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February Brunch - The Lion in Winter (James Goldman)

  • Feb 10, 2013 · 12:15 PM
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Some passion and intrigue in under 200 pages for the cold winter months...

"In James Goldman’s classic play The Lion in Winter, domestic turmoil rises to an art form.
Keenly self-aware and motivated as much by spite as by any sense of duty, Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine maneuver against each other to position their favorite son in line for succession. By imagining the inner lives of Henry, Eleanor, and their sons, John, Geoffrey, and Richard, Goldman created the quintessential drama of family strife and competing ambitions, a work that gives visceral, modern-day relevance to the intrigues of Angevin England.

Combining keen historical and psychological insight with delicious, mordant wit, the stage play has become a touchstone of today’s theater scene, and Goldman’s screenplay for the 1968 film adaptation won him an Academy Award. Told in “marvelously articulate language, with humor that bristles and burns” (Los Angeles Times), The Lion in Winter is the rare play that bursts into life on the printed page." (-BarnesandNoble.com)

The Lion in Winter is fictional and none of the dialogue and actions is historical; there was not a Christmas Court at Chinon in 1183. However, the events leading up to the story are generally accurate. (-wikipedia.com)

Productions:

Among other productions....the play premiered at the Ambassador Theatre on March 3, 1966. Directed by Noel Willman, it starred Robert Preston as Henry, Rosemary Harris as Eleanor, James Rado as Richard, and Christopher Walken as Philip. Harris won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play.

The play was revived in March 1999, starring Laurence Fishburne as Henry and Stockard Channing as Eleanor, directed by Michael Mayer. Channing was nominated for a Tony.

The play was adapted into a 1968 film, with Peter O'Toole as Henry and Katharine Hepburn as Eleanor, and a 2003 television movie, with Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close.

About the Author:

James Goldman (June 30, 1927 – October 28, 1998) was an American screenwriter and playwright, and the brother of screenwriter and novelist William Goldman.

He was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up primarily in Highland Park, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. He is most noted as the author of The Lion in Winter and author of the book for the Broadway musical Follies. (-wikipedia.com) He also wrote one of my favorite (perhaps guilty pleasure) movies, White Nights, starring Gregory Hines, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Isabella Rossellini.

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** NOTE : I WILL BE EMAILING MEMBERS ASKING YOU TO CONFIRM YOUR "YES" RSVP A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE MEETUP, WITH YOUR REPLY DUE NO LATER THAN APPROXIMATELY 24 HOURS BEFORE THE EVENT SO WE CAN GET A PRETTY ACCURATE HEADCOUNT. PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHANGE A "YES" RSVP TO A "NO" IF YOUR PLANS CHANGE, SO MEMBERS ON THE WAITING LIST HAVE A CHANCE TO READ THE BOOK. AND REMEMBER TO SEE THE "PAGES" LINK FOR THE NO-SHOW POLICY, IT'S STRICTLY ENFORCED. THANKS

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  • Anthony O.

    Wonderful discussion. Had a wonderful time. Great choice.

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • rachel

    Thanks to all for attending today, despite the snow and organizational complications this month!

    February 10, 2013

  • Fred

    Sorry, illness and the weather force me to relinquish
    my space. Sorry !

    February 8, 2013

    • rachel

      Feel better Fred!

      February 10, 2013

  • kiara

    Hello: I was happy to be moved from the wait list, but sadly I now have to work tomorrow. Arg. I hope I can join you soon!

    February 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry, something has come up last minute! Enjoy...

    February 7, 2013

  • rachel

    Hi guys - since we still have a large waiting list and large reservation this month, just one last quick reminder before my Wednesday confirmation instructions (please look out for them and respond accordingly) to please update your RSVP promptly if you can no longer attend this meetup. Thanks!

    February 4, 2013

  • rachel

    Hi guys - we were able to get more tables but we will need 8 people to come by 12 rather than 12:15 if we continue to have 22 confirmed RSVPs. More details on this a few days before the meetup. Thanks!

    January 27, 2013

  • rachel

    Hi guys - just another quick reminder to please update your RSVP if you can no longer attend this meetup, since we have a very large waiting list this month. Thanks!

    January 25, 2013

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