The Gin Game

  • Aug 17, 2019 - Sep 29, 2019
  • Sierra Madre Playhouse

The Gin Game by D.L. Coburn
Starring Katherine James and Alan Blumenfeld
Directed by Christian Lebano
Winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize

Sierra Madre Playhouse's Ovation-recommended production returns, this time at Theatricum Botanicum!

Theatricum Botanicum is a vital creative force that has been recognized internationally for its interpretation of Shakespeare’s work. In addition to an annual summer season of 5 repertory plays, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum offers year-round classes to actors of all ages, hosts live music concerts, nurtures budding playwrights, and successfully reaches schools and students across the Greater Los Angeles County with the aim of making live theater bloom for generations to come. 

Theatricum Botanicum is located at 1419 North Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290, and reservations can be made by calling 1-310-455-3723.

Revisit the passion and emotion of the 2018 Sierra Madre Production of The Gin Game, once again starring Katherine James and Alan Blumenfeld!

"Produced with great polish and passion. The visuals are evocative. The performers are impressive...well worth the price of admission!" -Frances Baum Nicholson, Pasadena Star-News

"Brilliant production...meticulous direction by Christian Lebano" ---Don Grigare, BroadwayWorld

“When life deals you a bad hand, do you give up the game?”

It’s Visitor Day at the ‘home for the aged,’ and Weller is playing a solitary game of cards on the sunporch when a tearful Fonsia, troubled by her new environs, seeks a private moment. Weller invites her to a cheerful game of gin rummy to pass the time, but as the days and conversations pass, the game becomes more than either of them anticipate. Through laughter, tears, frustration, and fear, the truth of their lives is dealt. In this tragi-comedy, the upper hand is shuffled between two souls who play their lives out to each other over a well-worn score pad. Starring Katherine James (SMP’s Amanda in The Glass Menagerie) and Alan Blumenfeld (company member A Noise Within and Theatricum Botanicum).

Tickets can be purchased through Theatricum Botanicum at the link at the top of the page, or by calling 1-310-455-3723.


Sierra Madre Playhouse's Ovation-recommended production heads to Topanga Canyon!

SMP's critically-acclaimed production of The Gin Game heads to Theatricum Botanicum! Katherine James and Alan Blumenfeld reprise their roles in this Ovation-recommended show, an honest and passionate lens on aging and relationships that won the 1978 Pulitzer Prize.