Robert Moss will stage the production that officially opens June 29 for a run through July 13 on The Fitzpatrick Main Stage.
The cast will also feature Christian Coulson ("Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets") as Philip, Tara Franklin (The Puppetmaster of Lodz) as Alais, Tommy Schrider (War Horse) as Geoffrey and CJ Wilson (A Steady Rain, All American) as Richard.
Here's how it is billed: "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."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.