Watermark Announces 2021 Summer Season

We are thrilled to announce the 2021 Summer Season. The season will launch with an outdoor performance of Mi'kmaq Legends performed by the Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors. The two plays in the season will be the bittersweet comedy The Gin Game by D.L. Coburn and the lighthearted but powerful Cottagers and Indians by Drew Hayden Taylor. The Watermark Music Series returns once again to delight audiences with local artists interpreting classic songwriters.
Drama, storytelling, music, dance and the visual arts combine to create Mi'kmaq Legends, an "electrifying" experience that brings authentic Mi'kmaq lore to life onstage. This free performance will be held outside our theatre on July 10th at 1PM (Rain day July 11th,).
The Gin Game, winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, which originally starred Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn, uses a card game as a metaphor for life. Weller Martin is playing solitaire on the porch of a seedy nursing home. Enter Fonsia Dorsey, a prim, self-righteous lady. They discover they both dislike the home and enjoy gin rummy, so they begin to play and to reveal intimate details of their lives. The Gin Game will be performed from July 13th to 31st.
Drew Hayden Taylor is one of Canada's leading Native writers and humorists. His unique style of Native commentary and storytelling has struck a chord with audiences not only at home but abroad, leading to his considerable success as playwright, author and screenwriter. Taylor's plays have garnered numerous awards, including being a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Drama for his play In A World Created by A Drunken God. His plays have been produced throughout Canada and the U.S.
In Cottagers and Indians, wild rice sparks a battle royal between a native farmer and a white cottager, whose increasingly bitter dispute becomes a microcosm for reconciliation. Told with warmth and humour, and encompassing issues of community, respect and ownership, Cottagers and Indians is a tale for our times. Cottagers and Indians will be performed from August 10th to 28th.
After the Watermark performances of Cottagers and Indians are completed in North Rustico, the production will tour to Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia for performances Sept 2nd to 5th.
The Watermark Music Series returns, curated once again by Rob Oakie. As always, Island musical artists interpret classic composers in a way that you have never heard before. The dates are:
Sunday July 25th at 7:30pm - The Music of John Prine
Featuring songs from the catalogue of a great American songwriter.
Sunday Aug 8th at 7:30pm - Songs For A Small Planet
Featuring music and words to inspire a brighter future.
Sunday Aug 22nd at 7:30pm - Swing Time USA
Featuring jazz and swing of the 30s and 40s. The music of Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Billie Holiday and more.
All Covid-19 provincial rules and regulations will be in place, including physical distancing, mask wearing, hand sanitizing, etc.
Tickets are now on sale at www.ticketwizard.ca
Or call the box office at 902-963-3963
Note: Due to physical distancing requirements, all tickets are General Admission. Theatre staff will assign seats the day of the performance.

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge

Watermark Friends,
We hope everyone is keeping well and safe during these difficult times.
Today, June 1st, would have been our first day of rehearsals for our 2020 summer season. We were hoping to present The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie and The Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote this summer at our theatre in North Rustico but unfortunately these productions will have to wait for another time.
After 5 years leading the Watermark, it saddens us that we will not be able to welcome our audience members to the theatre this summer. We won’t be able to present our wonderful classic plays to you; or allow you to share a laugh with your friends and neighbours; or provoke discussion and debate stirred from the minds of great playwrights; or allow us to congregate as a community and experience a live event together.

Even though our summer season has been cancelled, we need your help this year even more than ever. Every June we participate in a fundraising event hosted by Canada Helps called The Great Canadian Giving Challenge to raise funds for our theatre.
As part of The Great Canadian Giving Challenge, every $1 donated to our theatre by an individual in the month of June is an automatic entry for a chance for Watermark to win a $20,000 donation from Canada Helps. The grand prize draw is on Canada Day, July 1st.
Your contributions to the theatre over the years, as ticket buyers, donors, and volunteers, have been extremely important to the success and sustainability of our theatre. If you have the means, please consider making a donation to the theatre this month. Your contribution will help the theatre through this difficult time and ensure that our future is bright.
While mourning the 2020 summer season, we are also looking excitedly to the future when we can once again welcome you to our theatre. This pause in theatre making is allowing us to reflect and plan and dream about what delights we can present to you in 2021. Rest assured that we will definitely be back very soon and better than ever!
Thank you. Be well. Stay Safe.
Robert & Andrea

Donate Here: https://watermarktheatre.com/donate/
Or
You may also send a cheque to:
Watermark Theatre, PO Box 190, 57 Church Hill Ave, North Rustico, PE, C0A 1X0
We are a not for profit charitable organization and a charitable tax receipt will be issued with all donations.


Watermark 2020 Season - Update

Dear Watermark Friends,

We hope that everyone is well and safe during these difficult times.

With the health of our audience members and our theatre company in mind, we have made the painful decision to cancel Watermark Theatre’s 2020 summer season.

We have been spending the past number of weeks trying to find new ways to present great classical theatre for you despite the limitations presented. Our dedicated stage crew and designers were scheduled to begin building sets, costumes and props on May 11 and rehearsals with the acting company were scheduled to begin on June 1. With current restrictions in place we can’t even get some of our team to the island! Making this decision is heart breaking for us but until it is safe to assemble in large groups again, we will have to keep the theatre’s doors closed.

That being said, we are a creative organization and we have a number of ideas on how to keep the theatre vital, vibrant and in your hearts and minds. In the months to come, we will explore opportunities to bring art to our community through our on-line presence or in partnership with other arts organizations and we will continue to share those ideas with you.

Rest assured that we will be back in the summer of 2021 with a wonderful slate of plays to entertain, delight, and provoke audiences once again. Theatre artists around the world are recharging their creative energies and reevaluating their place in the world, and will be back on stage with a new sense of purpose. Theatre has been around for 2500 years, through all kinds of world challenges, and will return again. Let us never take the act of assembly for granted ever again!

You will all be missed and we look forward to welcoming you back to the theatre!

Robert and Andrea

To our loyal 2020 Season Pass Holders, here are your options:
• Please consider donating the dollar value of your pass to our theatre. You will receive a charitable tax receipt in return and our eternal thanks for helping us at this time. Your support is now more important than ever.
• Use your pass for our 2021 season instead. We will keep the credit under your name for next summer and will contact you in spring 2021.
• The first two options are best for the theatre but, if need be, we will be happy to issue a refund excluding the service fees.
Please contact Andrea Surich at generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com


Majority of Actors in Watermark Summer Season from PEI

We are delighted to announce that 5 out of the 8 actors cast in our 2020 summer season are from PEI. Joining the already announced Gracie Finley on stage this summer will be fellow Islanders Rebecca ParentJustin ShawKassinda Bulger, and Devin MacKinnon. “I hold general auditions on the Island every December”, says Artistic Director Robert Tsonos, “every year I try to cast as many local actors as possible but this year I was thrilled to find so many Islanders that fit the parts I was looking for”. Joining the slate of PEI actors will be Wally MacKinnon from Nova Scotia, as well as Jonathan Ho and Jonathan Widdifield, both based in Toronto. All the actors will be performing in “The Mousetrap” by Agatha Christie and “The Trip to Bountiful” by Horton Foote all summer long as well as participating in The Play Reading Series and teaching acting workshops in the Teenage Acting Conservatory.

Rebecca Parent (from Stratford / Charlottetown) returns for her seventh season at the Watermark. Previous credits at the theatre include: Eliza Doolittle in “Pygmalion”, Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet”, Marianne Dashwood in “Sense and Sensibility”, and Laura Cheveley in “An Ideal Husband”. She was also the co-creator of “What to Wear to the Birth of a Nation”, a play commissioned for the 2014 Charlottetown Celebrations. Islanders know Rebecca well from playing Anne Shirley in the musical “Anne and Gilbert” at the Guild in Charlottetown.

Justin Shaw (from Cardigan) is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Acting Program, and a past performer in the University of Prince Edward Island’s Vagabond Productions. Island audiences may remember Justin from “Salt-Water Moon” (The Guild Summer Festival 2019), Lorne Elliott’s “Culture Shock” (Harmony House Theatre), “The Wrestling Play” (Island Fringe 2017-Patron’s Pick Award), and in Popalopalots Live Improv Comedy. As a comedian, Shaw has performed across Canada, has opened for Mike MacDonald, and won the 2016 Comedyworks Triple Crown Award.

Kassinda Bulger (from O'Leary) is excited to make her professional theatrical debut with the Watermark. After completing her Minor in Theatre Studies at UPEI, she spent some time at both George Brown Theatre School and Holland College's School of Performing Arts. Past credits include: Claire from “While We're Young”, Juliet from “Romeo and Juliet”, Jean from “Dead Man's Cell Phone” (UPEI Vagabond Productions), “Naivety in Nutshell” (The Fantastic Space- A Theatre Company), “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare - Abridged” (The King's Playhouse), and “Meanwhile in Ward 16: A Charlottetown Soap Opera” (The Guild).

Devin MacKinnon (from Charlottetown / Hunter River) attained a BA from UPEI before he began studying acting at The National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, graduating in 2015. Select credits include: “A Christmas Carol” (Theatre Calgary), “The Tempest” (The Shakespeare Company), “Liberation Days”, “The Mary Celeste”, “Nothing Less!”, “Midsummer Night's Dream” (Robert Merritt Award Nomination), “In This Light”, “Frankenstein”, “The Ruins” (Two Planks and A Passion) “The Comedy of Errors”, “Paradise Lost” (Stratford Festival), and “Crime Does Not Pay” (Betty Mitchell Award Nomination - Downstage)".

Wally MacKinnon is an award-winning actor, director and teacher. In his 30+ year career, he has performed in theatre productions across Canada including the very first season of the Watermark in 2008, “Village Wooing” and “The Importance of Being Ernest”. Other credits include: “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “The Hobbit” (Theatre New Brunswick), “Ben Hur”, “Goodnight Bird” (Festival Antigonish), Merritt Award winning play “KAMP”, “Flying on Her Own” (EFT/Neptune, NS), “Jacob’s Wake”, “Miles From Home”, “The Diligent River Daughter” (Ships Company Theatre, NS), “The Foursome”, “Who’s Under Where” (CPT Alberta), “Gaslight Follies” (Palace Grand Theatre, Dawson City), and “Birds and the Bees” (Miracle Theatre, BC).

Jonathan Ho made his professional theatre debut as Mike Chang in “The New Canadian Curling Club” (Alberta Theatre Projects) last year, reprising the role in Theatre Orangeville’s production earlier this year. In the realm of film and television, he is most known for his role as Brother Zachariah on “Shadowhunters” (Freeform), and has also appeared on “Suits” (USA), “The Romanoffs” (Amazon), and “Murdoch Mysteries” (CBC).

This summer will be Jonathan Widdifield’s fourth season at the Watermark having appeared in “An Ideal Husband”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “The Rainmaker”, “The Lion in Winter”, and “The Shore Field”. Recent credits include: “Cloud” (Scapegoat Theatre Collective). Damian/TheDevil in “Chasse-Galerie” (Red One Theatre Collective & The Storefront Theatre - Dora Award for Best Ensemble). Three seasons with The Shaw Festival: “Doctor’s Dilemma”, “The Devil’s Disciple”, “John Bull’s Other Island”, and “Born Yesterday”. Five seasons with the Classical Theatre Project: Hamlet in “Hamlet”, Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet” (Dora Nominated for Best Performance in TYA). Danny in “Danny, King of the Basement” (Roseneath Theatre), and “Haunted” (Summerworks Festival).


Watermark's 2020 Summer Season Announced!

Watermark’s 13th summer season will include the classic murder mystery "The Mousetrap" by Agatha Christie and the heartwarming "The Trip to Bountiful" by Horton Foote. Our popular music series, now renamed The Watermark Music Series returns for another year, and the Watermark Play Reading Series will once again focus on new plays in development by PEI Playwrights.

Agatha Christie’s legendary ‘whodunit’ The Mousetrap is the world’s longest running play, keeping audiences in suspense from the first moment to the last since 1952. Mysterious twists and thrilling turns abound when a group of strangers stranded in a guesthouse during a snowstorm discover that a murderer is in their midst. Is it one of the suspicious newlyweds or the spinster with the curious background? Perhaps it’s the architect, the retired Army major, or the strange man running from his past? Everyone is a suspect and everybody is a potential victim. Enjoy an evening of exhilarating intrigue as Agatha Christie’s greatest mystery unfolds to its surprising conclusion.

Written in 1953, Horton Foote’s moving play The Trip to Bountiful tells the story of Carrie Watts, an elderly woman who longs to escape the cramped Houston apartment where she lives with her protective son and his authoritarian wife. Carrie dreams of making one final journey to Bountiful, Texas, her childhood home. With great determination and daring, Carrie makes her arduous journey back to Bountiful. This American treasure is a masterpiece of the power of childhood, memory, and the undeniable, universal yearning for the warmth of home and family. Playing the role of Carrie Watts, the part that won Geraldine Page the 1986 Academy Award for Best Actress, is PEI’s very own Gracie Finley.

This will be Gracie’s 6th season acting at the Watermark, having performed in The Shore Field, Alice in Wonderland, The Lion in Winter, Romeo and Juliet, An Ideal Husband, Blithe Spirit, The Glass Menagerie, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, and Barefoot in the Park. Raised in Charlottetown with summers spent in Alberton, Gracie is well known to PEI audiences, having played Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables: The Musical from 1968 to 1974 and again in 1984 to 1985. Gracie will also be playing the part of the querulous Mrs. Boyle in The Mousetrap.