Directed by LSPA veteran
Featuring the historical figure
The play was written by
Though the play is considered a comedy, Sargent said the genre is not quite as easy to pin down.
"The play doesn't know if it wants to be a comedy or drama," he said.
Sargent, who usually dabbles in comedic plays, said he wanted to do something with a little "meat and 'taters" that will challenge the actors.
"Audiences here love the farce and the slapstick and we're going to continue to do those kind of things, but we want to challenge the audience as well," Sargent said.
"This one is a full on drama and, although it has some funny moments, the majority of it is pretty dark," Morvay said.
"It is an actress' role for sure," she said.
Sargent said Eleanor's role was the only one he precasted specifically for Fitzsimmons.
Fitzsimmons said Eleanor is one of her favorite roles she has ever played and still finds the role fun and challenging 20 years later.
"I have a better understanding of her issues with aging and mortality," she said.
Fitzsimmons added that Eleanor's character has the bulk of the best dialogue,
"Another reason to covet the role," she said.
"It's much more professional working with the LSPA," Turner said. "Jeff is a fantastic director and the whole cast is just fun."
The play will also feature
"These guys are real pros and they have made the process easy," Sargent said. "They are malleable and very intelligent."
Regular audiences of LSPA will notice a raised stage, which will be a permanent fixture in the black box.
Sargent said raising the stage was completed after viewer feedback for better visibility. He also said it will encourage the fourth-wall concept of separating the actors and audience.
"The Lion in Winter" will run Thursday to Saturday and
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