Gracie Finley

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Gracie Finley in The Trip to Bountiful and The Mousetrap at Watermark Theatre

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Watermark Theatre’s Artistic Director Robert Tsonos and General Manager Andrea Surich have announced the 2020 Summer Season, featuring PEI’s Gracie Finley in key roles.

Watermark’s 13th season will include the murder mystery The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie and The Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote. Their music series, now renamed The Watermark Music Series, returns for another year, and the Watermark Play Reading Series will once again focus on new plays in development by PEI playwrights.

This will be Gracie’s sixth season acting at the Watermark, having performed in The Shore Field, Alice in Wonderland, The Lion in Winter, Romeo and Juliet, An Ideal Husband, Blithe Spirit, The Glass Menagerie, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, and Barefoot in the Park. Raised in Charlottetown with summers spent in Alberton, Gracie played Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™xs from 1968 to 1974 and again in 1984 to 1985.

Agatha Christie’s legendary “whodunit” The Mousetrap is the world’s longest running play, keeping audiences in suspense since 1952. Mysterious twists and turns abound when a group of strangers stranded in a guesthouse during a snowstorm discover that a murderer is in their midst. Is it one of the suspicious newlyweds or the spinster with the curious background? Perhaps it’s the architect, the retired Army major, or the strange man running from his past? Everyone is a suspect and everybody is a potential victim. Enjoy an evening of intrigue as Agatha Christie’s greatest mystery unfolds to its surprising conclusion. Gracie will be playing the part of the querulous Mrs. Boyle in The Mousetrap.

Written in 1953, Horton Foote’s play The Trip to Bountiful tells the story of Carrie Watts, an elderly woman who longs to escape the cramped Houston apartment where she lives with her protective son and his authoritarian wife. Carrie dreams of making one final journey to Bountiful, Texas, her childhood home. With great determination and daring, Carrie makes her arduous journey back to Bountiful. The play is a masterpiece of the power of childhood, memory, and the undeniable, universal yearning for the warmth of home and family. Gracie Finley will play the role of Carrie Watts, the part that won Geraldine Page the 1986 Academy Award for Best Actress.

For the third year in a row, the Play Reading Series will showcase new work in development by PEI playwrights. A selection process will begin in the next few months to choose three new, unpublished, and unproduced plays to be read by the company of actors during the month of August. A list of plays and playwrights will be released in the spring of 2020.

The Watermark Music Series returns, curated once again by Rob Oakie. As always, Island musical artists interpret iconic songwriters in a way that you have never heard before. Stay tuned for a list of songwriters and Island musicians to be announced very soon.

Season Ticket Passes are now on sale at early bird rates until December 31, 2019. Call 902-963-3963 or visit watermarktheatre.com.

Watermark Theatre chooses plays from the classic international repertoire that are at least 50 years old and Canadian plays that are at least 30 years old.

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