The Gin Game
A card game as a metaphor for life
By D.L. Corbin
Performances: July 14-30 2023, Fri,Sat 7:30 pm/Sun 3:00 pm
Location: Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Drive, Tualatin OR
Directed by Linda Morris Talluto
Photos by Beth Moore
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This winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, which originally starred Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn and was later revived with Julie Harris and Charles Durning, uses a card game as a metaphor for life. Weller Martin is playing solitaire on the porch of a seedy nursing home. Enter Fonsia Dorsey, a prim, self-righteous lady. They discover they both dislike the home and enjoy gin rummy, so they begin to play and to reveal intimate details of their lives. Fonsia wins every time, and their secrets become weapons used against one another. Weller longs for a victory to counter a lifetime of defeats, but it doesn’t happen. He leaves the stage a broken man, and Fonsia realizes her self-righteous rigidity has led to an embittered, lonely, old age.
Please note that this show has some strong language and anger expressed by the characters, and it could cause discomfort with some audience members.
The Gin Game is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com
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This project is supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Cultural
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