Christine Lahti and Treat Williams: The Lion in Winter

Berkshire Theatre Group June 25 to July 13

By: - Mar 01, 2013

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Berkshire Theatre Group announces award-winning actress, Christine Lahti, and award-winning actor, Treat Williams, will join .the cast of The Lion in Winter at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage.  

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's Chicago 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 Story, No 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 Normal, The Doctor, Funny About Love, Gross Anatomy, Running on Empty (Los Angeles Film Critic's Award and Golden Globe nomination), Housekeeping, Just Between Friends, Whose Life Is It Anyway? and Swing Shift (Best Supporting Actress from the New York Film Critics' Circle as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations.) Directing credits include Lieberman in Love (Academy Award for Live Action Short), My First Mister (opening night presentation at the Sundance Film Festival) and several episodes of CBS's Chicago Hope. Broadway and Off Broadway credits include 8, God of Carnage, Three Hotels (Drama Desk nomination), The Heidi Chronicles, Little Murders (Obie Award), Loose Ends, Present Laughter, Landscape of the Body, The 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 to

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 Ending, Deep 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 Here, Once in a Lifetime, Love Letters, Pirates of Penzance, and Steven Sondheim's Follies (Theatre Guild Award). Off Broadway; Bus Stop, Some Men Need Help, Captains 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 Everwood for which he was twice nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award as best actor. Treat is currently appearing in White Collar, Hawaii 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.

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.”

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 includes Gossip Girl, Charles II, Hornblower, 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 Yourself, Birthday Boy, The Guardsman, Ghosts, A Man For All Seasons, Educating Rita, Amadeus, 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 Henley, Shel'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: Macbeth, The 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.

CJ Wilson (Richard) BTF Credits: A Thousand Clowns, Period of Adjustment, Macbeth, The Einstein Project, The Book Club Play. Broadway:  A Steady Rain, Festen, Henry IV, Long Day's Journey Into Night, The Best Man.  Off-Broadway:  Medieval Play, The Lady from Dubuque (Signature Theatre), The Bear (HERE), All-American (LCT 3), Happy Now? (Lucille Lortel Nom.) (Primary Stages), OFFICES, The Voysey Inheritance (Atlantic Theatre), Race (Classic Stage Company), Home of the Brave (Jewish Rep), Stop Kiss, The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Merry Wives of Windsor (Public).  Regional: Wilma, Shakespeare Theatre, Old Globe, McCarter, Fulton Opera House, ACT in Seattle, Hartford Stage, Syracuse Stage, Williamstown, Chautauqua, and the Acting Company. Film:  GHOUL, The Magic of Belle Isle.  Television:  Blue Bloods, Pan Am, Onion Sportsdome, Brotherhood, Without a Trace, Third Watch, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: CI, Ed, New Amsterdam, All My Children, One Life to Live. Honors: Fox Fellow.

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

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.