Formerly named The Montgomery Theatre after the legendary Lucy Maud Montgomery, The Watermark Theatre is located in North Rustico and seats 118. The name change in 2013 was undertaken to more accurately reflect the location and the nature and scope of its work. The exceptional work of reigniting classic plays and providing a fine classical theatre for our region that has been the hallmark of the theatre remains. After 2011’s renovations inside & out this is my pick for PEI’s most beautiful venue!
– Researching his new novel, Charles Condomine invites the implausible medium Madame Arcati to his house for a séance. Arcati unwittingly summons the ghost of Charles’ dead wife Elvira who soon makes a play to reclaim her husband, much to the chagrin of Charles’ new wife Ruth. One husband, two feuding wives and a whisper of mischief in the air – Noel Coward at his comedic best!
– The Glass Menagerie became an instant and enduring hit when it appeared on Broadway in 1945, winning the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play and brought Tennessee Williams, until then an obscure young playwright, to prominence. In a cramped St Louis apartment in 1945 the regrets, hopes and frustrations of an abandoned family are revealed with the truth, humour, and compassion for which Tennessee Williams is renowned. Celebrated as one the greatest plays of the English-speaking world!
– A Play Reading is as simple as it sounds. Actors, with scripts in hand, using minimal movement on stage, act out plays for an audience. Plays by Arthur Miller, Eugene Ionesco, Lillian Hellman, Eugene O’Neill, Henrik Ibsen, George Bernard Shaw, Dario Fo, Clare Boothe Luce, and Harold Pinter are only a few of the possible playwrights featured in the series.
Classic Canadian plays will also be included in this series. Plays by David French, Sharon Pollock, Michel Tremblay, John Murrell, and Judith Thompson.
In addition to the great plays of the English-speaking world, we will also present play readings in French from the masters of French theatre as well as some French-Canadian classics. Plays by Moliere, Marivaux, Michel Marc Bouchard, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean Cocteau, Jean Racine and Gratien Gélinas, to name a few.
– Watermark Theatre is pleased to announce our 2016 Classic Music Reignited Programming for the summer season. This year we have an all Canadian lineup of classic composers that our Island artists will be interpreting in their own special way.
July 24th, 2016 7:30PM – The Music of Buffy Saint Marie & Bruce Cockburn
Performed by: Mike Mooney, Beck Sisters
August 7th, 2016 7:30PM – The Music of Leonard Cohen & Gordon Lightfoot
Performed by: Chas Guay, Amanda Jackson Band
August 21st 2016 7:30PM – The Music of Guess Who & Bryan Adams
Performed by: Tian Wigmore, Nathan Wiley
The Beck Sisters– It’s hard to beat the harmonic intuition of sisters. Amy & Rachel Beck began singing together around the family piano in Montague, PEI. They now share their pop-tinged folk with eager audiences in Canada and beyond. “Their music is stripped down to just the vocals and guitar, but when you sound like this, that’s all you need.” (CBC Music)
Amanda Jackson Band– What do you get when you combine one of the most powerfully mesmerizing voices on the East Coast blues scene with a creative force of musical accompaniment by Dale McKie on guitar/harmonica and Todd MacLean on piano/guitar/saxophone? You get a captivating blend of original adult alternative/folk/blues music that goes straight to your soul, makes your spirit soar, and makes you feel connected to where you need to be.
Nathan Wiley– Multiple ECMA and Music PEI award winning artist Nathan Wiley splits his time these days between recording new material and producing including an ECMA winning record for Gordie MacKeeman & his Rhythm Boys. In July, Nathan released “Bandits”, his first collection of original material in 7 years.
Watermark Announces Play Reading Series
-A classic Canadian play performed in French, an American farce that later became the musical “Hello Dolly!”, and a European drama scandalous in its day, are the three plays included in this summer’s Watermark Theatre Play Reading Series.
The three plays and performance times are:
Une Lune D’eau Salée (Salt Water Moon) by David French – August 6th at 1:30PM
The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder – August 12th at 7:30PM
Miss Julie by August Strindberg – August 20th at 1:30PM
A Play Reading is as simple as it sounds. Actors, with scripts in hand, using minimal movement on stage, act out plays for an audience. “The series is a great way to test out a variety of different plays on our audience and helps us decide our future programming. It also allows me to try new actors that I am unfamiliar with for future casting consideration”, says Artistic Director Robert Tsonos.
Starring Jake McNeil, last season’s Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet”, and Suzanne Roberts Smith, David French’s Salt Water Moon, written in 1985, has had many productions on the Island over the years but this reading marks the first time it appears in French.
The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, written in 1955, is an all out farce and is the play that later became the hit musical “Hello Dolly!”. A number of local and Atlantic based actors are joining our acting company for this very special event. Cathy Grant, Sharlene MacLean, Don Allison, Donnie MacPhee, and Paul Whelan along with our company of six actors will perform in this madcap comedy.
Censored for its shocking content, Miss Julie by August Strindberg depicts a struggle across sex and class lines that reverberated through Europe when it was first written in 1888 and still packs a dramatic punch today. Starring members of the Watermark Acting Company the play is a dramatic and thought provoking look at Europe at the end of the 19th century.
All tickets are $10.