The Gin Game deftly mixes comedy and tragedy as an elderly man and woman play gin rummy on the porch of a home for the aged. As the author has observed: "The tragicomedy of The Gin Game reminds me of the words Flaubert wrote to his mistress: We laugh with pity at the vanity of the human will... When the play originated in my mind, I saw certain conflicts that I wanted to capture, and I felt that the simplicity of two people and a card game could express a great deal. The card game is a metaphor for fate and how the events of life are dealt to us. We have to play them as they come our way."
D.L. Coburn was born in Baltimore, MD. He worked in advertising and was a consultant to several corporations before becoming a playwright. He received the Pulitzer Prize in 1978 for The Gin Game.