The Gin Game

The Gin Game

Directed by Ken Gilbert and E. Bonnie Lewis



By D. L. Coburn

Directed by Ken Gilbert and E. Bonnie Lewis
Starring Kathy Marden & Ed Giron

February 2 - 5, 2023

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Gin Game gradually and inevitably cuts to the core of two people coming to terms with their own mortality, what they have left behind and what remains ahead of them.
Kathy Marden and Ed Giron portray Fonsia and Weller, whose lives represent anyone who has dealt with loneliness, isolation, growing older, and wanting to remain relevant. Their games of gin produce a relationship battlefield that is at once strategic, tactical, humorous, engaging, and devastatingly raw.
Kathy Marden (Jake's Women, The City of Conversation, 154 and Paradise) brought the piece to fellow actor Ed Giron (Indy Award for Performance, LA Drama Critics Circle nomination) because of its relevance to the stark realities facing the aging population without resources.
Directors Ken Gilbert and E. Bonnie Lewis, whose DramaDogs Theater Company most recently produced Collected Stories at Center Stage Theater, took on the project because of the need to give audiences an insight into those who are looking at quickly dwindling years in their lives ahead, far less than the years they have left behind.
Even with all the serious topics The Gin Game takes on, it's also highly entertaining and, as one NY Times review put it, " as close as you can get to a duel at ten paces." 

Performance Dates and Times:
Thursday, February 2 at 7:30 PM (Preview)
Friday, February 3 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 4 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, February 4 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 5 at 2:00 PM

Ticket Prices:
General Admission: $21
Student and Senior: $18
Groups ( 10 or more): $15

Preview Ticket Prices: (February 2nd only)
General Admission: $18
Student and Senior: $15

**All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.**

All seating is general admission unless otherwise noted. For all performances, there is limited late seating once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

There are no social distancing requirements in place for seating. There are no vaccine or testing requirements at this time. Masks are encouraged but not required. We are continuing our mitigation efforts. The HVAC system for the theater is set to bring in 100% fresh air. We are using CDC-recommended MERV-13 filters, the air is turned over 7.35 times an hour, and we also have portable HEPA air purifiers and our generous use of hand sanitizer. (thank you to the Santa Barbara Foundation!) All of our staff are fully vaccinated, and performers are either vaccinated or tested negative before performing.

You can use either e-tickets, print-at-home tickets, or request Will Call tickets to be waiting for you at the Box Office. If you have any questions, please email Executive Director Teri Ball at
Thank you to everyone in the community who supported us through this prolonged intermission. We would not still be here without your support.