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The Wimberley Players Present The Gin Game at the Greenhouse Theatre in Wimberley, Texas
The Gin Game opens on January 20, 2006 with the traditional opening night complimentary champagne buffet afterward and runs each weekend through February 5th.
Photograph of Wimberley Players by Jim Gillock
The Wimberley Players will open the 2006 season at the Greenhouse Theatre in Woodcreek on January 20 with their production of D. L. Coburn's Pulitzer Prize winning two character play The Gin Game. Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey, elderly residents of a retirement home, form a friendship at the card tables where Weller teaches Fonsia, a novice, how to play the game of gin in their friendly and amusing first encounter. When Fonsia goes on to win that first game, the second and third, and continues to win game after game, Weller's good sportsmanship wears thin, and a situation that had seemed made for romance begins to falter.

The Gin Game opened in New York in 1977 and starred Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn. It was revived 20 years later in 1997 with Julie Harris and Charles Durning in the roles of Fonsia and Weller and again enjoyed great success. The Wimberley Players production stars Diane Hruska Fowler as Fonsia Dorsey and Bill Phillips as Weller Martin. Diane has credits in theatre, commercials and a co-starring role in the award winning television soap opera Silvertime. She has appeared in a number of Wimberley Players productions including The Trip to Bountiful, Anything Goes and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Bill Phillips's credits include the role of Cardinal Wolsey in the Austin Playhouse production of A Man for All Seasons, and roles in two recent Greenhouse Theatre productions, On Golden Pond and The Sloth.

First produced in a small theatre in Los Angeles in the fall of 1976, a good review brought The Gin Game to the attention of The Actors Theatre of Louisville where it was one of the first productions in what has become that company's festival of new plays. When The Gin Game opened on Broadway, it was an immediate hit, garnering four Tony nominations and a best actress award for Jessica Tandy. After 516 performances in New York, the play went on tour in the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union.

The Gin Game opens on January 20 with the traditional opening night complimentary champagne buffet afterward. It runs on weekends through February 5. Reservations can be made anytime day or night by calling (512) 847-0575 or in person at the Wimberley Players box office in the Ozona Motor Bank lobby in Wimberley. The box office is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday beginning January 16. All tickets are $13.00 and both Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

(This play contains strong language. It is not suitable for children.)


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