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The Gin Game
January 7, 2021 - January 10, 2021
Donate from your Heart with suggested levels of $10/single ticket or $20/family
*PURCHASE AND WATCH ANY TIME BETWEEN JANUARY 7 AND JANUARY 10*
Award-winning actors M. Lynda Robinson and Richard McElvain of Boston Reads partner with the Firehouse Center for the Arts and The Actors Studio of Newburyport to present this virtual production in classic readers theater format. The set changes and costumes are minimal with the audience using their imagination to interpret the words of the play.
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.