West Moon

ACT to perform Al Pittman play at Watermark—Oct 26 to 28

The cast of West Moon at the Roxy Theatre on Monday, February 3, 2020 in Owen Sound, Ont. The Owen Sound Little Theatre production runs Feb. 6-8 and Feb. 12-15. Rob Gowan/The Owen Sound Sun Times/Postmedia Network

ACT (a community theatre) is bringing Al Pittman’s play West Moon to the stage at Watermark Theatre in North Rustico, with performances October 26, 27 and 28. 

“In all the measure of time’s turning, it may not matter that the dead are dead as long as the living live and remember.” —Al Pittman

Filled with pathos and dark humour, West Moon is set in Newfoundland in the mid-1960s. The dead can speak on All Souls’ Night, and this time they are struggling to make sense of the resettlement happening in their town through a mixture of nostalgia, morality, and a touch of traditional music.

“This play holds a great deal of personal significance for me and my family who were directly affected by centralization,” shares West Moon Director, Brian Collins. “Like many government programs of the day, the resettlement program made sense in far-flung boardrooms and in the minds of bureaucrats that created it, but it failed to address the humanity of the people whose lives were irrevocably altered by the juggernaut of progress. Pittman’s writing sheds light on that humanity through the eyes of those that were left behind. Prepare to have your heartstrings tugged as our cast brings that humanity to life on the Watermark stage.”

The West Moon cast includes Richard Haines, Gavin Hall, Brian Matthie, Kelly Mullaly, Laura Stapleton, Brielle Hunter, Mike Peters, Shelley Tamtom, Nick Vanouwerkerk and Gordon Cobb.

Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com or via the West Moon event page on FB. For more info, visit actpei.com.