Over the Moon

Local actress to star in “A Moon for the Misbegotten” at Watermark Theatre

Watermark Theatre is delighted to announce that local PEI actress Brielle Ansems has won the coveted lead role of Josie Hogan in A Moon for the Misbegotten after a national audition search.

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Raised in Montague, and currently living in Charlottetown, Brielle is a student at the Holland College School of Performing Arts Theatre Program and is also immersed in a burgeoning career as a singer-songwriter here on the Island. Her theatre experience includes “The Island’s Super Duper Fantabulous Holiday Smorgasbord of Joy” at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, “The Princess and the Pea” with The Cat’s Pajamas Theatre Company, and Theatre St. Thomas’ “The Caucasian Chalk Circle”. You may also have seen her in a multitude of shows with White Rose Entertainment’s Feast Dinner Theatres.

Brielle is thrilled to be making her full-season debut at the Watermark, particularly in a role with as much to offer as Josie Hogan. “Josie’s resilience and vulnerability are so real and compelling, and it’s an honour to be able to bring her to life this summer”.

“We held auditions for this role in Charlottetown, Halifax, and in Toronto. We also received video taped auditions submitted from across the country”, says Watermark Artistic Director Robert Tsonos, “Brielle had stiff competition from many very talented actresses from across the country but she did a superb audition and we are thrilled to have her join us this summer”.

A Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene O’Neill is a unique blend of comedy, tragedy, autobiography, and imagination.  A love story set in 1923 between a Broadway actor, Jim Tyrone, and a Connecticut farm girl named Josie Hogan. Josie and her hard drinking Irish father Phil scheme to hold on to the farm they’ve worked for 20 years. When their neighbour, an oil magnate, stakes a claim on their property they do all they can to stop the sale. Under the light of one night’s magical moon A Moon for The Misbegotten plumbs the depth of the human spirit with tremendous redemptive power.
“The finest love story in American dramatic literature” – New York Daily News

Brielle can’t wait to start rehearsals and spend the summer in North Rustico, “I couldn’t be more excited to be cast in this production. O’Neill’s writing is an actor’s dream, and this show is no exception.”

A Moon for the Misbegotten runs from July 6th to August 31st, 2018.

For more information, or to set up an interview with Ms. Ansems please contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

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Watermark Dials Up Director for Murder

Megan Watson to direct “Dial M For Murder” at Watermark Theatre

Watermark Theatre is delighted to announce that Megan Watson has been hired to direct Dial “M” For Murder by Frederick Knott in the company’s 2018 summer season.

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Originally from Ottawa, Ms. Watson is currently the Artistic Associate with The Grand Theatre in London, Ontario. She holds an MFA in directing from the University of Alberta and a BFA in acting from Ryerson University. Her recent directing credits include: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Shakespeare in the Ruff), “Agency” (Yell Rebel), “Extremophiles” (Summerworks), “Julius Caesar” (Grand Theatre HSP), “Crookback – an adaptation of Richard III” (Beacon Theatre), “When the Rain Stops Falling”, “Much Ado About Nothing” (University of Alberta), and “Derailed” (AMY Project). As the Artistic Associate at The Grand, she leads the new play development program, COMPASS, and will be directing “The Glass Menagerie” April 3rd to 14th, 2018.

“We’re delighted to have Megan join us this season”, enthused Watermark Artistic Director Robert Tsonos, “She’s a very talented director and is going to bring a great energy, theatricality, and intelligence to our production”.

Dial “M” For Murder by Frederick Knott, written in 1952, tells the frightening story of a husband planning the murder of his adulterous wife. He arranges the perfect crime by blackmailing a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her at a time when he has the perfect alibi. Of course, things do not turn out as planned. The play that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s film classic weaves an ever-tightening web of danger and deception. Full of twists, turns, and suspense, this gripping thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Artistic Director Robert Tsonos will also be directing this summer. He will be tackling the classic American love story by Eugene O’Neill, A Moon For The Misbegotten. The designers hired for our summer productions will be familiar to PEI audiences as all have worked on previous seasons. Set designer William Layton is joining us for his 3rd season, lighting designer Renée Brode joins us for her 2nd season, and Julia Hodgson will serve as costume designer this year in her 2nd season with the company.

Our 2018 summer season runs from June 26th to September 1st, 2018.

For more information, or to set up an interview with Ms. Watson please contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

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WATERMARK THEATRE’S 2018 SUMMER SEASON ANNOUNCED!

Watermark Theatre’s Artistic Director Robert Tsonos, and General Manager Andrea Surich are proud to announce the 2018 Summer Season.

The season will include the classic thriller Dial “M” For Murder by Frederick Knott and the powerful A Moon For The Misbegotten by Eugene O’Neill. Our popular music series Classic Music Reignited returns once again, celebrating its 5th year, and the Watermark Play Reading Series will focus on new plays in development by Atlantic Canadian Playwrights.

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 Dial “M” For Murder by Frederick Knott, written in 1952, tells the frightening story of a husband planning the murder of his adulterous wife. He arranges the perfect crime by blackmailing a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her at a time when he has the perfect alibi. Of course, things do not turn out as planned. The play that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s film classic weaves an ever-tightening web of danger and deception. Full of twists, turns, and suspense, this gripping thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Written in 1943 by four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Eugene O’Neill, A Moon for the Misbegotten is set on a Connecticut tenant farm where two lost souls find hope and redemption under a lover’s moon. Josie Hogan is a boisterous woman with a quick tongue and a tarnished reputation. It’s been a hard and lonely life, working the Tyrone farm with her bullying father. One night, with the man she is in love with, James Tyrone, sparks fly and hope burns anew as two “misbegotten” souls come together.

“O’Neill at the height of his powers… hauntingly poetic truths about love and self-delusion”. — The Los Angeles Times

In a shift in programming to the Play Reading Series, this year’s plays will showcase new work in development by Atlantic Canadian playwrights. A selection process will begin immediately to choose three new, unpublished, and unproduced plays, to be read by our company of actors during the month of August. A list of plays and playwrights will be released in the Spring of 2018.

Yes, it’s been 5 years since we began our Classic Music Reignited series, our popular music series curated by Rob Oakie. As always, Island musical artists interpret classic composers in a way that you have never heard before. Stay tuned for our list of composers and Island musicians soon.

Season Ticket Passes are now on sale at early bird rates until December 31st, 2017. $99 for 4 tickets, $135 for 6 tickets, and $210 for 10 tickets.

902-963-3963 or visit http://www.watermarktheatre.com

Watermark Announces 2018 Season

Watermark Theatre’s 2018 Summer Season Announced!

Watermark Theatre’s Artistic Director Robert Tsonos, and General Manager Andrea Surich are proud to announce the 2018 Summer Season.

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The season will include the classic thriller Dial “M” For Murder by Frederick Knott and the powerful A Moon For The Misbegotten by Eugene O’Neill. Our popular music series Classic Music Reignited returns once again, celebrating its 5th year, and the Watermark Play Reading Series will focus on new plays in development by Atlantic Canadian Playwrights.

Dial “M” For Murder by Frederick Knott, written in 1952, tells the frightening story of a husband planning the murder of his adulterous wife. He arranges the perfect crime by blackmailing a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her at a time when he has the perfect alibi. Of course, things do not turn out as planned. The play that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s film classic weaves an ever-tightening web of danger and deception. Full of twists, turns, and suspense, this gripping thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Written in 1943 by four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Eugene O’Neill, A Moon for the Misbegotten is set on a Connecticut tenant farm where two lost souls find hope and redemption under a lover’s moon. Josie Hogan is a boisterous woman with a quick tongue and a tarnished reputation. It’s been a hard and lonely life, working the Tyrone farm with her bullying father. One night, with the man she is in love with, James Tyrone, sparks fly and hope burns anew as two “misbegotten” souls come together.
“O’Neill at the height of his powers… hauntingly poetic truths about love and self-delusion”. — The Los Angeles Times

In a shift in programming to the Play Reading Series, this year’s plays will showcase new work in development by Atlantic Canadian playwrights. A selection process will begin immediately to choose three new, unpublished, and unproduced plays, to be read by our company of actors during the month of August. A list of plays and playwrights will be released in the Spring of 2018.

Yes, it’s been 5 years since we began our Classic Music Reignited series, our popular music series curated by Rob Oakie. As always, Island musical artists interpret classic composers in a way that you have never heard before. Stay tuned for our list of composers and Island musicians soon.

Season Ticket Passes are now on sale at early bird rates until December 31st, 2017. $99 for 4 tickets, $135 for 6 tickets, and $210 for 10 tickets.
902-963-3963 or visit http://www.watermarktheatre.com

Watermark Theatre strives to produce the finest professional theatre on the Island. By producing and presenting theatre, music and artwork, our goal is to enrich and contribute to the community in which we work, the province in which we live, and the Canadian theatre community to which we belong. Watermark believes in the development of the next generation of theatre artists and arts administrators through mentorship and professional training. Plays are chosen from the international repertoire of classic and modern classic plays that are at least 50 years old and Canadian plays at least 30 years old. In all of our programming we strive for artistic excellence and a diversity of voices, while endeavouring to inform, to affect, and to engage with our audience.

Watermark is a proud member of the PTN (Professional Theatre Network of PEI).

For more information please contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

Busting the Box Office

Watermark Box Office up 22.57% for 2017 Summer Season

Watermark Theatre is thrilled to announce that box office revenue for the recently completed 2017 summer season was up by an impressive 22.57% over last year. Productions of Barefoot in the Park and Mrs. Warren’s Profession both exceeded expectations while season subscription passes jumped significantly. A one week extension to the season was a contributing factor to the increase of sales but strong attendance throughout the summer for both productions also contributed. The productions success was generated by wonderful word-of-mouth throughout the Island, a successful marketing plan, and exceptional reviews.

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Review Quotes For Mrs. Warren’s Profession
“…the most satisfying piece of theatre I’ve seen on Prince Edward Island…Highly recommended” – The Guardian
“…delivered with intelligence and sensitivity…I am so whole-heartedly grateful for the Watermark Theatre” – The Buzz

Review Quotes for Barefoot in the Park
“…hard work, talent, charm and honesty can help carry the day…played with genuine commitment” – The Guardian
“…a comedy about relationships, full of zingy dialogue and zany antics…a great summer evening” – The Buzz

Some may remember that last summer (2016) the company saw a 30% jump in individual ticket sales. Increasing box office by an additional 22% this summer is an impressive first two years for Artistic Director Robert Tsonos who is of course thrilled with how audiences have responded so far during his tenure. “We’ll just keep doing what we’re doing and continue to build our audiences as best we can”, says Tsonos. “There was a real sense of excitement this year about our productions and we continue to strive to the highest standards of excellence and our patrons are really responding”.

General Manager Andrea Surich adds that everyone at the theatre played their part. “From our wonderful volunteers, box office and bar staff right through to our talented production team and acting company, everyone contributed to the success of the season. The local North Rusticans were also very supportive this year and we are so grateful for their continued support of our theatre”, adds Surich.

Programming for Watermark’s 2018 summer season will be announced very soon.

For more information please contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

Watermark Extends Summer Season

We are pleased to announce that the Watermark Theatre’s 2017 10thAnniversary summer season will be extended by one week to September 2nd, 2017. The theatre has seen an increase in season ticket passes by 28% so far this summer and individual tickets are already outpacing last summer’s incredible showing of “Blithe Spirit” and “The Glass Menagerie”, which saw a 30% increase in individual tickets over the previous season.

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This summer’s productions of “Barefoot in the Park” by Neil Simon and “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” by George Bernard Shaw have both received outstanding critical and audience response. The Guardian called our production of “Mrs. Warren’s Profession”, “…the most satisfying piece of theatre I’ve seen on Prince Edward Island…Highly recommended”. The Buzz said about the show, “…delivered with intelligence and sensitivity…I am so whole-heartedly grateful for the Watermark Theatre”. “Barefoot in the Park” was equally well regarded, with The Guardian saying about the show, “…hard work, talent, charm and honesty can help carry the day…played with genuine commitment”. The Buzz added, “…a comedy about relationships, full of zingy dialogue and zany antics…a great summer evening”.

Four performances of “Barefoot in the Park” will be added on August 28th and 31st at 7:30PM, as well as on September 2nd at 1:30PM and 7:30PM.Three performances of “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” will be added on August 29th and 30th, as well as September 1st, all at 7:30PM.

“We are, of course, thrilled that we’re able to add extra performances and play right into Labour Day weekend”, says Artistic Director Robert Tsonos, “we’ve had such a wonderful response from audiences so far this season and we’re expecting crowds to increase even more over the rest of the summer”.

The romantic comedy “Barefoot in the Park” is a 1963 play about a free-spirited bride and her buttoned-down groom who settle down to some rocky happily-ever-aftering in a New York City walk-up, occasionally invaded by the bride’s wacky mother and the quirky bohemian who lives in the attic.

George Bernard Shaw’s beautifully crafted “Mrs. Warren’s Profession“, written in 1893, tells the story of Mrs. Kitty Warren who worked her way out of the London slums and now lives abroad, having provided her daughter Vivie with the education and means to grow into a smart, independent young woman of strong convictions. When Mrs. Warren returns, mother and daughter discover that neither is the woman they thought they knew.

Tickets can be purchased at watermarktheatre.com or 902-963-3963

For more information or an interview please contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

Going Once Going Twice…

The Watermark Theatre is holding an online auction to help raise funds for our 10th Anniversary 2017 summer season. We’re auctioning off exciting items both local to PEI and further afield. Travel, sports, theatre, and restaurant options are all available at incredible prices.

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April 3rd to 6th – Viewing Only (no log-in necessary)
April 7th to 24th – Bidding

Go to: watermarktheatre2017.eflea.ca

– One Week Cottage Stay On PEI’s North Shore
– One Week Grand Bend Ontario Vacation
– Deep Sea Fishing
– Sailboat Cruise from Souris to Bay Fortune
– Dinner for six at the home of Watermark Founding Artistic Director,
Duncan McIntosh
– Theatre tickets to the Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Charlottetown Festival, Victoria Playhouse, Guild Theatre, and Blyth Festival
– Toronto Theatre Tickets to Tarragon Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille
– Tickets to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Island Storm
– A night’s stay and dinner at The Inn at St. Peters
– Golfing at Anderson Creek, Glasgow Hills, and Rustico Resort
– Dinner at The Pearl, PEI Preserve Company…
……And Much Much More!

Funds are supporting our 10th Anniversary Season:

Great classical theatre! Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon & Mrs Warren’s Profession by George Bernard Shaw
The Play Reading Series is coming back to introduce classic Canadian plays to our audience
Classic Music Reignited music series celebrating Canadian icons for Canada’s 150th
Watermark Gallery with a retrospective of our 10 Seasons as well as a celebration of the history of the building in North Rustico
The Theatre Production Mentorship Project, training young theatre artists to become the leaders of tomorrow
The Acting Conservatory, a two week acting intensive for young students
Chinese sur-titles on selected performances

Posting on all community events boards and broadcasting on all community service announcements would be much appreciated.

Watermark is a proud member of the PTN – Professional Theatre Network of PEI.

For more information please contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com.