The Lion in Winter

By James Goldman

Directed by John Gulley

August 8 – September 14              

Tuesdays – Sundays 8 pm

It’s Christmas 1183 and sibling rivalry, adultery, and intrigue abound in this modern day classic that chronicles the personal and political conflicts of Henry II, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their children as they all stake their claim for the throne.

Age Guide: 13+

August 8th Best Value Preview

August 9th   Official Opening with Party

August 26th    Best Value

September 9th  Pay-What-You-Wish

“Cape May Stage’s “The Lion in Winter” is as artistically rewarding as it is theatrically entertaining.” TERRY TEACHOUT-WSJ JOURNAL

“Cape May Stage has a long history of mounting well-directed small-scale productions of well-chosen small-cast plays in this seaside resort town at the southern tip of the Jersey Shore. I’ve seen the company do John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt” and Theresa Rebeck’s “The Understudy,” in both cases to memorable effect, and this revival is fully as pleasing as its predecessors.’ -TERRY TEACHOUT-WALL STREET JOURNAL

“Mr. Steinberg, who doubles as Cape May Stage’s artistic director, and Ms. Lustik, his real-life wife, lead the outstanding cast, delivering their sharp-toothed dialogue with lip-smacking relish. I wouldn’t want to have to choose between them for best-in-show honors.” TERRY TEACHOUT-WALL STREET JOURNAL


Roy Steinberg (Henry II)

Roy Steinberg (Henry II) has played the title roles in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, “King Lear” and “Richard III”.  He also played opposite Academy Award winner Christopher Walken and Tony Award winner Tony Shalhoub in “Measure for Measure” directed by John Madden who directed “Shakespeare in Love”.  He has performed in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Hamlet”, “Henry IV – Parts One and Two” as well as “The Tempest” and “Julius Caesar” (directed by Alvin Epstein of the Guthrie Theatre).  Mr. Steinberg played opposite Academy Award winner William Hurt in “The Rimers of Eldritch” at the International Drama Festival in Ireland and made his Broadway debut in the Tony-nominated play “Wings” with Tony Award winner Constance Cummings.  He has performed at the Kennedy Center, New York Public Theatre, Santa Fe Festival Theatre and Yale Repertory.  He has been seen at Cape May Stage in “Barefoot in the Park”, “Lend Me A Tenor” and “Red”.  Roy Steinberg is also a director, teacher, and a producer with four Emmy nominations and numerous awards. He’s thrilled to be playing opposite his real-life wife, Marlena Lustik and they give thanks to their daughter Dr. Alexa Steinberg for keeping them relatively sane during all of these theatrical productions. MFA Yale School of Drama

Amanda Forstrom (Alais)

Amanda is thrilled to be making her Cape May Stage debut!  Off-Broadway: The Irondale Ensemble: Julius Caesar, Color Between The Lines;  REGIONAL: Shakespeare Theatre Company: Tartuffe;  Folger Theatre:Timon of Athens, Sense and Sensibility (Winner of 4 Helen Hayes Awards)Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night;  Round House Theatre: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley; The Virginia Shakespeare Festival: Hamlet, Cymbeline.  Keegan Theatre: Top Girls, Picasso at the Lapin Agile. 1stStage: The Farnsworth Invention, Trevor (HHA Nom for Outstanding Production).  Constellation Theatre: The Caucasian Chalk Circle; Taffety Punk Theatre Company: The Tempest, Charm, Bloody Poetry, Titus Andronicus; Rorschach Theatre: Very Still & Hard To See, (HHA Nom, Outstanding Production).  TELEVISION: Newswatch, News Around America.  FILM: Redemption, UNION.

Isaac Josephthal (John)

Thrilled to be a part of this production in beautiful Cape May. Recent stage credits include Public Enemy (The Pearl Theatre Co., dir. Hal Brooks), The Ugly One (A.R.T./New York, dir. Miles Mandwelle), the American premiere of Lars Von Trier’s Dogville (Tisch, dir. Robert O’Hara), the European tour of Jean Genet’s Splendid’s (Central Dramatique National Orléans, dir. Arthur Nauzyciel), and the French tour of Julius Caesar (Théâtre National de Bretagne, dir. Arthur Nauzyciel). Isaac will be rejoining Caesar in 2019 when it tours the states. T.V./Film: Big Dogs, Read Aloud. BFA: NYU/Tisch. Isaac resides in Brooklyn with his two cats, Lucy and Jurä. This one is for them.

Aaron Kitchin (Geoffrey)

Aaron Kitchin is an actor, writer, and producer.  He has worked extensively in regional theatre at the likes of Capital Stage, Sacramento Theatre Company, Jewish Circle Theatre, and the New Conservatory Theatre Center, amongst others. Film: In a New York Minute. He’s glad to be working with Cape May Stage this summer. To find out more about what he’s up to check out Oh, and you should totally follow him on Instagram at @aaron.kitchin. Proud member of AEA. 

Tyler Miles (Richard Lionheart)

This is Tyler’s Cape May Stage debut in Lion In Winter. Tyler was born and raised in Portland Oregon and recently finished an M.A. at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic art in Classical Acting after which he relocated to New York to pursue acting full time. Some of Tyler’s favorite roles while at LAMDA include Richard III (Richard III), Soranzo (‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore) and Dionyza (Pericles). Tyler’s television credits include Grimm (NBC) on which he was killed off not once but twice, which we hope doesn’t indicate being trouble to work with on set, as well as Camp Abercorn (Pilot) in which Tyler managed to stay very much alive for the entire one episode run. Tyler is thrilled to be able to share this piece of work with you this evening in what will no doubt be a wonderful evening of theatre.

Marlena Lustik (Eleanor of Aquitaine)

Marlena Lustik (Eleanor of Aquitaine) made her debut on Broadway in Foxy with Bert Lahr.  Other Broadway credits include Pousse Café and Days in the Trees.  Off-Broadway she appeared in the original award-winning productions of The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  Regional theatre credits include The Long Wharf Theatre, The Goodspeed Opera House and the Kennedy Center working with artists like Kevin Spacey, David Strayhorn, Peter Sellars, John Tillinger, Sada Thompson, Jan Maxwell and Colleen Dewhurst. She has done numerous commercials and was nominated for a CLIO.  Television and film credits include Rodeo Red and the Runaway, With All Deliberate Speed, roles on Another World and One Life to Live and the cult films My Brother Has Problems and Times Square. Last season Marlena was Aoife Muldoon in Outside Mullingar. In previous seasons she has played Mrs. Banks barefoot in the Park, Mrs. Gottlieb in Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Silda in Other Desert Cities, Julia in Lend Me a Tenor, Berthe in Boeing Boeing, Lillian in I Hate Hamlet and Ouiser in Steel Magnolias.  Thrilled as always to be on stage with Roy Steinberg and thanks to my daughter Alexa for attempting to keep me sane when I am acting.

Sam Saint Ours (Phillip)

Sam Saint Ours is fresh out of the woods after spending the past four months hiking the Appalachian Trail, and so excited to be returning to Cape May Stage for this role! In addition to performing in Cape May last year in Billy Bishop Goes to War (Narrator)past credits include Once (Swing/Guitar tech), Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure (White Rabbit), The Wild Party (Guitar), and The Aliens(Jasper). All thanks in the world to Mom, Dad, my bazillion siblings, and our Mother Earth. Furthermore, none of this would be possible without the amazing arts education Sam received through the public school system, so a huge amount of gratitude goes out to all of America’s public educators, professors, and mentors. Go Dukes!


John Gulley (Director)

John Gulley teaches acting and directing in the School of Theatre at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Professional credits include many productions at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida (where he served as the Resident Director); the Off-Broadway world premiere of Trophies by John Wooten; several productions at TheatreFest in Upper Montclair, NJ, (including The Trip to Bountiful, starring Ellen Burstyn, and Master Class starring Leslie Uggams); and multiple productions at Cape May Stage! He directed CMS’s very first production, Gardner McKay’s Sea Marks, in 1989. John’s thrilled to be back at Cape May Stage to help celebrate its 30th anniversary! He received his BA in Theatre from Wake Forest and his MFA in Directing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Amy Hadam (Production Stage Manager)

Is so thrilled to be back for her third season! Past Cape May Stage credits include: The Whipping ManSex with StrangersBarefoot in the ParkDisgracedBuyer & CellarOne Christmas CarolBilly Bishop Goes to WarThe Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Gin GameOutside Mullingar, and The Ultimate Christmas Show. She is also the Education Director here at Cape May Stage. Amy has also been the Stage Manager for Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre (Summit, NJ) since 2013, recent credits include: Continuing the ConversationWhat StaysThings Being What They Are, and Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told By Himself). Other credits include: 21: The Musical (NYC), Jekyll & Hyde and Spamalot at Surflight Theatre (Beach Haven, NJ), A Piece of My Heart and Janey Miller’s World Tour at Speranza Theatre Company (Jersey City, NJ), Miss Witherspoon and The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler at The Theater Project (Maplewood, NJ), and Talking to Westfield and At Liberty Hall at Premiere Stages (Union, NJ). Amy is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. 

Meg Dowling (Assistant Stage Manager)

Meg is excited to be returning to Cape May Stage for a second season! She is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University with a B.A. in Theatre. Cape May Stage credits include Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Gin Game; Outside Mullingar; and A Christmas Carol: The Radio Play. NEW YORK credits include Henry V (New York Classical); School for Husbands (New York Classical); New York Innovative Theatre Awards; Brilliant Traces (Rising Sun); and Good Night Lovin’ Trail (Rising Sun). REGIONAL credits: Jesus Christ Superstar (Seven Angels Theatre); He Wrote Good Songs (Seven Angels); Room of My Own (Seven Angels); The First Fifty Years (East Lynne); Closer Than Ever (Mazeppa); and Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon(People’s Light). Meg is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Special thanks to our great team here at Cape May Stage and to Mom, Dad, Chris, and Jess for your never-ending love and support.

Sera Bourgeau (Costume Design)

Is thrilled to be returning to Cape May Stage, as the 2018 Resident Costume Designer! While always a Cape May local at heart, Sera is currently based in New York City, and has spent much of the last decade designing and working at theatres all over the country. Selected Regional Credits: Outside Mullingar (Cape May Stage), Intimate Apparel (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center), A Chorus Line (Mill Mountain Theatre), Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat (World Premiere, Adirondack Theatre Festival), Knights of the Sales Office (ATF), Nickel Mines (Off Broadway New York Musical Theatre Festival), Turn of the Screw (Theater at Monmouth), Still Life With Iris (Long Wharf Theatre). Selected Other Credits: Pericles: Prince of Tyre(Guest Artist, University of New Hampshire), Woyzeck (University of California – Irvine), Nickel Mines(World Premiere, UC Irvine), Tellin’ Tales (Little Red Wagon Summer Tour), Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will? (HCAF Point Theatre). MFA: University of California, Irvine. BA: University of New Hampshire.

Mary Kate Smyser(Sound Design)

is excited to be returning Cape May Stage for this season as the Sound Designer. Regional credits include: Cape May Stage 2017 Season, Hand to God (Philadelphia Theatre Company – Associate Sound Designer), Hetty Feather (Delaware Theatre Company – Associate Sound Designer and Sound Engineer), Hillary and Clinton (Philadelphia Theatre Company – Assistant Sound Designer), The Secret Garden (The Arden Theatre Company – Assistant Sound Designer), A Christmas Carol (Delaware Theatre Company – Sound Engineer), TouchTones, A Doll’s House, Snow White (The Arden Theatre Company – Sound Engineer), The Tempest (Lantern Theatre Company – Sound Engineer), Really (Theatre Exile – Sound Engineer), Chicago: A 50th Anniversary Concert (Temple University – Sound Designer and Engineer). Thank you to Roy and Marlena and the rest of the Cape May Stage community for having her back this season.

Heather Crocker (Lighting Design)

Heather Crocker(Lighting Design) is York-based based lighting and projections designer and is thrilled to be returning to Cape May Stage this season. She received her MFA in Theatre Design and Technology (Lighting/Projections Design) from the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 2015. Cape May Stage lighting credits: Billy Bishop Goes to War and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. Other lighting design credits include; Murder For Two (Lyric Stage Company of Boston), The Master Builder (Colby College, ME), Over the River and Through the Woods, West Side Story (City Theatre, ME), End Days (Voice Theatre, NY), The Nether, Kimberly Akimbo, Vigils, The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Mad Horse Theatre Company, ME), The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Almost, Maine (UMKC Theatre), Little Women (UMKC Conservatory of Opera), Number the Stars (Coterie Theatre, KC), Projections design credits include: Freedom Rider (UMKC Theatre),  Ragtime, and Chess at Gallery Players in Brooklyn, NY.

Leah Mazur(Set Design)

Leah Mazur received her MFA from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. She is a freelance Scenographer and Assistant Professor of Scenography at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She has worked professionally in the Chicago lakeshore and Kansas City areas. Select design credits include the costume designs for Spring Awakening, Amadeus, Hand to God, and Eclipsed; scenic designs for Spring Awakening, Nora, Little Women, The Broadway Musial, and Next to Normal; and lighting designs for Angel street and next to Normal. Upcoming projects include the scenic and lighting designs for Graceland with Canterbury Summer Theatre, as well as the scenic design for The Lion in Winter at Cape May Stage in Cape May, New Jersey.

James Goldman (playwright)

James Goldman was an American playwright, novelist, and screenwriter, honored with an Academy Award for the screen adaptation of his own play The Lion in Winter. He is also the author of the screenplays for Robin and Marion, Nicholas and Alexandra, and White Nights. Mr. Goldman’s first play on Broadway was a comedy about life in the army, Blood, Sweat, and Stanley Poole (1961), written with his brother William. Other work for the stage includes A Family Affair, a collaboration with John Kander; Follies, a collaboration with Stephen Sondheim; Oliver Twist, Anna Karenina, Anatasia: The Mystery of Anna, and Tolstoy. Mr. Goldman’s novels include The Man from Greek and Roman(1974), Myself as Witness(1980), and Fulton County(1989).