THE GIN GAME
Written by Donald L. Coburn
Directed by Elsie Ritchie, Assistant Director: Linda Ragan
Fonsia Dorsey…..Victoria Graham Weller Martin….Bob Koroluck
“A thoroughly entertaining lesson in the fine art of theatrical finesse. The closest thing the theatre offers to a duel at 10 paces.” – The New Yorker
The Gin Game , by D. L. Coburn, uses a card game as a metaphor for life. At the opening of this1978 Pulitzer Prize winning play, 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 nursing home and enjoy gin rummy , so they begin to play and reveal intimate details about 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.
Bus Stop cast
Tyler Williams — Bo Decker Kaxia Wilkins– Cherie
Saralynette Ballard– Cherie (understudy)
Bill Collins — Virgil
Bill Siemer– Will Masterson (Sheriff)
John Welsh– Dr. Lyman
Tammy Jones — Grace
Carly Sinclair — Elma
Darryll Alvey– Carl
In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and four or five weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning. Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse in a sparkling gown and a seedy fur-trimmed jacket, is the passenger with most to worry about. She’s been pursued, made love to and finally kidnapped by a twenty-one-year-old cowboy with a ranch of his own and the romantic methods of an unusually headstrong bull. The belligerent cowhand is right behind her, ready to sling her over his shoulder and carry her, alive and kicking, all the way to Montana.