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Fiona Shuts Down Watermark Theatre

Dear Theatregoers,


Everyone here at Watermark Theatre sends our best wishes to all of those who have been affected by hurricane Fiona. It will take time to clean up, to repair the damage, in some cases repair lives, and for all of us to recover from the shock of it all. The resilience of Islanders, and seeing neighbours helping each other out, has already been inspirational, and we know this will continue in the weeks and months to come.


Our production of Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story was to begin performances on Wednesday. Like almost everyone on the Island, we do not have power and will not be able to go ahead as planned. Without knowing when power will be restored, when roads will be cleared, and when life will return back to a semblance of normalcy, we have decided to postpone the production to later this Fall.


The new dates of Beneath Springhill will be announced very soon. We are really looking forward to presenting this wonderful play about the “singing miner” who survived a disaster of his own with resilience, compassion, and through the power of music helped his fellow miners survive.


For those who had tickets booked, we will be contacting you in the next week or two about rebooking for another date. If you are unavailable at that time you may save the credit for a later production, get a refund, or we will forward the cost of your ticket as a donation to the Red Cross’s Hurricane Fiona in Canada Appeal.


If you have any questions please contact us by email at info@watermarktheatre.comor call 902-963-3963
We realize that not everyone has power at the moment so please help us in passing the message along so that ticket holders are aware of these changes.


My best wishes to you and yours.
Robert Tsonos
Artistic Director
Watermark Theatre

The Next Great PEI Play

Watermark is looking for the next great PEI play

Watermark Theatre in association with PARC (Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre) is excited to announce their first ever PEI Playwriting Competition. Dedicated to the development of the next generation of theatre artists, playwrights of all experience levels are encouraged to submit their original scripts. The winning playwright will be awarded $1,500 and receive a public reading of their play.

Watermark encourages submissions from all Island playwrights, prioritizing those who self-identify as Indigenous, Black, People of Colour (IBPoC), 2SLGBTQIA+, and/or living with disabilities.

ELIGIBILITY:

– The competition is open to all Prince Edward Island current residents and those who call PEI home.

– Scripts can be full-length or one-act, and must have a running time of a minimum of 50 minutes.

– Scripts must be written in English.

– Scripts must be original. Adaptations of other works will not be accepted except for works that are in the public domain.

– Scripts may have had workshops, readings and/or other development, but cannot have been produced professionally. Plays produced at Fringe Festivals are eligible.

– Co-written scripts are accepted as long as both playwrights are Island residents or call PEI home.

– Each playwright can submit one play.

Deadline to submit scripts is November 1st, 2022. Scripts can be emailed to info@watermarktheatre.com using the subject heading “Playwriting Competition Submission”.

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Welcome to My Living Room

This show features a group of friends who first started playing together at a bootleggers in North Rustico, just down the road from the Watermark Theatre over 20 years ago. Every Tuesday night from September to June, a group of musicians would gather to play tunes and sing songs. It was an ever changing cast of characters but out of that group, a core of friends have continued to get together to have some fun and play music! We played whatever someone in the group wanted to play and the music ranged from folk to country, rock, pop, jazz, bluegrass, traditional and more. 

Welcome To My Living Room is presented by Rob Oakie and includes a wonderful cast of fellow musicians, both full-time and part-timers, who continue to get together to play for for the joy of making music. They are Dave Wigmore, Nick Gauthier, Cynthia MacLeod, Rich Knox, Mindy Walker, Amanda MacGuigan, Laura Oakie, Leonard McEwen, Tian Wigmore, Wil McGonegal and Rob Oakie. Some of the songs you’ll hear range from the Band to the Grateful Dead, Crystal Gayle, Feist, Jimi Hendrix some fiddle tunes and some bluegrass along with a smattering of originals.

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Close Ties to the Island

Actor Paul Rainville’s Close Ties to PEI
 
Actor Paul Rainville has a close connection to the Island and is finally able to perform for family and friends in The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey at Watermark Theatre from August 9th to September 3rd. Paul shared his thoughts with us about PEI and his time on the Island rehearsing the play.
 
“I married a Wells from up Alberton way. Her early years were in Pointe Claire, Quebec – but chunks of her summers were spent here on the island and once we were together that pull to come “home” meant that for chunks of our summers we were island bound. When we had kids large swaths of their summertime seasons were spent in these hills and on these shores.
 
Uncle Chris’ cottage in Lower Bedeque was a destination for many years and the kids loved it and have grown up thinking this place is a second home where lobsters, and oysters, and Aunt Peg’s Green Goddess Sauce, abound.
 
The clan of cousins always offer a warm embrace and great food and lively debates through to the early hours. And, oh boy oh boy oh boy, Aunt Marilyn’s Mediterranean Fish Soup.
 
We have two paintings at home: one shows my daughter in rolled up sweat pants, out there at low tide looking to gather up some oysters. She had a taste for some oysters – so after many long highway hours she’d unfolded herself from the back of the car, grabbed a bucket, and marched straight out on the muddy bay off Holman Island to get us a week’s worth of delicious briny treats.
 
The other was a gift my son painted for his old man’s birthday. It shows a stick game, at Uncle Chris’ cottage, with me whirling round holding the stick high while our border collie sails through the air trying to gain the prize. Made the old birthday fella shed a tear to unwrap that one, I tell ya.
 
And so many wonderful suppers at cousin Emily’s fabulous place – The Mill in New Glasgow – and watching the River Clyde pageant that cousin Ker and his colleagues all put together.
 
My introduction to the Watermark Theatre was watching cousin Gracie Finlay in shows going back over the years. And we had great times visiting cousin Carolyn as she worked lunch shifts at the Island Stone Pub in Kensington. Visiting too with cousin Jake and Kate out near Rice Point. And walking the Hazelgrove hills with aunt Lynne and cousin Ben. And saying a brief “Howdy! How are ya!“ to cousin Lucas as he expertly jockeys carts back in to the Superstore.
 
Well you know it just goes on. The welcome is wide open and embracing.
 
It’s great too to be here doing the show with Wally MacKinnon (Angus in The Drawer Boy) who just knows a whole lot folks. Rahul Gandhi (who plays Miles in the show) is from Montreal and both he and I are being shown a whole bunch of Island good times. Wally is a magnate for good friends and music – he has a treasure trove holding tons of great tunes.
 
Why just last night we sang up a storm well into the evening. And our wee valley out here in Clinton lit up with a double rainbow just to launch the gathering. Cars pulled up and guitars came out and a good toe tapping time was had by all.
 
Wally does Stan justice on those great ballads. Jacob Hemphill (Open Casket Open Mic at the Victoria Playhouse) strummed up some of the Johnny Cash songs in his repertoire and we got a taste of the show he’s writing for a fall tour. Buddy Bryan picked some great guitar solos.
 
Wonderful.
 
There’s more. I haven’t even told the story about meeting the old…”
 
Ticket prices for The Drawer Boy range from $15 to $32 and can be purchased at www.ticketwizard.ca or by calling 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
 
Watermark Theatre
57 Church Hill Ave                
North Rustico, PE                
C0A 1X0           
(902) 963-3963
http://www.watermarktheatre.com

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Out of the Drawer

Actor Rahul Gandhi to play Miles in The Drawer Boy
 
Montreal based actor Rahul Gandhi travels to PEI for the 2nd time this year, this time to play the role of Miles in The Drawer Boy at Watermark Theatre in North Rustico. He previously appeared at the same venue in Kitbag Theatre’s production of Lungs in April. The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey will be performed at Watermark from August 9th to September 3rd. We spoke to Rahul about the upcoming part.
 
Q: How did you get cast in the play?
A self tape from my kitchen! Theatre is such a wonderful community effort– I was asked to read while rehearsing for Kitbag Theatre’s production of Lungs earlier this year, by Robert Tsonos, AD of the Watermark, and he said something like “Oh we’ll have maybe 15 or 20 people read” and so I thought nothing of it: “no way I’d be cast”. That let me free up my choices with no pressure, and I am very happy that they appreciated my tape!
 
Q: Tell us about the play and what it means to you?
The Drawer Boy is a story of friendship, honesty, and the pursuit of storytelling. I always say that Theatre is self-referential, and this is no exception! This play makes me proud to be a Canadian artist and to lend myself to Canadian storytelling!
 
Q: What about the character you’re playing? What’s he all about?
Miles is a twenty-something year old, doe-eyed, eager actor from the big city (Toronto in this case). He’s staying with Angus and Morgan to learn about farming so he can make up a play with his collective about it! It’s fun that he is so out of his element– I’m a young actor from Montreal and so we have a few things in common: getting out of the big city to put on a play!
 
Q: This will be your second time performing at Watermark Theatre. It’s such an intimate venue. What’s it like for you?
The Watermark is such a great space to perform in! The intimacy of it lends itself to a feeling of connection with the audience, with the thrust stage and seating just feet away. Having an opportunity to perform in the space again is a pleasure, and I cannot wait to continue to explore and create.
 
Q: Looking forward to spending 7 weeks in PEI?
YES! My short time in PEI earlier this year left such a lasting impression on me, and I am so excited to see it in the summer. While I’ll miss Montreal, I feel PEI will be a great retreat.
 
Ticket prices for The Drawer Boy range from $15 to $32 and can be purchased at www.ticketwizard.ca or by calling 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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Rita ABC’s

Join us this week in North Rustico, PEI

Educating Rita by Willy Russell

July 18th 7:30PM, July 19th 7:30PM, July 20th 7:30PM, July 21st 7:30PM, July 22nd 7:30PM, July 23rd at 1:00PM and 7:30PM

Directed by Martha Irving

Starring Naomi Ngebulana and Rejean Cournoyer

Set Design by Wes Babcock, Costume Design by Vickie Marston, Lighting Design Dorrie Deutschendorf, Sound Design by Pat Caron

Photos by David Gladstone

Educating Rita by Willy Russell is a warm, funny, intelligent play about relationships, connections, and freedom that will be performed from July 12th to 30th. The play follows Rita, a married hairstylist, who decides to go back to school to broaden her horizons. She enrolls in university and finds herself assigned to Frank, a jaded professor courting alcohol to navigate life and divorce.

www.ticketwizard.ca or call 902-963-3963.

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Get ‘Em Soon (Going Fast)

Educating Rita at the Watermark Theatre begins performances on July 12th!

Get your tickets now.

July 12th 7:30PM – Sold Out

July 13th 7:30PM – Sold Out

July 14th 7:30PM – A few tickets left

July 15th 7:30PM – A few tickets left

July 16th 1:00PM – Tickets still available

July 16th 7:30PM – Tickets still available

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https://www.ticketwizard.ca/show/3217 or call 902-963-3963

Performances are from July 12th to 30th

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Setting the Stage

Artist Profile – Wes Babcock

Set Designer for Educating Rita & The Drawer Boy

Wes is a set and lighting designer, production manager, and technical director based in Halifax, NS. If it lights up, bears weight, or needs a schedule, he’s your guy. The list of companies who’ve discovered this includes the likes of Crow’s Theatre, Talk is Free Theatre, Neptune Theatre, and Tapestry Opera. Favourite credits include The Woodcutter (Matchstick, Halifax – Set, Merritt Nominee), as well as the world premieres of Pleasureville (Neptune Theatre, Halifax – Set), Scavenger’s Daughter and Four Sisters (Paradigm, Toronto – TD), and The Little Prince Reimagined (Puzzle Piece, Toronto – Lights). Wes is thrilled to be making his PEI debut with Watermark Theatre this summer.

Wes is a founding member of whatbywhen (WxW) where, with Crystal Lee, he is building models for sustainable production management and technical direction through praxis.

He is the founding co-curator of Dark Day Monday, a Toronto-based monthly performance series featuring artists who break boundaries and defy expectation (@darkdaymonday www.darkdaymonday.com). wesbabcock.com

Ticket prices for Educating Rita range from $15 to $32 and can be purchased here: https://www.ticketwizard.ca/show/3217

or by calling the box office at 902-963-3963.

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