ABC’s of Play Reading

Watermark Theatre Announces Play Reading Series

A classic Canadian play performed in French, an American farce that later became the musical “Hello Dolly!”, and a European drama scandalous in its day, are the three plays included in this summer’s Watermark Theatre Play Reading Series.

The three plays and performance times are:

Une Lune D’eau Salée (Salt Water Moon) by David French – August 6th at 1:30PM

The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder – August 12th at 7:30PM

Miss Julie by August Strindberg – August 20th at 1:30P

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A play reading is as simple as it sounds. Actors, with scripts in hand, using minimal movement on stage, act out plays for an audience. “The series is a great way to test out a variety of different plays on our audience and helps us decide our future programming. It also allows me to try new actors that I am unfamiliar with for future casting consideration,” says Artistic Director Robert Tsonos.

Starring Jake McNeil, last season’s Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet”, and Suzanne Roberts Smith, David French’s Salt Water Moon, written in 1985, has had many productions on the Island over the years but this reading marks the first time it appears in French.

The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, written in 1955, is an all out farce and is the play that later became the hit musical “Hello Dolly!”. A number of local and Atlantic based actors are joining our acting company for this very special event. Cathy Grant, Sharlene MacLean, Don Allison, Donnie MacPhee, and Paul Whelan along with our company of six actors will perform in this madcap comedy.

Censored for its shocking content, Miss Julie by August Strindberg depicts a struggle across sex and class lines that reverberated through Europe when it was first written in 1888 and still packs a dramatic punch today. Starring members of the Watermark Acting Company, the play is a dramatic and thought provoking look at Europe at the end of the 19th century.

All tickets are $10.

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