical Bill in Things to do in Denver When You’re Dead, The Phantom, Deep End of the Ocean, The Devils Own, What Happens In Vegas, Howl, 127 Hours, and Deadfall. He will next be seen in Reaching For The Moon with Miranda Otto, and Barefoot with Evan Rachel Wood and Scott Speedman. Treat has appeared in multiple Broadway productions such as Over HereOnce in a Lifetime,Love LettersPirates of Penzance, and Steven Sondheim’s Follies (Theatre Guild Award). Off Broadway; Bus StopSome Men Need HelpCaptains Courageous(Theatre Guild Award), David Mamet’s Oleanna and Bobby Gould in Hell. His television credits include Streetcar Named Desire, Hoover, Dempsey, The Late Shift, Max and Helen, Law & Order: SVU, and The Simpsons, as himself. For four seasons he starred as Dr. Andy Brown in the critically acclaimed series Everwoodfor which he was twice nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award as best actor.

Treat is currently appearing in White CollarHawaii 5­0, and Chicago Fire. He has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, an Emmy, and has won two Theatre Guild Awards. Most recently, he won Best Actor for L’estate Di Martino at the Sicilian Film Festival. Treat has also experienced success as a director, as his short film TEXAN, by David Mamet, was awarded best film at three film festivals. A pilot with over ten thousand hours in the cockpit, Mr. Williams has been flying airplanes and helicopters of all shapes and sizes for over 30 years. He currently lives in Vermont with his wife and two children.

Christian Coulson. Photo: Larry Murray, Berkshire on Stage.com

Christian Coulson. Photo: Larry Murray, Berkshire on Stage.com

Christian Coulson (Philip) Theatre includes Dutch Masters (BTG), Journey’s End in the West End, Ghosts (Gate Theatre, London) the UK national tour of Festen, Romeo and Juilet (Liverpool Playhouse), Rumble Ghost (PS122). He is a founder member of QWAN, with whom he has performed Swan!!! and Notes!!! TV includesGossip Girl, Charles IIHornblower, Miss Marple & Little Britain. Film includes Four Feathers, The Hours, and the role of Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Directing includes Jeffery and Cole Make It Bigger and Kim Smith: Misfit. He is also a professional photographer.

Tara Franklin (Alais) At Berkshire Theatre Festival: The Puppetmaster of Lodz,Brace YourselfBirthday Boy, The Guardsman, GhostsA Man For All Seasons, Educating RitaAmadeus, Equus, The Misanthrope, Peter Pan, Dimetos, A Dream Play, The Einstein Project, and Camelot. With the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival:Henry V, Love’s Labours Lost, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet. At the Connecticut Repertory Theatre: Translations, The Trojan Women, Red Noses, The House of Bernarda Alba, Misalliance, The Crucible, A Cry of Players and A Christmas Carol.  New York: Me, My Guitar and Don HenleyShel’s Shorts and The Secretaries.  Chicago: Manuscript Found in Saragossa (Lookingglass Theatre Company) and Gravid Water (Improv Olympic).  Film: Labor Day (in production) Education: BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. MFA from the University of Connecticut.

Tommy Schrider (Geoffrey) BTF: MacbethThe Einstein Project, The Caretaker, A Man for All Seasons, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. NYC: War Horse (Lincoln Center Theater), Septimus & Clarissa (Ripe Time/RedBull). Also, Hamlet (Yale Repertory Theatre); Close Ties (EST); Acts of Mercy, St. Crispin’s Day (Rattlestick Theatre); She Stoops To Conquer, Pigtown (Irish Rep); RACE (Classic Stage);Greek Holiday (Abingdon Theatre); Indoor/Outdoor (Kirk Theatre/ SPF); Bread & Roses (NYTW); Uncivil Wars (37 Arts/ Pick Up Performance Co.). Regional credits include most recently Battle of Black and Dogs (Yale Rep). Also South Coast Repertory, Cincinnati Plyhouse, Huntington Theatre, Westport Playhouse, Williamstown, Syracuse Stage, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Theaterworks Hartford, Virginia Stage, Portland Stage, Pioneer Theatre, Hangar Theatre. Film: The…Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom (HBO). TV:Medium, Numb3rs, WHOOPI!, As The World Turns. MFA: NYU.

Aaron Costa Ganis (Richard) At BTG: MoonchildrenMacbeth, Amadeus, The Night of the Iguana. New York: The Mnemonist of Dutchess County (Theatre Row),365days/365 plays (Public Theater), Flanagan’s Wake (Soho Playhouse), My Nose & Me (The Second City Chicago), Tartuffe (South Street Seaport), 30 Beats (Kraine Theater). Regional: Katori Hall World Premiere Whaddabloodclot!!! (Williamstown Theatre Festival ’12),The Elephant Man (Northern Stage), The Bacchae, The Suicide, The Two Orphans (Brandeis Theater Company). International: Philoctetes(Mumbai, India), Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Oxford Playhouse), How I Learned to Drive (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), In the Native State (BBC), Six Degrees of Separation, La Chunga, Absolutely! (perhaps)Assassins, Krapp’s Last Tape(Oxford University Dramatic Society). Film: Upcoming: Straight Outta Tompkins2nd ChancesA New York Love Story, Double Crossed (SXSW ’13), Othello, Ruthless City, Father’s Flight. BA: Brandeis University, University of Oxford, PPE: philosophy, politics, and economics; MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program.

The Lion in Winter 
by James Goldman
directed by Robert Moss
featuring Christine Lahti and Treat Williams

at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage
Previews June 25-June 28
Opens June 29 8pm; Closes July 13
Tickets: Preview: $38;
A: $58 B: $48 C: $38
Sponsored by Stuart M. Fischman Esq. in Loving Memory of my Parents Louis and Edith Fischman A”H


The Fitzpatrick Main Stage is sponsored by The Red Lion Inn, Country Curtains and Blantyre Inn.

For more information about Berkshire Theatre Group and its upcoming season,read our season preview (Here).

Season Passes are available for purchase at $175 for a four show pass and $250 for a six show pass.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield or by calling (413) 997-4444 or online at www.BerkshireTheatreGroup.org. The Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday 10am–5pm, Saturdays 10am–2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain. All plays, schedules, casting and prices are subject to change.

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