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Mariposa Arts Theatre presenting Pulitzer-winning drama

The Gin Game, being staged at MAT's intimate Brammer Road theatre, 'will take you on an extremely emotional ride'
gin game cheryl tulloch and Jim Dwyer
Cheryl Tulloch and Jim Dwyer have key roles in The Gin Game, being presented by Mariposa Arts Theatre.

For two strangers who are on different paths, a chance meeting and a card game cause their worlds to explosively collide.

Why are the cards stacked against both of them? Don’t miss this funny and complicated Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, The Gin Game, which examines how we sometimes make assumptions at our own peril.

Mariposa Arts Theatre (MAT) is honoured to bring this production to Orillia in June. Shows are slated for June 9 (7:30 p.m.), June 10 (7:30 p.m.), June 11 (7:30 p.m.) and June 12 (2 pm.) The following week, shows are scheduled for June 16 (7:30 p.m.), June 17 (7:30 p.m.), June 18 (7:30 p.m.) and June 19 (2 p.m.)

According to director James Fairbairn, it’s more than a timeless tale of love and loss.

“They say it is never too late, but these two characters may be the exception. Can they recover from their tumultuous encounter? Only a sequel can answer that question. A powerful script, two skilled actors and a dedicated production team will take you on an extremely emotional ride," said Fairbairn.

For more than 50 years, MAT has staged 150 live productions ranging from Chicago to Shakespeare to The Wizard of Oz. MAT is a not-for-profit community theatre located in Orillia, offering entertainment for audiences of all ages. The key plot line behind MAT’s success is community support and the devoted group volunteers who perform key roles on both sides of the curtain.

MAT’s fiscal and creative success has benefited other organizations, including the historic Orillia Opera House as well as supporting bursaries for Orillia-based high school students.

One of MAT’s key fundraising events is the monthly Film Night screenings. For more than 18 years, international film festival entries have been screened at the local Cineplex cinemas. It was the sizable financial proceeds from these screenings that enabled MAT to fulfill its own lifelong dream of owning its own theatre space.

In 2006, the MAT group’s custom-built rehearsal/performance hall was ready for its own “closeup.” Located at 12 Brammer Dr. in north Orillia, the intimate, 43-seat theatre offers theatre goers from across the GTA and southern Ontario world-class live entertainment within a short drive from their home or the cottage.

Tickets are available through the Orillia Opera House box office:

Phone: 705-326-8011



Special rate for groups of 10 or more — $25 per person.

Refreshments and swag bags included.

Door prizes.

Some coarse language and violence.