The gin game

Author: D. Coburn
Translation: E. Amanshayev
Genre: Tragicomedy
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Age category: +7

Stage - director: E. Amanshayev, Merited figure of the RK
Director: A. Kakisheva, Merited figure of the RK
Scenic designer: B. Zhandayev
Composer: A. Raiymkulova, Merited figure of the RK
Assistant director: А. Kabdeshova



The play of the famous American playwright Donald Coburn, requiring filigree acting, staged in many theaters of the world, and for the first time on the stage of the Kazakh theater.

Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey, two elderly residents at a nursing home for senior citizens, strike up an acquaintance. Neither seems to have any other friends, and they start to enjoy each other's company. Weller offers to teach Fonsia how to play gin rummy, and they begin playing a series of games that Fonsia always wins. Weller's inability to win a single hand becomes increasingly frustrating to him, while Fonsia becomes increasingly confident.

While playing their games of gin, they engage in lengthy conversations about their families and their lives in the outside world. Gradually, each conversation becomes a battle, much like the ongoing gin games, as each player tries to expose the other's weaknesses, to belittle the other's life, and to humiliate the other thoroughly.

Premiere: May 3, 2012.

Roles and performers:
Veller Martin
T.Aralbai
B.Kaptagai
Fonsia Dorsey
R.Khadzhieva
Woman
M.Otekeshova
G.Zhakipova
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