Plays Announced For Play Reading Series Featuring PEI Playwrights
Three 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
PEI Professional Theatre Network