At the Card Table

Actor Richard Clarkin thrilled to be back in PEI
The Gin Game by D.L. Coburn now playing at Watermark Theatre in North Rustico stars Gracie Finleyand Richard Clarkin. Gracie is well known to local audiences, however it has been more than 35 years since Richard has appeared on stage here. “I was a young actor in Saltwater Moon many years ago at the Charlottetown Festival and am thrilled to be back on stage here at Watermark in The Gin Game”, says Clarkin.
Even though it has been many years since he’s performed here Richard is no stranger to the Island. “I have very deep roots on PEI with both of my parents from farm families in Kelly’s Cross and Watervale. My childhood summers meant road trips to PEI and this tradition continued with my own family. I still have lots of family and a circle of dear friends here and about five years ago my wife and I found a lovely little farmhouse in Savage Harbour and have made it a seasonal home. I’m doing work on it to make it a year round place and look forward to spending as much time here as possible.”
Asked about working at the Watermark for the first time, Richard had this to say: “The theatre itself is a gem and Artistic Director Robert Tsonos has a way of surrounding himself with excellent artists and crew and being in beautiful North Rustico is icing on the cake. Our volunteers at Watermark and community support have been pretty amazing. I just feel darn lucky to have landed here.”
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 runs until July 31st.
Tickets are now on sale at
Or call the box office at 902-963-3963
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.
For more information please contact Lara Dias at 902-963-3963 or

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