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An aging king hopes to leave a unified realm behind him, but his three quarrelsome sons have other ideas. The Newtowne Players' production of “The Lion in Winter” by James Goldman illuminates the struggle for power within a family and a kingdom as ambitious young men seek to succeed their father, Henry II of England.

The ruthlessness of the family's three scions “makes 'The Lion in Winter' a riveting drama leavened by a healthy dose of humor,” according to the Newtowne Players.

Opening night is 8 p.m. March 8, featuring free tasting of wines from Port of Leonardtown Winery beginning at 7 p.m. On March 9, half an hour of music from the Celtic Society of Southern Maryland will begin at 7:30 p.m., with the play beginning at 8.

The play will then run Thursdays through Sundays until March 24; Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances start at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3:30. On March 17, St. Patrick's Day, get a free snack from the concession stand by wearing green. Performances are held at Three Notch Theatre on 21744 South Coral Drive in Lexington Park.

The troupe warns that some material may not be suitable for children.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students, seniors and those with military IDs, except Thursdays, when all tickets are $10. Reservations are recommended but not required. Call 301-737-5447, or go to www.newtowneplayers.org.

Secrets of a plantation revealed

See the hidden crannies of the historic Sotterley Plantation house, including the kitchen and private chambers served by the rear staircase. The “From the Ground Up” tour includes hidden rooms of the 1703 mansion and special collections usually closed to the public. Presented by Sotterley's restoration manager, the tour will reveal how the structure was built and what the various spaces tell us about the history of the house.

Tours start at 1 and 3 p.m. March 9 at the museum at 44300 Sotterley Lane in Hollywood, and are limited to 16 people each. Snow date is March 23. Participants must be at least 13 years old, and reservations are required at a cost of $15 per person. Walking is required. Purchase tickets at www.sotterley.org.

Meet the minds behind beautiful things

Chat with four local ceramicists at a free artists reception from 5 to 8 p.m. March 9 at CalvART Gallery, located in the Prince Frederick Center at the intersection of routes 231 and 4. The exhibition comprises the work of Amanda Willis, Randy Estabrook, Denise Breitburg and Ray Bogle.

Breitburg, a marine biologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, features marine life in some of her work.

“Everything about pottery is magical — from the hypnotic spin of the potters wheel, to the transformation of a shapeless lump to a graceful shape, to the mystery of colors appearing in the heat of the kiln,” she wrote on the CalvART website.

The show will run until March 31 during the gallery's normal hours, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. CalvART Gallery offers regular showings of new art by its members and special exhibits by nonmembers. Go to www.calvartgallery.org, or call 410-535-9252.