John Rafter Lee (Henry II, King of England): Mark Taper Forum –Stuff Happens, Changes of Heart, Arcadia, Homebody/Kabul. A Noise Within – Engaged, Three Sisters. The Road Theatre – An American Romance. South Coast Rep – Dumb Show. Old Globe – Scotland Road. In Seattle – Rat in the Skull, Hamlet, Warrior, The Real Thing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Caretaker, Noises Off, Waiting for Godot, Misalliance. Hundreds of audiobooks narrated including the works of Orhan Pahmuk, Ken Follett and James Joyce’s Ulysses.
Diane Hurley (Eleanor of Aquitaine): Miss Hurley has been a member of The Pacific Resident Theatre for the last fifteen years. She has appeared in the PRT main stage productions of Fata Morgana, Orpheus Descending, A Delicate Balance, Big Love, Tonight At 8:30, The Swan, and The Master Builder. She toured nationally with Nine The Musical as Louisa Contini directed by Tommy Tune and The Gingerbread Lady starring the amazing Shelley Winters. A graduate of The Goodman Theater, and a native of Chicago, she performed in Bag Time directed by Robert Falls, A Little Night Music, Kiss Me Kate, A Flea In Her Ear, The Seagull, A Far Country and Three Sisters. She has received The Sarrah Siddons Award and nominations from The Joseph Jefferson Awards and The Robby Awards. She is delighted to finally be under the direction of Michael Cooper, a dream long overdue. She is grateful to her three children who have always supported her in making her dreams come true.
Alison Lani (Alais Capet): Alison makes her LA stage debut in “The Lion in Winter” since moving from Chicago where she performed at First Folio Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Writer’s Theatre, Redmoon Theatre, and, most notably, as Laura in The Cleveland Playhouse’s production of “The Glass Menagerie” opposite Linda Purl. In addition to her work in independent film, television, and commercials, Alison just wrote and produced the web series, “Burning Bridges”. Many thanks to her loving and supportive family, to Michael for giving her this opportunity, and to an amazing cast.
James Weeks (John): James Weeks is a graduate of Kenyon College; he also trained at the Atlantic, the American Conservatory Theater (SF), the Neighborhood Playhouse, and the Antaeus Academy. He was last seen onstage in Cymbeline at Theatrum Elysium, and Vodka & Eurydice at the Mirror Theatre. Recent film includes: Casey Visits LA, No Man’s Paradise, and Dirty Laundry. You can also catch James online, in the web series Bite Sized. He is very excited to be working with such a wonderful cast and crew at the Sierra Madre Playhouse.
Clay Bunker (Geoffrey): Clay Bunker received his MFA in acting at Southern Methodist University. His stage work includes major roles in King Lear, Twelfth Night, She Stoops To Conquer, Misalliance, Stuff Happens, And Then There Were None, Unmerciful Good Fortune (directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera), and many others. His film and television appearances include Atlas Shrugged, The Sleepless Night, Trouble In Zion, and General Hospital. Clay is a member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. www.claybunker.com
Adam Burch (Richard): Adam is incredibly excited to make his debut at the Sierra Madre playhouse in such a fantastic project. Other theatre in Los Angeles includes the Ovation Nominated Breaking the Code with the Prod. Co, After the Autumn and Twelfth Night with the Vanguard Rep., The Importance of Being Earnest at Theatre Banshee, Macbeth and The Tempest at the MET Theatre, Measure for Measure and The King Stag at A Noise Within. Adam was assistant to Director Randall Arney (Steppenwolf) for the West Coast premiere of the Tony Award Winning Richard Greenberg play Take Me Out and assistant to legendary producer Gilbert Cates in his revival of Paint Your Wagon, both at the Geffen Playhouse. He is a Graduate of UC San Diego as well as BADA’s Midsummer in Oxford program and A Noise Within’s professional internship.
MacLeish Day (Philip, King of France): MacLeish Day is elated to debut in The Lion In Winter at Sierra Madre Playhouse. Theatre credits include: Cowboy vs. Samurai (Artists at Play) To Kill a Mockingbird and Boeing Boeing (Repertory East Playhouse) Carousel and Mystery of Edwin Drood (Sierra Repertory Theatre), Sound of Music (3-D Theatricals), How To Succeed in Business (Colorado Light Opera), The Musicals The Old and New (Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center), Sweet Charity (ICA award for Best Actor in A Musical), The King and I, Titanic, Last 5 Years, Oklahoma, Anything Goes and The Interlopers. Film/TV: Broken at Love, Vegas (CBS), Baggage with Jerry Springer, Meth Head w/Lukas Haas, The Highwayman w/Martin Kove and PBS’s An Air Force Christmas. He Holds a BA in Musical Theatre at University of Northern Colorado and trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. This show is dedicated to my dear friend Mantha and my mom for their loving help and support. MacLeish is member of Actors’ Equity Association.