Submitted photo Weller Martin (played by Robert Earnest Bennett), right, struggles with life and a game of Gin with Fonsia Dorsey (played by Lillie Shelby), left, in the Mount Vernon Player’s production of “The Gin Game.”

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Weller Martin (played by Robert Earnest Bennett), right, struggles with life and a game of Gin with Fonsia Dorsey (played by Lillie Shelby), left, in the Mount Vernon Player’s production of “The Gin Game.”

 

MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Players, Knox County’s oldest continuous running theater organization, is presenting the well-known play by D.L. Coburn, “The Gin Game.”

It won several Tony’s during it’s original run and it’s revivals featuring James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson. It will be presented as a Dinner Theater Production at The Mount Vernon Grand Hotel, 12 Public Square, on Oct. 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Two matinee performances will be offered on Oct. 21 and 22, at 2:30 p.m.

The storyline features two older Americans who meet at a retirement home. The man and woman strike up a friendship and explore the trials they have each faced, and how each one is impacted by this last stop on life’s journey. It is a drama with it’s fair share of “lighter” comedic moments as they each explain their life’s travails to one another.

It stars local actor Robert Ernest Bennett, and relative newcomer, Mansfield’s Lillie Shelby. It is directed by Jim Stoner.

Tickets can be purchased at Crickets, 120 S. Main St., Pak Mail, 1558 Coshocton Road; Paragraphs Bookstore, 229 S. Main St., and Kudos Art Coop, 15 N. Main St.

The production is rated PG-13 for language.

 

 

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