October 22–25, 2020
Our 30th Anniversary Season!
THE GIN GAMEWritten by D.L. Coburn
Directed by Debra Lee Failla
Costume Design by Megan Morello
Lighting Design by Jamie Lajoie
Props by Martha Dombroski
Production Stage Manager Jan Ursone
Stage Manager Tommy DeSalvo
Assistant Stage Manager Kelly Nayden
THE GIN GAME, written by D.L. Coburn, provides a perfect transition for Curtain Call to return to live, in-person productions, now that capacity restrictions have made this two-person show possible. The story of Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey meeting on the porch of their nursing home, is a powerfully bittersweet comedy. Over a series of gin games, they discover that they both dislike the home and enjoy gin rummy. As they expose their ailments, misfortunes, and losses in funny, honest and sometimes, heated exchanges, they reveal intimate details of their lives. And one of them has a tendency to win every game!
Besides winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, THE GIN GAME also took home two Tony Awards and has become known as a “star vehicle” for couples such as Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore, E.G. Marshall and Maureen Stapleton, and James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson, to name a few who followed Cronyn and Tandy. Curtain Call has its own stars in married couple, Gail and Ted Yudain. The two have appeared in countless productions throughout Fairfield County, New York City and more, as well as at Curtain Call.
According to director Failla, “Yes, the play is as simple as it sounds, two people playing gin, but when you look deeper you see two lonely, elderly people who have been abandoned by society and their families, who are trying to connect with another human being. In the course of the play they reveal things about themselves, things that they bring out of each other, and they are forced to confront some not so simple facts about how they've lived their lives and what effect that's had on them.”