The Watermark Theatre in North Rustico has produced classic and modern classic plays for the last 13 years. Artistic Director Robert Tsonos recently announced a new vision for the company that will now include contemporary plays in their programming.
“We must open up the mandate to include diverse voices,” explains Tsonos. “Classic and modern classic plays are almost entirely written by white men, about white people, living in white societies. A narrow viewpoint that is not inclusive and not always reflective of our society in 2021.”
The company will continue to produce, what Tsonos now calls “time-honoured” plays, realizing that there is still an appetite for plays that remain relevant and continue to explore the human condition.
The theatre is also taking action to improve their environmental footprint by completing a sustainability project on their building and by looking at how they design, build and dispose of set, prop and costume pieces.
Another change is that all public bathrooms at Watermark Theatre will now be gender neutral.
Plans for their summer season, with the new mandate reflected in their new programming choices, will be announced in early March.