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Showcasing Island Playwrights

Plays Announced For Play Reading Series Featuring PEI Playwrights

428e642d-77a7-4541-9ce3-9a5826a09fb1Three PEI playwrights will have their plays read at the Watermark Theatre this August as part of the theatre’s Play Reading Series. The three plays are “Two Monkeys, One Grape” by Kent Stetson, “Round An Island” by Emily Cann, and “The Ginzie Piece” by Malcolm Murray. This is the 2nd year that the theatre has featured new plays by PEI playwrights in their Play Reading Series. “It’s important to provide an opportunity for playwrights to hear their plays read allowed before an audience”, says Artistic Director Robert Tsonos, “the experience really helps the writer see what the next steps might be in the play’s development”.

Kent Stetson‘s play “Two Monkeys, One Grape” is described as an evening of Fraud, Fake-News, Slapstick, Torture, Music and Merriment in two acts. The play’s suite of six twenty-minute plays crack wise, snap selfies, weep and laugh, lament and exalt the human condition. Its two comedies, Tiger Warning! and Bawdy Parts, two dramas, Dead White Males and Torture: A Love Story, plus the Grand Guignol/Baroque comedy/horror show, Androgynous Student Devoured by Rats and closing musical, Jouissance: Five Simple Songs explore things outrageous, jittery, tragic, curious and comedic. Kent, a Marshfield PEI native, is a Governor General’s Literary Award winner, Member of the Order of Canada and Canadian Author’s Association Award Laureate for Drama. Kent was the inaugural laureate for Heritage Prince Edward Island’s Wendall Boyle Award for his outstanding contributions to the cultural history of Prince Edward Island. He is best known for the plays “Warm Wind in China”, “As I Am”, and “The Harps of God”. His other plays include “Queen of the Cadillac”, “Just Plain Murder”, “Sweet Magdalena”, “The Eyes of the Gull”, “New Arcadia”, and “Horse High, Bull Strong, Pig Tight”. He has also published two novels, “The World Above the Sky” and “Meat Cove”.

Emily Cann‘s play “Round an Island” tells the story of a PEI family the summer their second oldest daughter returns home from university. At its core, it is a play about choices, but it is also a play about love, family, forgiveness, and what it means to come home. Emily was born and raised on PEI. She has a BA in English from Acadia University and a MA in English from the University of Guelph. She’s currently working on obtaining her MS from Columbia University in New York City. Emily has been writing poetry for years, and last year received third place in the Island Literary Awards for her short story “Whatever’s Next.” This is her first play.

Malcolm Murray‘s play “The Ginzie Piece” is about two small-time art sellers who buy a big-time sculpture for their gallery. All they have to do is assemble it. The comedy touches upon many philosophy of art questions, but focuses mainly on the vexing question: who owns art? Malcolm is a fiction writer and philosopher. His collection of plays, “The Philosopher: One-Act Plays” was recently launched at UPEI. His produced plays are “Art of Posing”, “The Abettor”, “The Philosopher”, and “Chop Wood, Carry Water”. His short stories have appeared in the collections, Victoria Review,  Snow Softly Falling, and Riptides, as well as in the journals Galleon and Fiction Fix. His philosophy books are “Morals and Consent”, “The Atheist’s Primer”, “The Moral Wager”, “Liberty Games and Contracts”, and “Critical Reflection”. Malcolm teaches Philosophy at the University of Prince Edward Island.

The dates and times of the plays are:

August 7th 1:00PM – “Two Monkeys, One Grape” by Kent Stetson
August 14th 1:00PM – “Round An Island” by Emily Cann
August 21st 1:00PM – “The Ginzie Piece” by Malcolm Murray

Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased by going to the company’s website www.watermarktheatre.com

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

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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse
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Drama Festival Comes to the Watermark

This weekend, Watermark Theatre will host the National Theatre School of Canada’s Atlantic Drama Festival at their theatre in North Rustico.

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The Festival, which runs from May 17th to 19th, brings together high school students from throughout the region to view, discuss and enjoy each other’s creative efforts, under the guidance of an experienced adjudicator. Participants also take part in acting workshops with local acting teachers. The Festival facilitates and inspires a love of theatre, teamwork, problem solving, originality and entrepreneurship.

The Atlantic Drama Festival is part of a trio of Drama Festivals, the other two are in Ontario and B.C. all now under the umbrella of the National Theatre School (NTS).

Earlier this year, NTS announced a new partnership with TD Bank Group as the national presenting partner of the National Theatre School Festival. The agreement and sponsorship, which began this year, will support thousands of high school students, in hundreds of communities across Canada, who will create and present shows in their schools, regions and provinces.

“We are thrilled to welcome TD in this leadership role” said Gideon Arthurs, CEO of the National Theatre School of Canada. “The Festival is an almost 75-year-old tradition that has touched the lives of thousands of young Canadians. With TD’s support, we can ensure the festival will thrive and continue to grow. The Festival is a vital happening that builds future generations of artists and arts lovers, while fostering respect, inclusiveness, excitement, empathy and entrepreneurship in our youth. TD is truly a model corporate citizen, making a difference in over 300 communities across Canada through this program.”

“At TD, we recognize the importance of programs, like this one, that unite communities and amplify these voices. That’s why, through The Ready Commitment, TD’s corporate citizenship platform, we are proud to work with the National Theatre School to help young Canadians build confidence and thrive in a changing world, one community at a time,” notes Andrea Barrack, Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship, TD Bank Group.

“It’s an exciting time for both students and teachers alike to take part in the NTS Festival,” said Wayne Fairhead, Executive Director, NTS Festival. “TD’s new partnership with the NTS Festival will provide ways to lead, build learning opportunities and develop practices.”

About the NTS Festival
The NTS Festival showcases secondary school theatre productions in their respective provinces and convene thousands of drama students to perform and share their talents and passion in a friendly atmosphere. Formerly known as the Sears Drama Festival, founded in Ontario in 1946 by the late Ken Watts, it is Canada’s oldest theatre festival. The Drama Festival started out with just three plays, and now has over 400 annual entries spotlighting spectacular performances and productions – including the addition of Festival offshoots in British Colombia (2009) and the Atlantic provinces (2011). The Festival helped launch the careers of numerous actors, directors and production professionals, including actors Margot Kidder, Rachel McAdams, Yanna McIntosh and R.H. Thomson, as well as movie director David Cronenberg.

About TD Global Corporate Citizenship
TD has a long-standing commitment to enriching the lives of its customers, colleagues and communities. As part of its corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, TD is targeting CDN $1 billion (US $775 million) in total by 2030 towards community giving in four areas critical to opening doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow – Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through The Ready Commitment TD aspires to link its business, philanthropy and human capital to help people feel more confident – not just about their finances, but also in their ability to achieve their personal goals in a changing world. For further information, visit td.com/thereadycommitment.

About the National Theatre School of Canada
The National Theatre School (NTS) is a school for the arts open to all. Since 1960, it has trained artists, in English and French, in all of theatre’s trades and professions. Many of its 2100 alumni are among the most active and recognized actors, directors, designers, writers, and production professionals in Canada and around the world. NTS is committed to solidifying community and breaking down the walls that separate us. NTS now offers workshops for anyone aged 15 to 115 who wishes to discover the power of theatre as an instrument of social as well as personal growth.

Watermark is thrilled to host this remarkable event and look forward to inspiring the next generation of theatre artists.

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

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Wayne-Philips Joins Cast at the Watermark

Casting Update – Watermark 2019 Acting Company

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A slight change to the casting for Watermark’s 2019 summer season. Unfortunately, Kathyrn McCormack, previously announced as a member of our 2019 summer season acting company, will not be joining us due to personal reasons. We are delighted to announce that Toronto based actress Hannah Wayne-Phillips will be joining the company in her stead.

Hannah graduated with an MFA in Performance from York University and has written, directed and produced two shows, “Lighthouse” and “Fifteen” both of which were mounted in Hamilton, Ontario. Her recent acting credits include Vibrator Play (Tarragon Theatre/RedWit Theatre), King Lear, Twelfth Night (Canadian Stage), Living With Olivia Cadence Donovan (Red Wit Theatre), Ladies Sigh No More (Red Sandcastle Theatre), Merchant of Venice, Dream Play, Three Sisters, Richard II, Alkestis (Theatre @ York).

Hannah will be playing the part of Berthe in Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti and Lenny in Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley throughout the summer months as well as taking part in the Watermark Play Reading Series.

Boeing Boeing runs from June 25th to August 31st
Crimes of the Heart runs from July 5th to August 30th
The Play Reading Series is on August 7th, 14th, and 21st

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

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Backstage at Crimes of the Heart

A Chat With Charlotte Gowdy

Charlotte Gowdy will direct “Crimes of the Heart” by Beth Henley in Watermark Theatre’s 2019 summer season. We had a chat with Charlotte about the play.

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Q: What excites you about the play Crimes of the Heart?
CG: So many things! I love the nuance and subtext of Henley’s writing and the rich history embedded in the relationships between characters. I am also excited by the Southern gothic setting of the play (Mississippi 1970’s) where a lazy, cheerful surface is intensified by an underbelly of explosive desire, deception, desperation and drama. This play has a wonderful mix of comedy and tragedy. I love that the characters can laugh even in the darkest moments. The play has a huge heart.
 

Q: What does the play say about sisterhood?
CG:The bond between the sisters in this play is immensely powerful, and I think it’s what keeps each of them from going off the deep end! Babe, Meg and Lenora are each so different in personality & lifestyle, but their shared history, and being together in times of crisis, serves to empower and embolden them. Of course, they fight and argue, and things are not easy between them, but there is a strength in their bond that is beyond words. It is full of love and optimism. I have been so fortunate in my own life to have experienced the powerful and uplifting force of sisterhood and female friendship. This play celebrates that force.

Q: How does the intimacy of the Watermark help or hinder the play?
CG: Well, the intimacy of the Watermark space will definitely help the actors embrace nuance, subtlety and depth of emotion. So, for the audience the experience will be very immersive and personal. I hope the audience feels like a fly on the wall of a very private, domestic scenario.
In terms of the set, the intimacy of the space is a bit of a challenge. In the original script the setting is described as a “spacious kitchen” with four doorways leading to different parts of the house, plus kitchen appliances (fridge, stove, sink, cupboards), plus a small bed in one corner, plus a kitchen table with chairs etc. So finding enough room on stage for actors to move around all the furniture is proving to be a fun challenge!

Q: What other challenges do you think this play presents?
CG It’s a slow burn. In this day and age, when people are accustomed to being overstimulated by technology and fast-paced entertainment, the play asks the audience to slow down and appreciate the depth of soul in each character and the subtle details of the plot. It asks the audience to appreciate the small things in life and the importance of family and resilience in the face of adversity. That said, with our amazingly talented actors, I am certain the audience will have no difficulty being drawn in to the drama!

Q: How does the play touch you emotionally?
CG: My heart aches for each of the sisters. They have faced immense tragedy in their young lives and still, they move forward, coping as best they can, and with a wonderful sense of humour. It’s inspiring! I am also deeply charmed by the men in the play. They are good men, enamoured by the sisters, and doing their best to help. At its core, the play looks at the complexities of being human, and of being a woman in a man’s world. This is not only relatable to me but also particularly relevant to everyone in the world today. The heartfelt relationships reassure me that connecting with other people is the only thing worth living for. And that fills me with joy!

Warm-hearted, irreverent, zany and brilliantly imaginative, “Crimes of the Heart” teems with humanity and humour as it examines the plight of three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the play brings you into the Mississippi household of the Magrath sisters. Babe has just shot her husband because she didn’t like his looks. Meg is back in town after a failed attempt in the music business and a nervous breakdown. And poor Lenny – everyone has forgotten her 30th birthday…plus, her pet horse was just struck by lightning! Bad luck certainly runs deep among the Magrath clan. But with warm-hearted laughs and touching family moments, the sisters forgive the past, face the present, and embrace the future in this contemporary American stage classic.

“Crimes of the Heart” runs from July 5th to August 30th at the Watermark Theatre in North Rustico.

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

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

Getting In On the Act

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Watermark Acting Conservatory 2019
July 22nd to Aug 2nd, 2019The Acting Conservatory at the Watermark Theatre in North Rustico offers young actors from the ages of 12 to 18 the opportunity to train with our professional acting company members.

Previous year’s classes have included improvisation, scene study, dance, Shakespeare, voice and speech, monologues, stage combat, etc. The Acting Conservatory culminates in a public performance for family and friends at the end of the two-week session.

All classes will be taught by our team of professional actors who are in residence with the Watermark Theatre Acting Company for the 2019 summer season.

Full Day Acting Workshops Monday to Friday

One week session:  $99 plus HST
Two week session:  $198 plus HST

Sign up for your place in this remarkable experience at admin@watermarktheatre.com or call 902-963-3963

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

Watermark Theatre
57 Church Hill Ave
North Rustico, PE
C0A 1X0
(902) 963-3963
http://www.watermarktheatre.com

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

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