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At the Card Table

Actor Richard Clarkin thrilled to be back in PEI
 
The Gin Game by D.L. Coburn now playing at Watermark Theatre in North Rustico stars Gracie Finleyand Richard Clarkin. Gracie is well known to local audiences, however it has been more than 35 years since Richard has appeared on stage here. “I was a young actor in Saltwater Moon many years ago at the Charlottetown Festival and am thrilled to be back on stage here at Watermark in The Gin Game”, says Clarkin.
 
Even though it has been many years since he’s performed here Richard is no stranger to the Island. “I have very deep roots on PEI with both of my parents from farm families in Kelly’s Cross and Watervale. My childhood summers meant road trips to PEI and this tradition continued with my own family. I still have lots of family and a circle of dear friends here and about five years ago my wife and I found a lovely little farmhouse in Savage Harbour and have made it a seasonal home. I’m doing work on it to make it a year round place and look forward to spending as much time here as possible.”
 
Asked about working at the Watermark for the first time, Richard had this to say: “The theatre itself is a gem and Artistic Director Robert Tsonos has a way of surrounding himself with excellent artists and crew and being in beautiful North Rustico is icing on the cake. Our volunteers at Watermark and community support have been pretty amazing. I just feel darn lucky to have landed here.”
 
The Gin Game, winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, uses a card game as a metaphor for life. Weller Martin is playing solitaire on the porch of a seedy nursing home. Enter Fonsia Dorsey, a prim, self-righteous lady. They discover they both dislike the home and enjoy gin rummy, so they begin to play and to reveal intimate details of their lives. The Gin Game runs until July 31st.
 
Tickets are now on sale at http://www.ticketwizard.ca
Or call the box office at 902-963-3963
 
Watermark Theatre’s Mandate
Located in North Rustico, PEI, on land that is the traditional unceded territory of the Mi’Kmaq, the Watermark Theatre is a professional theatre company that produces time-honoured plays, as well as contemporary plays that resonate with our times.
As a company we are led by the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility and commit to incorporating these core values in everything we do.
We prioritize environmental stewardship and sustainability.
The Watermark Theatre is dedicated to the development of the next generation of theatre artists and arts administrators through mentorship and professional training.
In all of our programming we strive for artistic excellence while endeavouring to inform, affect, and engage our audience and our community.
 
For more information please contact Lara Dias at 902-963-3963 or admin@watermarktheatre.com.

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50/50 at the Watermark

Summer-Long 50/50 Draw to Support Watermark Theatre
Play our online 50/50 Draw running from July 1st to August 31st. Two months to help raise funds for Watermark Theatre’s 2021 Summer Season. Must be a resident of PEI and 19+ years old. Buy one for $5 or three for $10.
Support our 2021 Summer Season by playing here:
https://www.acechaser.com/show/2920
or Call 902-963-3963.

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Watermark Updates a Cottager

Casting Update – Cottagers and Indians

A casting change to our production of Cottagers and Indians. The role of Arthur Copper will now be played by Gordon Patrick White.
Gordon has worked with various companies in the Atlantic provinces, as well as The Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa (‘An Acre of Time’), Native Earth in Toronto (‘A Very Polite Genocide’), Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay (‘Dead White Writer on the Floor’), and Theatre North West in Prince George BC (‘Where The Blood Mixes’). Other credits include Clov in ‘Endgame’ (Theatre NFLD and Labrador); ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ (Theatre New Brunswick); Puck in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (Stephenville Festival); ‘Strange Humours’ (Eastern Front Theatre); Titus in ‘The Devil’s Diciple’ (Neptune Theatre); ‘Merlin'(Halifax Theatre for Young People); Kemp in ‘Vigil’ (Live Bait Theatre); and as twins Edger and Ledger in ‘Ivor Johnson’s Neighbours’ (Ship’s Company Theatre). He has appeared in three season at the Stratford Festival, in such roles as Simon in ‘Mother’s Daughter’, Paris in ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Black Dog in ‘Treasure Island’, Egeon in ‘The Comedy of Errors’ and Ezekiel Cheever in ‘ The Crucible’. Gordon appeared as Edger in ‘King Lear’ at the National Arts Centre, with August Schellenberg, directed by Peter Hinton. Tv and film credits include: Haven, Black Harbour, Mr. D, New Waterford Girl, Blackfly, Rollertown, Charlie Zone, and Picnicface.

Watermark Theatre’s Mandate
Located in North Rustico, PEI, on land that is the traditional unceded territory of the Mi’Kmaq, the Watermark Theatre is a professional theatre company that produces time-honoured plays, as well as contemporary plays that resonate with our times.
As a company we are led by the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility and commit to incorporating these core values in everything we do.
We prioritize environmental stewardship and sustainability.
The Watermark Theatre is dedicated to the development of the next generation of theatre artists and arts administrators through mentorship and professional training.
In all of our programming we strive for artistic excellence while endeavouring to inform, affect, and engage our audience and our community.

For more information please contact Lara Dias at 902-963-3963 or admin@watermarktheatre.com

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Singing Songs at the Watermark

Watermark Music Series Artists Announced
 
Watermark is pleased to announce the artists performing in the 2021 Watermark Music Series. Curated as always by Rob Oakie, the series features local PEI artists interpreting the music of great songwriters. Due to limited capacity of only 40 seats, two concerts are already sold out.
 
Sunday July 25th, 7:30pm – SOLD OUT
The Songs of John Prine – The beloved American songwriter passed away from COVID-19 in 2020 and his loss was felt by the international music community and fans around the globe. For more than half a century, Prine wrote many iconic songs including Angel From Montgomery, Illegal Smile, Paradise, Hello In There and many more. Reimagining his songs will be a trio of wonderful young up and coming PEI artists, Brielle Ansems, Justyn Thyme and Lawrence Maxwell.
 
Sunday August 8th, 7:30pm – Tickets Still Available
Songs For a Small Planet – This is the first step in creating an international project dedicated to creating visionary songs that inspire us to make the world a better place. Themes of environment, social justice, self-care, tolerance, love and more will be presented by a stunning group of PEI women. Leading the way is project creator and musician Teresa Doyle who will be joined by Island treasure Meaghan Blanchard, poet and songsmith Tanya Davis and international touring artist Emmanuelle LeBlanc of Vishtèn fame. Special guest Julie Pellissier-Lush, PEI Poet Laureate, actress, best-selling author, recipient of the Queens jubilee medal, the Meritorious Service Medal recipient, and the Senators 150 medal will join the group to offer Mi’kmaq greetings and read a selection of her poems.
 
Sunday August 22nd, 7:30pm – Sold Out
Jazz & Swing from the 30s and 40s – It was an amazing time for music as the world dug out of the depression and jazz and swing took over as the popular music of the day. Artists including Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Tommy Dorsey and many more commanded the charts and had people out on the dance floor like never before. Interpreting music from the era will be the SOPA All Stars. Izzy Serebrov, Luisa Güiza, Drew Cassibo and Samuel Ochoa Caceres are star students of the Holland College School of Performing Arts and will provide some stunning arrangements of iconic songs from the era.
 
Tickets for the August 8th concert are on sale at http://www.ticketwizard.ca
Or call the box office at 902-963-3963
 
Watermark Theatre’s Mandate
Located in North Rustico, PEI, on land that is the traditional unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq, the Watermark Theatre is a professional theatre company that produces time-honoured plays, as well as contemporary plays that resonate with our times.
As a company we are led by the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility and commit to incorporating these core values in everything we do.
We prioritize environmental stewardship and sustainability.
The Watermark Theatre is dedicated to the development of the next generation of theatre artists and arts administrators through mentorship and professional training.
In all of our programming we strive for artistic excellence while endeavouring to inform, affect, and engage our audience and our community.
 
For more information please contact Lara Dias at 902-963-3963 or admin@watermarktheatre.comtheatre

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Lend a Helping Hand

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge!
Donate to Watermark Theatre from June 1st to 30th, and every $1 donated to us through CanadaHelps gives us a chance to win $20,000.
The more you give, the more chances for us to win!
Please support our 2021 Summer Season by donating here:
https://www.canadahelps.org/…/cha…/watermark-theatre/…
You may also send a cheque to:
Watermark Theatre, PO Box 190, 57 Church Hill Ave, North Rustico, PE, C0A 1X0
We are a not for profit charitable organization and a charitable tax receipt will be issued with all donations.

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The Gin Man

Actor Profile: Richard Clarkin 
Will play the role of Weller Martin in “The Gin Game”.
July 13th to 31st, 2021. 
For tickets www.ticketwizard.ca or call 902-963-3963.

An Award-Winning performer and graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Richard Clarkin has created a versatile catalogue of characters on both stage and screen. Clarkin’s acting career began in 1984 when he originated the role of “Jacob Mercer” in David French’s iconic play Salt Water Moon for Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. Most recently, also for Tarragon, Clarkin played “Menelaus” in Rick Robert’s adaptation of Orestes, a digital performance for the pandemic era, and a first of its kind for the theatre.


Clarkin has performed in large scale musicals such as Jukebox Hero and in the long running Disney/Mirvish hit production The Lion King, where he played the iconic role of “Scar”. Clarkin has fostered long associations with iconic theatre groups such as VideoCab and the Company Theatre in Toronto, as well as performing in leading roles for decorated companies across the country, including The Stratford Festival, Soulpepper Theatre, Necessary Angel, Grand Theatre, Atlantic Theatre Festival, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, The Globe Theatre, Citadel, National Arts Centre and The Belfry. 


In 2018 Clarkin won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film for his work in The Drawer Boy. Other notable screen roles include “Captain Gord Ogilvey” in the hit hockey comedy movies Goon and Goon II: Last of the Enforcers by director Michael Dowse, and recently the David Bowie biopic Stardust, and the soon to be released film Carmen opposite Natasha McElhone.


Clarkin’s extensive television credits include the recurring role of “Chief Inspector Davis” on Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, Burden of Truth (CBC), Rogue (Audience), Killjoys (Syfy), Republic of Doyle (CBC), Flashpoint (CBS/CTV) and a series regular role on the popular teen sitcom Naturally, Sadie for Disney Channel and Family Channel.


Clarkin divides his time between Toronto and PEI. His island roots run deep, owning an old Farmhouse in Savage Harbour, and his parents coming from farming communities in Kelly’s Cross and Watervale.

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Raring to Go

Directors and Actors announced for Watermark’s summer season.
 
Watermark’s first play of the summer season, The Gin Game, will be directed by Artistic Director Robert Tsonos and star Richard Clarkin and Gracie Finley. Later in the summer, Cottagers and Indians will star Billy Merasty and Jan Rudd and will be co-directed by Jay Northcott and Robert Tsonos.
 
An Award-Winning performer and graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Richard Clarkin’s acting career began in 1984 when he originated the role of Jacob Mercer in David French’s iconic play “Salt Water Moon” for Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. He performed in the long running Disney/Mirvish hit production of “The Lion King”, where he played the iconic role of “Scar”, as well as performing in leading roles for companies across the country including The Stratford Festival, Soulpepper Theatre, Necessary Angel, Grand Theatre, Atlantic Theatre Festival, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, The Globe Theatre, Citadel, National Arts Centre and The Belfry. Richard’s Island roots run deep, owning an old Farmhouse in Savage Harbour, and his parents coming from farming communities in Kelly’s Cross and Watervale.
 
Raised in Charlottetown with summers spent in Alberton, Gracie Finley is well known to PEI audiences having played Anne Shirley in “Anne of Green Gables: The Musical.” Ms. Finley went on to act in “Mary Queen of Scots”, “Jane Eyre”, “Sunshine Town”, “Private Turvey”, “Life Can be Like Wow, Joey…” all with The Charlottetown Festival as well as “Butterflies are Free” with Theatre New Brunswick, and “Rumpelstiltskin” with Neptune Theatre. Previously for the Watermark Gracie has played Alfie in “The Shore Field”, The Queen of Hearts in “Alice in Wonderland”, Eleanor of Aquitaine in “The Lion in Winter”, the Nurse in “Romeo and Juliet,” Lady Markby in “An Ideal Husband”, Madame Arcati in “Blithe Spirit”, Amanda in “The Glass Menagerie”, Ethel Banks in “Barefoot in the Park”, and Kitty Warren in “Mrs. Warren’s Profession”.
 
Director Jay Northcott is a multidisciplinary artist, director, playwright, burlesque dancer, and producer. Jay works to decolonize their art and practice with storytelling, movement, and gesture to create a foundation for their work. They continue to grow and make it their mission to continue to unlift projects that put BIPOC Queer artists in the spotlight. Credits include: “White Muscle Daddy” (Pencil Kit Production), “Blacktop Sky” (Obsidian Theatre), “Passover” (Obsidian Theatre, AD) “Sweat” (Arts Club & Citadel Theatre, AD), “Scarlet Letter” (Theatre Calgary, AD), “Iphigenia and the Furies” (Saga Collectif, AD), “Cows” (Theatre Junction).
 
Billy Merasty is celebrating a 38 year career in the Performing Arts having worked right across Canada. Selected productions include “Dry Lips Oughta Move To Kapuskasing”, by Tomson Highway, “Where The Blood Mixes” by Kevin Loring, “Indian Medicine Show” by Daniel David Moses, “King Lear” by William Shakespeare at N.A.C., and his own play, “Fireweed”. Selected Film and Television credits include “Justice Denied, the Donald Marshall Story”, in the Lead Role (CBC/NFB), “Elijah”, in the Lead Role of Elijah Harper (CTV), “Frontier”, as actor and Cree Translator (CTV/Netflix), and recently worked for “Diggs Town”, as Chief Thomas (CBC), and in the film “The 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw” by Shelley Niro, for which he received the Best Supporting Award at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival.
 
Jan Rudd started her stage career as a stand up comic in Ottawa and later in NYC. She continued her focus on comedy as a cast member in PEI’s Annekenstein and later with the comedy troupe The Drill Queens (Confederation Centre’s Summer Festival). Her one woman show “Safety in Numbers” played at NYC’s Midtown International Festival and as “best of” by Kefproductions NYC “I have a Better Idea” at Theatre Row in NYC. She is presently a player with Farmgate Theatre and appeared in the 2019 show “Behold”. Other favorite credits include  “The Vagina Monologues” (Anita’s Way NYC); Funny Women’s Fest (Laugh Factory, NYC); WDGAOFF Dance Academy (Short film); Halifax Comedy Festival; “The Art of Posing” (Director – PEI Fringe); “Ladies and a Gent” (Director/Co-writer – Guild & Confederation Centre); Youth Racism Film series (Director- PEI Newcomer’s Association ); Confederation Centre’s Panto Christmas Shows (Film writing & direction).
 
The Gin Game, winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, uses a card game as a metaphor for life. Weller Martin is playing solitaire on the porch of a seedy nursing home. Enter Fonsia Dorsey, a prim, self-righteous lady. They discover they both dislike the home and enjoy gin rummy, so they begin to play and to reveal intimate details of their lives. The Gin Game will be performed from July 13th to 31st.
 
In Cottagers and Indians, wild rice sparks a battle royal between a native farmer and a white cottager, whose increasingly bitter dispute becomes a microcosm for reconciliation. Told with warmth and humour, and encompassing issues of community, respect and ownership, Cottagers and Indians is a tale for our times. Cottagers and Indians will be performed from August 10th to 28th.
 
Tickets are now on sale at http://www.ticketwizard.ca
Or call the box office at 902-963-3963
 
Watermark Theatre’s Mandate
Located in North Rustico, PEI, on land that is the traditional unceded territory of the Mi’Kmaq, the Watermark Theatre is a professional theatre company that produces time-honoured plays, as well as contemporary plays that resonate with our times.
As a company we are led by the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility and commit to incorporating these core values in everything we do.
We prioritize environmental stewardship and sustainability.
The Watermark Theatre is dedicated to the development of the next generation of theatre artists and arts administrators through mentorship and professional training.
In all of our programming we strive for artistic excellence while endeavouring to inform, affect, and engage our audience and our community.
 
For more information please contact Lara Dias at 902-963-3963 or admin@watermarktheatre.com

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Down to the Waterline

We’re Hiring at the Watermark Theatre!

1) Box Office & Front of House Manager 2) Bar Manager Dates: Box Office & Front of House Manager: July 5 – August 29, 2021 (Full-time) Bar Manager: July 12 – August 29, 2021 (Part-time) Box Office & Front of the House Manager: (Canada Summer Works Internship) Duties will include an introduction to the workings of a small repertory theatre, training on theatre processes and etiquette, training on our ticketing software and administration processes. Under the supervision of the Artistic Director, the candidate will have opportunities to work in marketing and fundraising. Canada Summer Works: Recent graduate of a university or college. Ages 18-30 years. Familiarity with theatrical settings an asset. Team player. Interested in learning. Driver’s license an asset.Bar Manager (Part-time): Duties will include preparing wine, bottled beer, mixed and non-alcoholic beverages to serve directly to patrons. Collect payment for beverages and record sales. Maintain inventory and control of bar stock and order supplies. Maintain a clean work and bar area by removing trash, organizing returnable bottles and cans, cleaning lobby tables and washing glasses, utensils and equipment. The bar manager will nurture an excellent guest experience and check identification to ensure customers are legal. Must have Responsible Beverage Service Certificate (or willing to obtain). Familiarity with theatrical settings an asset. Team player. Interested in learning. Driver’s license an asset.Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:It is the Watermark Theatre’s goal to be an inclusive organization that engages and welcomes all Canadians. We believe that the basis of this inclusivity requires a socially and culturally diverse workforce and therefore actively seek to recruit candidates who are Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour (IBPoC), persons from the LGBTQ2+ community, and persons with disabilities. We encourage you to self-identify in the recruitment process. How to Apply: Please respond by e-mail with a formal cover letter and résumé by Friday, May 21, 2021. Lara Dias Administrator admin@watermarktheatre.com 902-963-3963.

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Gin Man

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The Gin Game – About The Playwright

D. L. Coburn was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1938. He came to prominence in 1977 with The Gin Game, which was his first play. The Gin Game ran on Broadway for 516 performances and subsequently toured the nation with its original cast of Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy to sold-out houses in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and a half dozen other cities before going on a tour of England and Russia. It has since had productions in virtually every country of the western world, including France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Romania, Israel, Hungary, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and South Africa, as well as heralded productions in Australia, Japan and China. In 1978 the play garnered four Tony nominations and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for drama.Plays Mr. Coburn has written since The Gin Game include Bluewater Cottage (1979), Guy (1983), Noble Adjustment (1985), Fear of Darkness (1995), Firebrand (1997), The Cause (1998). Return to Bluefin 2009. Additionally, he has written television pilots for CBS and ABC and several screenplays, including Flights of Angels (1987), A Virgin Year (1991), and Legal Access (1994).Mr. Coburn lives with his wife, Marsha, in Dallas, Texas.

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