Drew Hayden Taylor

Watermark season

Lineup for the summer features theatre, comedy and music

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Watermark Theatre in North Rustico announced their 2021 summer season with a lineup that includes an outdoor performance of Mi’kmaq Legends by the Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors, bittersweet comedy The Gin Game by D.L. Coburn, Cottagers and Indians by Drew Hayden Taylor, and the Watermark Music Series featuring local musicians interpreting and performing songs by classic songwriters.

Drama, storytelling, music, dance and visual art combine to bring authentic Mi’kmaq lore to life in Mi’kmaq Legends. This free outdoor performance will be held July 10 at 1 pm.

1978 Pulitzer Prize winning drama, The Gin Game by D.L. Coburn uses a card game as a metaphor for life. Weller Martin is playing solitaire on the porch of a seedy nursing home. Enter Fonsia Dorsey, a prim, self-righteous lady. The pair discover they both dislike the home but enjoy gin rummy and as they play the game, they reveal intimate details about their lives. The Gin Game will be on stage from July 13 to 31.

In Drew Hayden Taylor’s Cottagers and Indians, wild rice sparks a battle royal between an Indeginous farmer and a white cottager, whose increasingly bitter dispute becomes a microcosm for reconciliation. Told with warmth and humour, the lighthearted and powerful play covers community, respect and ownership. Taylor’s unique style of Indigenous commentary and storytelling has struck a chord with audiences at home and abroad, leading to his considerable success as playwright, author and screenwriter. Performances will take place from August 10 to 28.

The Watermark Music Series, curated by Rob Oakie, returns July 25 with The Music of John Prine, Songs for a Small Planet on August 8, and Swing Time USA on August 22.

Tickets are now available by calling 963-3963 or at ticketwizard.ca. Watermark Theatre is located at 57 Church Hill Ave in North Rustico.