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Broken Arrow theater to perform 'The Gin Game' play heading for international festival

July 21, 2013


July 21--Broken Arrow Community Playhouse will host a special performance of its award-winning production of "The Gin Game" in preparation for the show's participation in an international theater festival.

The performance will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the playhouse, 1800 S. Main St. in Broken Arrow. Tickets will be $10 at the door, and all proceeds will go to paying for transportation to the Sixth Mont-Laurier International Theatre Festival, to be held Sept. 5-11 in Mont-Laurier, Quebec.

Additional donations will also be accepted at the door, and also at

BACP's "The Gin Game" was selected to be one of the 25 productions for this festival out of more than 120 entries. Nineteen countries will be represented at the festival.

Director Martha Cherbini and actors Karyn Lee Maio and Tom Berenson debuted this production at the BACP in 2009. It was the company's entry in the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association's OCTAfest competition, where it won awards for best production as well as for Maio and Berenson.

The show won top honors at the 2011 regional competition for the American Association of Community Theater and was performed at the national competition.

Written by D. L. Coburn, "The Gin Game" is a tragicomedy about two residents of a run-down retirement home who engage in a game of cards to pass the time and slowly begin to reveal more about themselves as the games progress and the emotional stakes rise.

It earned the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1978, and Jessica Tandy won the Tony Award for best actress that year for her role in the original Broadway production.

For more information, call the BACP at 918-258-0077.

James D. Watts Jr. 918-581-8478


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