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Circle Theatre welcomes back patrons with The Gin Game

May 04, 2021 03:31PM ● By Two Eagles Marcus

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 4, 2020 - Circle Theatre, West Michigan’s go-to destination for exceptional theatrical arts in an intimate setting presents The Gin Game as the kickoff to their 2021 season. Showings of this 1978 Pulitzer Prize winning play will take place at the Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of Aquinas College, from May 6-16.

The Gin Game, starring Shelley Irwin and Stathi Afendoulis and directed by John Vesbit, tells the story of Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey. The two nursing home residents strike up a friendship while learning to play gin rummy. The pair begin sharing stories about the lives they led in the outside world until Fonsia starts to win every hand. With Weller’s frustration, the nursing home porch quickly turns into a battleground.

The Gin Game is not only a powerful and prescient story, but will also be one of the very first live play performances in West Michigan since before the pandemic.” – John Vesbit (Director)

Circle Theatre provided me the opportunity to grow as an actor, and inspired my decision to move to New York and become a theater professional. Forty Two years later, I'm back home, on the stage that launched my career.” – Stathi Afendoulis (Weller)

Start off your summer of live theatre right with The Gin Game, “a thoroughly entertaining lesson in the fine art of theatrical finesse…,” as described by The New York Times. Social distancing between groups and masks are required. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds go directly to supporting local theatre through Circle Theatre.

Doors open at 6pm. The Gin Game will begin at 7pm with matinee shows taking place on

Sunday May 9 & 16 at 3pm.

Local theatre has taken a deep hit this past year with multiple postponements and cancellations due to COVID-19. These intermissions have left Circle Theatre with a renewed commitment to keeping theatre alive through safe and entertaining community events. These events are just one of the many ways that you can help support Circle Theatre.

For more information on Circle Theatre’s 2021 season, to purchase tickets, or to find more ways to support Circle Theatre please call the box office at 616.456.6656 or visit