A New PEI Play

Winner of our PEI Playwriting Competition

We are thrilled to announce that Marlene Campbell is the winner of our PEI Playwriting Competition with her play The Conversation. The honour comes with a $1500 cash prize and a public reading of her play.

Nineteen plays were submitted to the competition by PEI playwrights. The jury for the competition consisted of Santiago Guzmán, Dia Gupta Frid and Watermark’s Artistic Director Robert Tsonos.

The public reading of the play will be held on March 30th at 7:30PM.

The Conversation

The conversation at the supper table between an elderly mother and her caretaking daughter takes an unexpected turn into uncharted territory. In the desire for a real conversation not all of what is revealed is welcomed, but both women realize that time is slipping away taking with it the opportunity for understanding and forgiveness.

Marlene Campbell has written stories since she could hold a pencil. She grew up in Southwest, Lot 16, and now calls Arlington home. She has a degree in political science from UPEI, and has worked as a news reporter, in agriculture, home care, and as a cultural programmer. She has written several books including, Vintage Christmas, and Memories of Christmas. Through her work with Culture Summerside she wrote the book, Lighting the Way: The 100 Year History of Summerside Electric, published in 2021. In her day job she has written two plays, numerous radio dramas, vignettes, and public programs.

Congratulations Marlene!

Theatre PEI


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