Thunder River Theatre Company’s play ‘The Gin Game’ opens Sept. 26 |

Thunder River Theatre Company’s play ‘The Gin Game’ opens Sept. 26

Bob Moore and Julia Whitcombe star in Thunder River Theatre's new production of "The Gin Game," by D.L. Coburn. It opens Sept. 26 and runs through Oct. 11.
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Carbondale’s Thunder River Theatre opens its 20th anniversary season Friday, Sept. 26, with a production of “The Gin Game.”

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play, by D.L. Coburn, centers on two residents of a nursing home playing a series of games of gin rummy. As they play, and delve deeper into personal conversation, a battle of wills emerges in what the Boston Globe once called “a perfect play.”

Directed by longtime local theater hand Brad Moore, the Thunder River production stars Colorado theater veteran Bob Moore — seen most recently in Aspen Community Theatre’s 2013 staging of “The Producers” — and Thunder River company member Julia Whitcombe. The actress, now based in Southern California, returns to the local theater where she has been appearing over the past 18 years in shows like “Blithe Spirit” and “Pride’s Crossing.”

The play runs through Oct. 11 at Thunder River, with shows Sept. 26 and 27, Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 9-11. It kicks off a season that also includes “The Lion in Winter,” “Hamlet” and “Red Herring.”

The company is hoping to attract a younger audience this season by offering a $50 season ticket — and $17 single-show tickets ­— for people in their 20s or 30s. Otherwise, season tickets are $80 for adults and $40 for students. Single tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students. Find tickets and more information at

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