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Book of Canadian Hope Arrives

At sunrise on July 1, 2017, A Book of Canadian Hope/ Un livre d’espoir canadien was presented to the Premier of Prince Edward Island with a request that it be sealed in the building and be opened on this day in 2167.

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The book arrived by canoe carried by Mi’kmaq Legend leader, Julie Pelletier-Lush. Elder Thirley Levi led a smudging ceremony which was followed by a silent walk during which participants made wishes for the future. The path traced the steps of those who attended the 1864 Charlottetown Conference. At Province House, Julie will give a copy of the book to Premier Wade MacLauchlan with a request that it be sealed in the walls of Province House to be opened and read to our descendants on this day, 2167.

A Book of Canadian Hope/Un livre d’espoir canadien completes a project created by PEI’s Watermark Theatre. Nine short plays designed to help express what Canadians wished for the next 150 years were commissioned. Between January and May 2015, the plays toured to 21 cities and created conversations with more than 8000 people.

Three wishes expressed in every session were identified and a partnership with the Palmer Conference on Public Policy at the University of Prince Edward Island in September 2015 was made. This led to an exploration by world experts on how we can start to make these wishes come true for our descendants.

The Book contains samples of how we live, love and care for our country today in excerpts from the plays, curated samples of the wishes made, photographs from throughout the journey and excerpts from advice given at the Palmer Conference. A limited number of first edition copies will be available for $29.95 by writing to info@watermarktheatre.com and selected outlets in Prince Edward Island.

All proceeds go to the non-profit Watermark Theatre.

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From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary

The Charlottetown Festival is hosting a special play reading on Thursday, March 24, at 7:30 PM in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery to mark World Theatre Day.

The free public reading is of Stories From the Quilt, directed and adapted by Marlane O’Brien from the story collection, as well as And My Name Is…Stories From The Quilt by Island writer, Margie Carmichael. The animated play reading will feature O’Brien, Artistic Director Adam Brazier, Donnie MacPhee, Melissa Mullen, Julie Pellissier-Lush, and others.

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Stories From the Quilt follows four short stories focusing on ordinary women with extraordinary skills, gifts, and strengths. They live next door or far away, shadowed by fear or absence of recognition. Each of these Island-centred tales balances humour and pathos, featuring a different lead – Tansie, Anna, Flora, and Olivia – and exploring themes of survival, forgiveness, and renewal. Led by O’Brien, a long-time Charlottetown Festival favourite, the script was workshopped last summer as part of the Festival development series with a group of notable performers from across Canada, including Jay Davis, Bruce Dow, Natasha Greenblatt, and Jan Alexandra Smith.

Created in 1961 by UNESCO, World Theatre Day is marked annually by theatre communities worldwide. It celebrates the power of theatre as an indispensable bridge-builder for mutual international understanding and peace and promotes and protects cultural diversity and identity.