Will Call #16 — Savor Autumn Arts with “The Lion in Winter” at Oldcastle Theatre Company
Bennington, Vt., just half an hour away for much of NoCo, holds vast cultural appeal
Bennington, Vt., is awash in the arts year round, and Autumn is a perfect time to enjoy all that this “must-visit” town has to offer. After listening to our conversation with Eric Peterson, Producing Director of Oldcastle Theatre Company, about “The Lion in Winter,” you’ll no doubt want to reserve seats at one of the performances, make reservations at a nearby eatery, and maybe plan a leaf-peeping route or hike in the area—I predict a gorgeous leaf season.
Oldcastle’s founding Producing Artistic Director , Eric is one of the longest serving artistic directors in the country. He has produced more than 300 plays, directed, directed more than 250, and acted in more than he can remember.
He has directed and taught at several colleges including Green Moutain Bennington, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and East Tennessee State University. Eric is a former newspaper columnist and former president of the Vermont Arts Council.
Looking for more to do in Bennington? The Bennington Chamber of Commerce has some great resources for visitors.
The Lion in Winter
Oldcastle Theatre Company
September 25–October 11
King Henry II of England has three sons by Eleanor of Aquitaine. He wants the kingdom to stay united after his death, but all three sons want to rule and it is likely to be torn apart by revolution. Uneasy is the head on which the crown lies and uneasy the truce between a matchless king and queen.
A gigantic Broadway hit that became an Oscar winning film, this is a not to be missed, brilliantly written that is highly dramatic, suspenseful, witty and and gloriously funny simultaneously.
Nigel Gore: King Henry
Mr. Gore, a native of England, making his first appearance with Oldcastle, is an eight year veteran of Shakespeare & Company. This summer Gore appeared in “Mother of the Maid.” He has toured with Tina Packer’s “Women of Will,” performing it in Prague, The Hague, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and New York City. He won the Best Actor Award for his performance as “Richard III” for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and an Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actor for Boston’s Public Theatre production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf.” His film appearances include “The Last Knight.”
Christine Decker: Queen Eleanor
Ms. Decker was seen earlier this season in the musical “Cabaret” where she received critic and audience acclaim for her performance as Fräulein Schneider, and the recent hit, “Black Comedy.”
Elizabeth Aspenliede: Alais
Elizabeth Aspenlieder just completed her nineteenth season with Shakespeare & Company. Her myriad roles with the company include such plays as “Les Liaisons Dangereues,” “King Lear,” “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” and Joan Ackerman’s “Ice Glen.” She won an Elliot Norton Award Best Solo Award for her performance in “Bad Dates.” Ms. Aspenlieder is originally from Toronto.
Jason Asprey: Geoffrey
Jason Asprey is a longtime member of Shakespeare & Company, appearing in such roles as “Priest,” “Mother of the Maid” “Julius Caesar,” “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” “Accomplice,” “The 39 Steps,” “Parasite Drag,” “The Memory of Water,” “The Winter’s Tale,” “Richard III,” and “Hamlet.” Recent Regional: “Julius Caesar” at Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, “Betrayal” at Nora Theatre, “Einstein’s Dreams” at Culture Project NYC and “Romeo and Juliet” at Swine Palace, and Theatre in England, where he has also worked in TV and film.
Andrew Krug: Richard the Lionhearted
Andrew Krug is an Los Angeles-based actor, hailing from the Pacific Northwest and thrilled to be back in Bennington, Vt. His work with Oldcastle Theatre includes “4000 Miles.” In New York: “The Hunters” (Cherry Lane); “King John” (Tale Told); “The Tower” and “Motherboard” (AntiMatter Collective); “Animals” (Manhattan Rep); “Butterfly Butterfly Kill Kill Kill!” (NY Fringe); “The Saturday Night Saloon” (Vampire Cowboys); “‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore” (Toy Box). Regional: “A Song at Twilight” (Shadowland Theatre); “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” “King Lear,” and “Much Ado About Nothing” (Theater at Monmouth). Training: Ithaca College.
Christopher Restino: John
Christopher Restino has been seen in such Oldcastle productions as “One, Two, Three” and “The Fantasticks,” and with Oldcastle’s Actors’ Express in “The Ugly Duckling.”
Ethan Botwick: The King of France
Ethan Bostwick is a graduate of the Theater Institute at Sage. He has acted with Saratoga Shakespeare, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and the Adrienne Theater. This is his first appearance with Oldcastle.