To commemorate Canada’s sesquicentennial the 2017 Watermark Play Reading Series will consist of a lineup of all Canadian plays. The readings begin with one of the most produced Canadian plays of all time, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight by Peter Colley (August 5 at 1:30pm). A thriller that is sure to make you laugh and jump out of your seat at the same time. Next on the list is the family drama Leaving Home by David French (August 16 at 1:30pm). Finally, a psychological murder mystery by Nova Scotian playwright Sharon Pollock called Blood Relations (August 23 at 1:30 pm).
In I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, Jan is a young wife recovering from a nervous disorder. She and her husband rent a remote cabin from an odd farmer who delights in telling gruesome ghost stories. Then the husband's strange sister arrives, and all manner of frightening events occur. What happens to fragile Jan as bodies appear and disappear give this classic thriller its tremendously frightening impact. The play has been performed in 31 countries and was made into a major motion picture.
Leaving Home tells the story of the Mercer family who are in the throes of preparations for their youngest son's (Bill) wedding to a young lady (Kathy) he has gotten pregnant. As they sit down for dinner the night of the wedding rehearsal, things erupt when Ben, the elder son, reveals he is moving out. Minnie, Kathy's mother, arrives and throws a wrench into the proceedings, bringing up the relationship she once shared with Bill’s father.
Blood Relations is based on historical fact and speculation surrounding the life of Lizzie Borden and the murders of her father and stepmother, crimes with which Borden was charged. Pollock uses the “facts” of the case as a foundation on which to build a strong case for collective guilt and responsibility. The published version of Blood Relations won the Canadian Governor General's Award in 1981.
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.
Actors from the 2017 Watermark Acting Company as well as a few local guest actors will participate. All tickets are $10.