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Calendar >  “The Lion In Winter” Opens Thursday at the Avo Playhouse

“The Lion In Winter” Opens Thursday at the Avo Playhouse

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Moonlight Stage Productions – Opens 35th Anniversary Year with THE LION IN WINTER – at the AVO Playhouse = January 15 – February 1

VISTA, CA — “Every family has its ups and downs.” The royal family at the center of James Goldman’s play THE LION IN WINTER is no exception. This classic tale of sibling rivalry and deception opens Moonlight Stage Productions 2015 Winter Season at the AVO Playhouse with performances January 15 – February 1.
The legendary story of King Henry II of England and the battle between his fiercely competitive sons to become the next in line is a modern day classic. Completing the dysfunctional family circle is the King’s banished Queen, the notorious Eleanor of Aquitaine, herself a prisoner for raising an army to dethrone her husband. The equally competitive King Philip of France enters the drama and the two countries find themselves on the brink of war at the whim of England’s power hungry royal family.

Directing and starring in the production as King Henry is Jason Heil. Joining him onstage is Zackary Bonin as Richard Lionheart,Benjamin Cole as Geoffrey, Dagmar Krause Fields as Eleanor,Alex Guzman as Philip, Reed Lievers as John and Katie Sapperas Alais.

The production staff includes N. Dixon Fish (Scenic Design), Paul A. Canaletti, Jr. (Lighting Design), Jim Zadai (Sound Design),Roslyn Lehman and Renetta Lloyd (Costume Design), Bonnie Durben (Properties) and Eden Michel (Stage Manager).

About the Cast

ZACKARY BONIN (Richard Lionheart) Moonlight debut. Credits include: Henry V, Henry IV pt. 1&2, Mary Stuart, Merchant of Venice, Every Christmas Story Ever Told, As You Like It (Shakespeare in the Vines), Shining City, Edgar and Annabel (ion theatre), As You Like It, The Tempest (New Village Arts), King Lear (Patio Playhouse), The Cherry Orchard, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Palomar College).

BENJAMIN COLE (Geoffrey) Moonlight debut. Ben is proud to be the Artistic Associate for North Coast Repertory Theatre. Recent local acting credits include: Ether Dome (La Jolla Playhouse); Faded Glory, Who Am I This Time? (North Coast Repertory Theatre); The Foreigner (Lamb’s Players Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Intrepid Shakespeare); Punk Rock (ion theatre); Coming Attractions (Moxie Theatre). Education: MFA in Acting from WIU, BFA in Acting/Directing from CMU, Ireland study abroad from NYU.

DAGMAR KRAUSE FIELDS (Eleanor) is thrilled to return to the AVO Playhouse where she appeared last season in Blithe Spirit as Madame Arcati. Moonlight credits: Anything Goes, Evangeline Harcourt and Crazy for You, Lottie Child. AVO Playhouse credits include: Leading Ladies, The Mousetrap, Mrs. Boyle, Barefoot in the Park, Mrs. Banks, The Foreigner, Magic Fire, Hay Fever, and Radio Gals. Favorites elsewhere: Night of the Iguana, Southwestern College; Dining Room, Scripps Ranch; Morning’s at Seven, Amy’s View, Man of La Mancha, Last Night of Ballyhoo, and Auntie Mame, North Coast Repertory Theatre; Into the Woods, Lambs Players; American Dream, Renaissance Productions; Night Must Fall, Hamlet, and Home with Octad One; The Fritz, Starlight Opera, and The Old Globe among others.

ALEX GUZMAN (Philip) Moonlight debut. He was last seen performing in Moxie Theatre’s production of ENRON, and last year’s San Diego Fringe Festival award winning testimonial play, The MENding Monologues (Innermission Productions). Favorite roles include Carter in Fat Pig (Aubrey Award winner), Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and Louis in Angels in America Part 1 & 2.

JASON HEIL (Henry II) is happy to return as an actor to the AVO Playhouse, where he made his San Diego acting debut as Elliot in The Goodbye Girl. San Diego credits at La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, San Diego Rep, Cygnet Theatre Company, North Coast Rep, Compass Theatre, Moonlight Stage Productions, Starlight Theatre, and 16 productions with Lamb’s Players Theatre. Other regional credits include Arkansas & Tennessee Repertory Theatres, A.C.T., A Noise Within, Capital Stage & nine seasons with the Utah, Lake Tahoe, Marin, & Texas Shakespeare Festivals. Favorite roles include Christian in Cyrano de Bergerac, Gary in Noises Off, Joe in Angels in America, Karl/Steve in Clybourne Park, Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls, Giorgio in Passion and Sir Robert in The Winslow Boy.

REED LIEVERS (John) Moonlight debut. Some of his favorite roles include Huck in Big River (CYC) and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors (CYC). He also has competed as a Finalist in the Spoken Word category at the 2013 Globe Honors event.

KATIE SAPPER (Alais) Moonlight debut. Past credits: Crystal in Kingdom City (La Jolla Playhouse) and Ivy Robinson in bare: a Pop Opera (Diversionary). Graduated with a B.A. in Musical Theatre from Saint Mary’s University of MN. Favorite shows there include Urinetown (Hope), Playboy of the Western World (Pegeen Mike), Necessary Targets (Azra), and The 25th…Putnam Country Spelling Bee (Logainne).

Performances of THE LION IN WINTER are Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm. Following each Friday night performance, an informal “Talk Back” with the cast will be held. The AVO Playhouse is located at 303 Main Street in Vista.


Tickets are priced $24 – $32 and are on sale now at the VisTix box office, by phone at 760.724.2110 and online atmoonlightstage.com.

The Moonlight’s 25th Winter Season continues with the San Diego premiere of SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM (February 12 – March 1) and ANNA IN THE TROPICS (March 12 – 29).

Moonlight Stage Productions is the cultural arts program of the City of Vista and is produced in partnership with the Moonlight Cultural Foundation. For more information, call 760.724.2110 or visitmoonlightstage.com.






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