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Shoot the Moon

August 4, 2019 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at The Guild
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This August, The Guild celebrates one of Canada’s most celebrated pieces of theatre. Be transported to 1920’s Newfoundland with Salt-Water Moon by David French.
It’s a splendid, moon-filled night at Coley’s Point in August, 1926. Eighteen-year old Jacob Mercer has returned from Toronto to the tiny Newfoundland outport, hoping to win back his former sweetheart, Mary Snow. But Mary has become engaged to wealthy Jerome McKenzie, and she is still hurt and bewildered by Jacob’s abrupt departure a year earlier. She will not be easily wooed.
This production is being presented by Island theatre artists Helen Killorn and Justin Shaw. Island audiences may remember Killorn from her work in Melville Boys at Victoria Playhouse, and various Feast Dinner Theatre productions. Shaw may be recognized from his work with the Popalopalots Live Improv Comedy, Vagabond Productions, and his Island Fringe Festival solo show The Wrestling Play. Killorn and Shaw originally mounted Salt-Water Moon independently in August 2018 in Fort McMurray, Alberta, but their common passion for this project inspired them to continue their journey to bring the story to their hometown of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
“What a privilege it is for Justin and I to come home and share such a beautiful piece of theatre with our community,” says Killorn. “A lot of heart and soul went into the original production last summer, and for us to remount it not only in our home town, but also at a space such as The Guild, truly is an honour.”
“Having the Guild supporting Helen and I on this project is a dream,” says Shaw. “Being able to share this story in the heart of downtown Charlottetown during the summer provides Helen and I the opportunity to present this production to a broad audience at a professional scale. To say we’re excited is an understatement.”
This classic East Coast love story guarantees to be an unforgettable theatre experience filled with laughter, drama, and a powerful reminder of the integrity of love.
This production is being presented as a Sunday matinee at The Guild (111 Queen St., Charlottetown) throughout the month of August. Tickets are available online at http://www.theguildpei.com and at The Guild Box Office. For more information, please call 902-620-3333.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Play Reading Gets Scary at the Watermark

Watermark Announces 2017 Play Reading Series

To commemorate Canada’s sesquicentennial the 2017 Watermark Play Reading Series will consist of a lineup of all Canadian plays. The readings begin with one of the most produced Canadian plays of all time, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight by Peter Colley (August 5th at 1:30PM). A thriller that is sure to make you laugh and jump out of your seat at the same time. Next on the list is the family drama Leaving Home by David French (August 16th at 1:30PM). Finally, a psychological murder mystery by Nova Scotian playwright Sharon Pollock called Blood Relations (August 23rdat 1:30PM).

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In I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, Jan is a young wife recovering from a nervous disorder.  She and her husband rent a remote cabin from an odd farmer who delights in telling gruesome ghost stories.  Then the husband’s strange sister arrives, and all manner of frightening events occur.  What happens to fragile Jan as bodies appear and disappear give this classic thriller its tremendously frightening impact.  The play has been performed in 31 countries and was made into a major motion picture.

Leaving Home tells the story of the Mercer family who are in the throes of preparations for their youngest son’s (Bill) wedding to a young lady (Kathy) he has gotten pregnant. As they sit down for dinner the night of the wedding rehearsal, things erupt when Ben, the elder son, reveals he is moving out. Minnie, Kathy’s mother, arrives and throws a wrench into the proceedings, bringing up the relationship she once shared with Bill’s father.

Blood Relations is based on historical fact and speculation surrounding the life of Lizzie Borden and the murders of her father and stepmother, crimes with which Borden was charged. Pollock uses the “facts” of the case as a foundation on which to build a strong case for collective guilt and responsibility. The published version of Blood Relations won the Canadian Governor General’s Award in 1981.

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. “The series is a great way to test out a variety of different plays on our audience and helps us decide our future programming. It also allows me to try new actors that I am unfamiliar with for future casting consideration”, says Artistic Director Robert Tsonos.

Actors from the 2017 Watermark Acting Company as well as a few local guest actors will participate.

All tickets are $10.

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

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

Photo is of Playwright Sharon Pollock.