The Gin Game
written by D.L. Coburn
directed by Robert Buckingham
Fonsia Dorsey, a new resident at a nursing home for senior citizens, meets Weller Martin, a loner and longtime resident at the home. Weller decides to help Fonsia work out the newbie jitters by playing a game of gin rummy. Having never played the game before, Weller teachers Fonsia the basics and she instantly has a case of beginners’ luck. This builds her confidence and hilariously irritates Weller, as he assumed an easy victory. This begins a friendship where the two play gin rummy and discuss their families, money, society, and the outside world. The Gin Game, 1978 Pulitzer Prize winning drama written by D.L. Coburn, is a poignant story of people who fight loneliness, loss, and each other while playing Weller’s favorite game and the only thing that helps counter a lifetime of defeats.
Opening night June 16, 2023 is Gala Night. Each ticket holder receives one free beverage and complimentary hors d'oevres.