Directors and Actors announced for Watermark’s summer season.
Watermark’s first play of the summer season, The Gin Game, will be directed by Artistic Director Robert Tsonos and star Richard Clarkin and Gracie Finley. Later in the summer, Cottagers and Indians will star Billy Merasty and Jan Rudd and will be co-directed by Jay Northcott and Robert Tsonos.
An Award-Winning performer and graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Richard Clarkin’s acting career began in 1984 when he originated the role of Jacob Mercer in David French’s iconic play “Salt Water Moon” for Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. He performed in the long running Disney/Mirvish hit production of “The Lion King”, where he played the iconic role of “Scar”, as well as performing in leading roles for companies across the country including The Stratford Festival, Soulpepper Theatre, Necessary Angel, Grand Theatre, Atlantic Theatre Festival, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, The Globe Theatre, Citadel, National Arts Centre and The Belfry. Richard’s Island roots run deep, owning an old Farmhouse in Savage Harbour, and his parents coming from farming communities in Kelly’s Cross and Watervale.
Raised in Charlottetown with summers spent in Alberton, Gracie Finley is well known to PEI audiences having played Anne Shirley in “Anne of Green Gables: The Musical.” Ms. Finley went on to act in “Mary Queen of Scots”, “Jane Eyre”, “Sunshine Town”, “Private Turvey”, “Life Can be Like Wow, Joey…” all with The Charlottetown Festival as well as “Butterflies are Free” with Theatre New Brunswick, and “Rumpelstiltskin” with Neptune Theatre. Previously for the Watermark Gracie has played Alfie in “The Shore Field”, The Queen of Hearts in “Alice in Wonderland”, Eleanor of Aquitaine in “The Lion in Winter”, the Nurse in “Romeo and Juliet,” Lady Markby in “An Ideal Husband”, Madame Arcati in “Blithe Spirit”, Amanda in “The Glass Menagerie”, Ethel Banks in “Barefoot in the Park”, and Kitty Warren in “Mrs. Warren’s Profession”.
Director Jay Northcott is a multidisciplinary artist, director, playwright, burlesque dancer, and producer. Jay works to decolonize their art and practice with storytelling, movement, and gesture to create a foundation for their work. They continue to grow and make it their mission to continue to unlift projects that put BIPOC Queer artists in the spotlight. Credits include: “White Muscle Daddy” (Pencil Kit Production), “Blacktop Sky” (Obsidian Theatre), “Passover” (Obsidian Theatre, AD) “Sweat” (Arts Club & Citadel Theatre, AD), “Scarlet Letter” (Theatre Calgary, AD), “Iphigenia and the Furies” (Saga Collectif, AD), “Cows” (Theatre Junction).
Billy Merasty is celebrating a 38 year career in the Performing Arts having worked right across Canada. Selected productions include “Dry Lips Oughta Move To Kapuskasing”, by Tomson Highway, “Where The Blood Mixes” by Kevin Loring, “Indian Medicine Show” by Daniel David Moses, “King Lear” by William Shakespeare at N.A.C., and his own play, “Fireweed”. Selected Film and Television credits include “Justice Denied, the Donald Marshall Story”, in the Lead Role (CBC/NFB), “Elijah”, in the Lead Role of Elijah Harper (CTV), “Frontier”, as actor and Cree Translator (CTV/Netflix), and recently worked for “Diggs Town”, as Chief Thomas (CBC), and in the film “The 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw” by Shelley Niro, for which he received the Best Supporting Award at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival.
Jan Rudd started her stage career as a stand up comic in Ottawa and later in NYC. She continued her focus on comedy as a cast member in PEI’s Annekenstein and later with the comedy troupe The Drill Queens (Confederation Centre’s Summer Festival). Her one woman show “Safety in Numbers” played at NYC’s Midtown International Festival and as “best of” by Kefproductions NYC “I have a Better Idea” at Theatre Row in NYC. She is presently a player with Farmgate Theatre and appeared in the 2019 show “Behold”. Other favorite credits include “The Vagina Monologues” (Anita’s Way NYC); Funny Women’s Fest (Laugh Factory, NYC); WDGAOFF Dance Academy (Short film); Halifax Comedy Festival; “The Art of Posing” (Director – PEI Fringe); “Ladies and a Gent” (Director/Co-writer – Guild & Confederation Centre); Youth Racism Film series (Director- PEI Newcomer’s Association ); Confederation Centre’s Panto Christmas Shows (Film writing & direction).
The Gin Game, winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 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.
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.
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Watermark Theatre’s Mandate
Located in North Rustico, PEI, on land that is the traditional unceded territory of the Mi’Kmaq, the Watermark Theatre is a professional theatre company that produces time-honoured plays, as well as contemporary plays that resonate with our times.
As a company we are led by the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility and commit to incorporating these core values in everything we do.
We prioritize environmental stewardship and sustainability.
The Watermark Theatre is dedicated to the development of the next generation of theatre artists and arts administrators through mentorship and professional training.
In all of our programming we strive for artistic excellence while endeavouring to inform, affect, and engage our audience and our community.
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