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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 A selection process will begin immediately to choose three new, unpublished, and unproduced plays, to be read by our company of actors during the month of August.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

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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.

Sam Marshall of Hudson & Marshall (not seen) prepares to drop his gavel signaling bidding is over and another house is sold at an auction of foreclosed homes in Denver

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.

Watermark Announces 10th Summer Season

Celebrating the 10th year of producing the finest professional theatre on the Island, Watermark Theatre Artistic Director Robert Tsonos, and General Manager Andrea Surich are proud to announce the 2017 Summer Season.

The season will include Neil Simon’s classic American comedy Barefoot in the Park, and the scathing Mrs. Warren’s Profession by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. The Watermark Play Reading Series returns and will once again be presented throughout the month of August, and our popular music series Classic Music Reignited, with an all Canadian lineup, rounds out the programming for the summer.

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The romantic comedy Barefoot in the Park ran for 1,530 performances when it first opened on Broadway in 1963 making it Neil Simon’s longest running hit and one of the longest running non-musicals in Broadway history. A free-spirited bride and her buttoned-down groom 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. Made into a movie starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, Barefoot in the Park is clever and hilarious, filled with snappy dialogue and witty one-liners. “A bubbling rib-tickling comedy” – The New York Times

George Bernard Shaw’s scathing commentary on social hypocrisy and the excesses of capitalism, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, was banned from being performed in England when it was originally written in 1893 because of its frank discussion of prostitution. Mrs. Kitty Warren 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. A brilliant, provocative play by a master playwright.

To commemorate Canada’s sesquicentennial the 2017 Watermark Play Reading Series will consist of all Canadian plays. Join us for a series of play readings that celebrate the best of the Canadian experience as our acting company members lift the words off the page of these classic Canadian plays.

Classic Music Reignited, our popular music series curated by Rob Oakie will also have an all Canadian lineup this year. Island musical artists interpret Canadian classic composers in a way that you have never heard before.

Also, a number of festive plans to celebrate our 10th Anniversary will be announced in the next few months.

Season Tickets are now on sale at early bird rates of $99 for 4 tickets and $124 for 6 tickets. A new group package of 10 tickets is available for $199.

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

Watermark Theatre Announces 2016 Season

The Watermark Theatre’s Artistic Director Robert Tsonos, and General Manager Andrea Surich are proud to announce the 2016 Summer Season.

The season will include the American modern classic The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, and the Noel Coward comedy Blithe Spirit. A new initiative, The Watermark Play Reading Series, will be presented throughout the month of August, and our popular music series Classic Music Reignited rounds out the programming for the summer.

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The Glass Menagerie became an instant and enduring hit when it appeared on Broadway in 1945, winning the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play and brought Tennessee Williams, until then an obscure young playwright, to prominence. In a cramped St Louis apartment in 1945 the regrets, hopes and frustrations of an abandoned family are revealed with the truth, humour, and compassion for which Tennessee Williams is renowned. Celebrated as one the greatest plays of the English‐speaking world!

In Blithe Spirit, while researching his new novel, Charles Condomine invites the implausible medium Madame Arcati to his house for a séance. Arcati unwittingly summons the ghost of Charles’ dead wife Elvira who soon makes a play to reclaim her husband, much to the chagrin of Charles’ new wife Ruth. One husband, two feuding wives and a whisper of mischief in the air – Noel Coward at his comedic best!

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. Plays by Arthur Miller, Eugene Ionesco, Lillian Hellman, Eugene O’Neill, Henrik Ibsen, George Bernard Shaw, Dario Fo, Clare Boothe Luce, and Harold Pinter are only a few of the possible playwrights featured in the series. Classic Canadian plays will also be included in this series. Plays by David French, Sharon Pollock, Michel Tremblay, John Murrell, and Judith Thompson.

In addition to the great plays of the English‐speaking world, we will also present play readings in French from the masters of French theatre as well as some French‐Canadian classics. Plays by Moliere, Marivaux, Michel Marc Bouchard, Jean‐Paul Sartre, Jean Cocteau, Jean Racine and Gratien Gélinas, to name a few.

Classic Music Reignited is our popular music series curated by Rob Oakie. Island musical artists interpret classic composers in a way that you have never heard before. Last summer we celebrated the music of Edith Piaf, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and The Rat Pack trio of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Junior and Dean Martin. Our 2016 lineup will be announced soon.

Season Tickets are now on sale at early bird rates of $99 for 4 tickets and $124 for 6 tickets. For more information please contact Andrea Surich at 902‐963‐3963 or generalmanager@watermarktheatre.com

The Watermark Theatre is at 57 Church Hill Ave in North Rustico, across the street from the Church of Stella Maris.