New surry Theatre Readings
Beginning in Spring 2017, NST will offer readings to compliment the season of full-scale productions. These readings will provide actors and directors with the opportunity to work with different material, including plays that might not be feasible as a full-scale production. Audience members will have the opportunity to experience diverse theater offerings. Each reading will be directed by a NST-trained director and performed after several rehearsals. The readings will be staged to varying degrees, depending on the play and according to the director's discretion.
Admission at these readings is donation-based to help cover the cost of the rights for each play.
The Lion in the Winter, by James Goldman
Directed by Erin McCormick
Auditions Wednesday, April 26th, 6:30 p.m. at the Blue Hill Town Hall Theater
Performance Friday, May 26th at 7:00 p.m. at the Blue Hill Town Hall Theater
This dark comedy/drama by James Goldman imagines what might have happened between the members of England's powerful Plantagenet family during one Christmas night in 1183. The undefeated King Henry II invites his formidable, estranged wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine and their three scheming sons, Richard the Lionheart, Count Geoffrey of Anjou, and Prince John (of Robin Hood fame), to spend the holidays with him and his honored guest, the new young king of France. The official reason for this gathering is to settle a dispute about a wedding arrangement between the two nations. However, each character has come with a secret agenda of their own. As the night continues, the family plays an increasingly ruthless game of chess with each other that may have devastating consequences for all.