Rawya El Chab and Kelly Lamanna
at Loading Dock
June 17 – 18, 22 – 25 @ 7:30pm
June 19 @ 4:30pm
Doris and Gertie bust out of the nursing home for a last call at living. They will not rest until they have their fill. Maybe dying need not be so serious after all.
Written and performed by Rawya El Chab & Kelly Lamanna
Directed by Leonie Bell
Sound designer/ Composer Omar Dewachi
Costume/ Prop designer Katie Friedman
Projection & Set Design Cosette Pin
Lighting Design Akvinder Kaur
Technical Director Tala Salman
Graphic Design Carine Zahab
Stage Manager Lianne El Souki
The Gambler is a two-handed clown show for adults. A tale of debauchery, inspired by a few chapters from Dostoevsky’s novel of the same name, our story follows two women, Doris and Gertie, who at the end of their lives spiral into a world of gambling and sin. Rawya El Chab and Kelly Lamanna dance the line between absurdity and sincerity, posing questions about agency, addiction, and society’s relationship with the elderly. In a moment when the weight of mortality feels particularly heavy, these two artists attempt to make sense of being alive.
Developed in residency at Target Margin Theater.