Bob Stanley has been onstage and on camera for much of his long life.
Stanley has performed in live theater from Santa Rosa to San Francisco and beyond, and has done some film and commercial work as well.
He also performed at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.
He was very active in the early years of two long-lived Santa Rosa theater companies: Actors Theater for Children and the Santa Rosa Players, a precursor of what is now the 6th Street Playhouse.
But now, the retired longtime principal of Whited Elementary School in Santa Rosa has taken on a new role.
He’s a producer.
“My investor is me,” as he put it.
Stanley is producing, and co-starring in, a new production of D. L. Coburn’s “The Gin Game,” also starring Margaret Herzer Buckley and directed by Joe Winkler, another very familiar face in local theater.
The show is a bittersweet comedy about a cranky couple in a residential care home. (Parents take note: the language is a bit too salty for kids.)
The legendary theatrical couple Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy made the play famous on Broadway. Their director was Mike Nichols.
The show will run at 7 p.m. April 22-23 and 29-30, with a matinee at 1 p.m. April 30, at Sons of Norway Hall, 617 W. Ninth St., Santa Rosa. Seating is limited to 75 persons per performance.
Admission: $20 at the door (cash only, please), including appetizers and one glass of wine. Wine and other refreshments will be sold.