RUBICON THEATRE COMPANY
In association with Mary Ann Cohen
JoBETH WILLIAMS and JOE SPANO in
Set and Lighting Designer
T. Theresa Scarano
Assistant Set and Lighting Designer
Brian C. Staton
David Elzer/Demand PR
Running Time: approximately two hours
There will be one 15-minute intermission
The Gin Game is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.
*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association, the professional union for actors and stage managers in the United States
**Denotes member of United Scenic Artists United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE is the union representing Scenic, Costume, Lighting, Sound and Projection Designers in Live Performance.
+Denotes member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC).
The action takes place on the sun porch of the Bentley Nursing Home, and is the same throughout the play.
Scene 1: Sunday afternoon, visitors’ day, Springtime.
Scene 2: Sunday afternoon, one week later.
Scene 1: The following evening shortly after dinner.
Scene 2: The following Sunday afternoon.
JoBETH WILLIAMS (Fonsia) has made over thirty films, including “Poltergeist I & II,” “The Big Chill,” “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “Switch,” “Stir Crazy,” “American Dreamer,” “Fever Pitch”, and “The Big Year” with Steve Martin. Her television credits include series leads in “Payne” with John Laroquette, John Grisham’s “The Client,” “Your Family or Mine” with Richard Dreyfuss, and recurring roles on “Private Practice,” and “Marry Me,” among many others. Television movies include “Adam,” “Baby M,” “My Name is Bill W” with James Garner, “The Day After,” and others. In NY theatre, she has starred in Annie Baker’s Body Awareness at the Atlantic, Last Dance at Manhattan Theatre Club, and The Vagina Monologues, Moonchildren, Lady House Blues, A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking, and Gardenia by John Guare. Her regional credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at McCarter, Idiot’s Delight (with Stacy Keach) at the Kennedy Center, Antony and Cleopatra at the Old Globe and many others. In Los Angeles, she has starred in Jane Anderson’s The Quality of Life (with Laurie Metcalf) at the Geffen, Other Desert Cities at the Taper, Halley Feiffer’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Geffen, The Night is a Child at Pasadena Playhouse and The Fall To Earth at the Odyssey. Ms. Williams has been nominated for three Emmys, two Golden Globes, and an Oscar for directing the short film “On Hope.”
JOE SPANO (Weller) is an Emmy Award-winning actor in his 19th season as Tobias Fornell on the series “NCIS.” Joe starred for 7 years as Lt. Henry Goldblume on “Hill Street Blues.” He also starred in the series “Mercy Point,” “Amazing Grace,” “Murder One”, “NYPD Blue” and in 20 films made for television. He has guest-starred on 38 episodic television shows. He has appeared in 30 feature films, including “Hart’s War,” “Primal Fear,” “Apollo 13,” “American Graffiti,” “Hollywoodland,” “Fracture” and “Frost/Nixon.” New York stage credits include the Roundabout Theatre Company production of Arthur Miller’s, The Price (Tony nominated for Best Revival). West Coast credits include multiple roles over ten seasons with Berkeley Rep, of which he is a founding member; American Buffalo, (L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award); School for Scandal, Speed the Plow and A Chorus of Disapproval for South Coast Rep; and Bill Cain’s Equivocation at the Geffen. At The Rubicon, Joe has appeared in Sylvia, Waiting for Godot, R. Buckminster Fuller: The History…and MYSTERY of the Universe (Ovation Award), Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Cormac McCarthy’s Sunset Limited, Karyl Lynn Burns’ beautiful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg (also at the Laguna Playhouse) and most recently a staged reading of Gin Game. Pandemic work includes two new zoom plays and Gin Game, again, all with JoBeth Williams; A Song, a new play about race in America, directed by Chris Butler, for the Rubicon, a new play with (and by) Arlene Hutton, author of the beloved Nibroc Trilogy and Insulted, a play by Belarus playwright, Andrei Kureichik, at the Rogue Machine, as part of a world-wide reading to bring attention to the dire political and social repression in that country.
JENNY SULLIVAN (Director-SDC) Most recent work having emerged from the pandemic blues: Our very own RTC workshop of The Gin Game (on Judy’s beautiful back porch), ETC’s production of Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical with Linda Purl and David Engel and Unjust with Gregory Harrison and Chris Butler for The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Favorite work BEFORE 2020: Tom Dugan’s Jackie Unveiled (with Saffron Burrows) at the Wallis Annenberg in Beverly Hills and the Acorn Theatre Off-Broadway run of Tom Dugan’s Wiesenthal. This production then moved to The Wallis Theatre and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Jenny has directed numerous Rubicon productions: The Baby Dance: Mixed, Women Beyond Borders, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Our Town, Steel Magnolias (Indy Award), Food Confessions, The Mystery of Irma Vep (2012 Ovation Nomination for Direction), Wiesenthal, Tea at Five, Doubt, Trying, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Indy Award) with Joe Spano, Karyl Lynn Burns, Jason Chanos and Angela Goethals, Spit Like a Big Girl, You Can’t Take It With You, Hamlet (Indy Award) with Joseph Fuqua, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Tuesdays with Morrie, Defying Gravity, Happy Days, Art (Indy Award), Dancing at Lughnasa (Indy Award) with Susan Clark and Bonnie Franklin, The Rainmaker with Stephanie Zimbalist and John Bennett Perry, Little Foxes with Linda Purl and Old Wicked Songs with Harold Gould and Joseph Fuqua. Solo productions include the successful Ensemble Theatre Company & Laguna Playhouse runs of I Am My Own Wife (Indy Award) featuring John Tufts; The RTC production of Darrow with James O’Neil. Other credits include: The Dresser with Len Cariou and Granville Van Dusen at The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre; The Year of Magical Thinking with Linda Purl and Steel Magnolias at Laguna Playhouse; Baby Doll, Good People, Dublin Carol (Indy Award), The Lion in Winter (Indy Award), The Memory of Water and Tea at Five at Ensemble Theatre Company; Tenderly-The Rosemary Clooney Musical at Center Rep in Walnut Creek; Listen for Wings at Access Theatre; The Elephant Man for San Jose Rep; Death of a Salesman (AUM) with Stuart Margolin and Wendy Phillips; and six seasons of new plays at Williamstown. Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore at The Geffen Playhouse; and The Vagina Monologues for the Canon and Coronet theatres. She directed the World Premiere of Jane Anderson’s The Baby Dance at the Pasadena Playhouse, which then moved to Williamstown Theatre Festival, Long Wharf Theatre (CT Critics’ Directing Award) and the Lucille Lortel Off-Broadway. Jenny’s film credits include “Access All Areas” and “The Next Best Thing” (in which she had the good fortune to direct her father Barry). Jenny is most proud of the World Premiere of her play J for J with Jeff Kober and the late, great John Ritter. Next up at the Rubicon Jenny is proud to be co-directing with Chris Butler Twilight: Los Angeles 1992.
MIKE BILLINGS (Scenic & Lighting Designer) returns to Rubicon after designing Big River, Heisenberg, South Pacific, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Buyer and Cellar, A Christmas Carol, Incognito, Gulf View Drive (Ovation Nomination), Sylvia, See Rock City (Ovation Nominations), Copenhagen, Last Train to Nibroc, The Last Five Years, and Conviction. Recently Mike designed the West End production of Dreamworks’ The Prince of Egypt at the Dominion Theatre, and also the internationally-touring exhibitions of Downton Abbey and Harry Potter: The Exhibition. He has designed for the Bay Street Theater, Laguna Playhouse, American Theatre for Actors, Guild Hall, Gallery Players, Abingdon Theatre Company, Bated Breath Theatre, Quintessence Theatre, Spirit of Broadway Theatre, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Dorset Theatre Festival, and Busch Gardens Theme Park in Williamsburg, VA. Mike holds a B.F.A. from the University of Connecticut and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local USA 829. www.mikebillingsdesign.com IG: @mikebillingsdesign
ALEX JAEGER (Costume Designer) returns to Rubicon, having designed The Devil’s Disciple,The Diary of Anne Frank, The Turn of the Screw, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Darrow, The Baby Dance; Mixed. Other credits include Two Sisters and a Piano at the Public, Mr. Burns at the Guthrie, Wiesenthal (for Acorn Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre and the Wallis). He has designed multiple shows for A.C.T., Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Kirk Douglas Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Rep, A Noise Within, Boston Court, Pioneer Theatre Company, and Utah Shakespeare Festival. http://alexjaegerdesign.com/
RANDALL (Randy) ROBERT TICO (Composer/Sound Designer) is known for his work as a bassist with a diverse range of artists, such as the critically acclaimed jazz nonet Matrix; Jeff Bridges & the Abiders; Strunz & Farah; Airto & Flora Purim; Kenny Loggins; John McEuen and Jose Feliciano. Randall has also established himself as an award-winning composer and sound designer for theatre with Critical Mass Performance Group (Apollo, Ameryka); Denver Center of the Performing Arts (Anna Karenina); Portland Center Stage (Astoria, Othello, Snow Falling on Cedars); Theater @ Boston Court (Mother Courage); and in his hometown of Santa Barbara, Ensemble Theatre Company (Macbeth, Everything is Illuminated). Tico’s work with director Jenny Sullivan includes Jackie Unveiled at the Wallis, Baby Dance: Mixed at Rubicon and Baby Doll for ETC @ The New Vic. Other recent works include Anna Karenina for DCPA and Astoria Part One & Two for Portland Center Stage (PCS), directed by Chris Coleman. More with Coleman and PCS are Othello, Anna Karenina, Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline, The Imaginary Invalid, and Snow Falling on Cedars. With director Nancy Keystone and Critical Mass Performance Ensemble are Apollo at the Kirk Douglas Theatre (Garland Award and an Ovation Award nomination), Ameryka (2016 Ovation nomination), Suzan- Lori Parks’ The America Play (Theatre at Boston Court), Antigone (Portland Center Stage for which he won a Drammy Award), The Ahkmatova Project, Dr. Faustus, The Rover, and Measure for Measure. Further works include Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale, the vocal score for David Hare’s version of Mother Courage, and music and sound design for The Glass Menagerie, all directed by Jessica Kubzansky, original music for Magic Fruit (Cornerstone), Shishir Kurup director, and composer/sound designer for the 2014-16 Launch Pad program at UCSB with director Risa Brainin.
T. THERESA SCARANO (Props/Furniture/Set Dressing) is a native of Roswell, New Mexico, now living in Southern California. Her multi-faceted career of 25 years spans theatre and dance in varying capacities including technical direction, prop design, and set design and construction. Theresa has been Stage Manager for California Ballet, Kairos Dancers, and Dancing Images Dance Company. She served as both Scenery Warehouse Manager and Prop Master at San Bernardino Civic Light Opera under General Manager Keith Stava and was Rental Manager of Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera (later The Set Company), where she was Director of Operations. As the originator of a theatre program at Riverside County Juvenile Hall, Theresa wrote and directed adolescents in various performances, including those for Juvenile Court Judges. Her work includes prop design and set dressing for Theatre 150, Cabrillo Music Theatre, Ensemble Theatre Company, CLO of South Bay Cities, the Welk Resort, Music Academy of the West, Universal Studios (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure and Grinchmas), Phoenix Rising Productions, Kingsmen Shakespeare Company and Opera Santa Barbara. Recent Rubicon credits includeSouth Pacific, Taking Sides, The Baby Dance, Moonlight and Magnolias, Clarence Darrow, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
TALIA KRISPEL (Production Stage Manager) Rubicon Debut! 5-Star credits include: Something Rotten!; Mamma Mia!; The Music Man; West Side Story; Matilda; Shrek the Musical; Beauty and the Beast; The Hunchback of Notre Dame; Joseph… Technicolor Dreamcoat; and Peter Pan. Broadway credits include Inherit the Wind; Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance; How the Grinch Stole Christmas; and Legally Blonde (Workshop). At South Coast Repertory, she has stage managed: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon; A Christmas Carol (2014-2021); Junie B Jones Is Not a Crook; Abundance; Amadeus; Pinocchio. Other regional credits include: 3-D Theatricals: The Secret Garden. Musical Theatre West: Oliver!. Sound Stage LIVE!: The Little Mermaid. ACT of CT: Mamma Mia! A Noise Within: Man of La Mancha. Theatre By The Sea: West Side Story; Sister Act. Ocean State Theatre Company: Guys and Dolls; The Sound of Music. Ogunquit Playhouse: Joseph…Technicolor Dreamcoat. North Shore Music Theatre: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Joseph…Technicolor Dreamcoat. Paper Mill Playhouse: Miracle Worker. Old Globe: The Times They Are A-Changin’. Radio City Music Hall: Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. New York University (Department PSM): Little Shop of Horrors; The School for Scandal; The Crucible; Yikes!; 7 original works. TV: Why Women Kill. Education: MA, Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities, New York University. For Mychal Adair-Lynch and Dad. Instagram: @teekrisp. www.taliakrispel.com
JULIAN OLIVE (Production Assistant) is a proud graduate of Marymount Manhattan College and is so excited to be at Rubicon for the first time! His other credits include 5 Star Theatricals’ productions of Hunchback of Notre Dame, Shrek, Matilda, West Side Story, Music Man Mamma Mia and Something Rotten!, Wolf Trap’s Summer 2021 Season, South Coast Repertory’s She Loves Me, Sweeney Todd, Junie B Jones is Not a Crook and A Christmas Carol, Bay Street Theater’s The Prompter (starring Tovah Feldshuh), Paper Mill Playhouse’s The Honeymooners, Second Stage Theatre’s King Liz, The York Theatre Companies Wonderland, Hip to Hip Theatre’s As You Like it and Julius Caesar, and Weathervane Playhouse’s Pippin, 42ndStreet, A Chorus Line, Merrily We Roll Along, Blood Brothers, Avenue Q, South Pacific and Peter and the Starcatcher. Thank you to Talia, and the rest of the Rubicon Team for their support, as well as their continued dedication to bringing the arts back safely.
D.L. COBURN (Playwright) was born in East Baltimore, Maryland. Age the age of 30, he began writing short stories for his own gratification and discovered that he had a talent for dialogue. After seeing Thomas Troupe’s one-act play Diary of a Madman (adapted from the work of the Russian writer Nikolay Gogol), he decided to try playwriting. It took him several years to put pen to paper, and after only eight pages, he put aside his first attempt (The Gin Game), for two more years. At the urging of his young son, he finally went back to the project and finished the play in four months. Amazingly, the play progressed from a small Los Angeles theater to Broadway in little more than a year’s time and earned Coburn a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony nomination for Best Play. Other plays written by Coburn include Bluewater Cottage, Guy, Noble Adjustment, Return to Blue Fin, Fear of Darkness, Firebrand and The Cause. In addition, Coburn has written television series pilots for two major networks and several screenplays, including “Flights of Angels,” “A Virgin Year,” and “Legal Access.”
ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION CREDITS
Set Construction by Mendenhall Productions
Costume Design Assistant: Danae McQueen
Scenic Artist: Andy Hammer
Covid Compliance Officer: Julia Donlon
Production Assistant: Julian Olive
Backstage Crew: Matt Catano
Wardrobe Dressers: Berenice Gallegos, Julian Olive