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The two Tony winners will share a Broadway stage for the first time in nearly fifty years in a new staging of D.L. Coburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Gin Game, directed by Leonard Foglia.
The production is set to begin previews Sept. 21 before its Oct. 13 opening at the John Golden Theatre, the same venue where the play originally opened in 1977. Directed by Mike Nichols and starring Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, that production ran for more than a year, winning Tandy her first Tony.
Jones and Tyson first appeared together on Broadway in 1966 in A Hand Is On The Gate. They also co-starred in the long-running off-Broadway production of Jean Genet’s The Blacks, in the film The River Niger and the TV movie Heat Wave. Tyson won a lead actress Tony in 2013 for The Trip to Bountiful, while Jones won lead actor in 1969 for The Great White Hope and again in 1987 for Fences.
The veteran actors will play the roles of Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey, who meet on the porch of their nursing home and strike up a friendship over a game of gin rummy. Though they bond over stories of their younger lives, Weller gets frustrated with Fonsia’s winning streak, and conversations intensify as they expose each other’s failures, disappointments and insecurities.
The Gin Game was last revived on Broadway in 1997 with Charles Durning and Julie Harris. It has been filmed twice for television: in 1981 with original stars Cronyn and Tandy, and in 2003 with Dick van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore.
OSTAR Productions is producing the upcoming revival.
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