January 30 - February 18, 2018



by David French


Scotiabank Stage

Show Times:
Tuesday to Friday - 7:30pm
Saturday - 4pm & 8:30pm
Sunday - 2pm & 7:30pm

Key Dates:
January 30 - Pay What You Can
February 1 - Opening Night
February 6 - Industry Night
February 7 - Talkback Night
February 18 - Coffee & Conversation (2pm)

Running Time:
The running time of this performance is approximately 85 minutes, no intermission.

This show contains haze. Patrons with allergenic sensitivity and active asthma may find this substance irritating.



Can old flames rekindle?

When Jacob Mercer returns to Coley’s Point, Newfoundland after abruptly leaving for Toronto a year before, he wants to win back the love of his old flame Mary Snow, who is engaged to be married to another man. Time does not heal all wounds – but is fate written in the stars? Written by Newfoundland playwright David French, Salt Water Moon is a classic Canadian play that has been performed at regional and community theatres and on university stages across the country hundreds of times since its premiere in 1985.

Salt-Water Moon is one of five plays David French wrote about the Mercer family set at different points throughout the 20th century. Leaving Home, Of The Fields, Lately, and 1949 are set in the 1940s and 50s, and Soldier’s Heart and Salt-Water Moon are set in 1924 and 1926 respectively.

This isn't the first time the Mercer family has graced Neptune's stages. Four of the Mercer Family plays by David French on stage on Neptune:

  • 10th Season: Leaving Home (1973)
  • 11th Season: Of The Fields, Lately (1974)
  • 24th Season: Salt-Water Moon (1986)
  • 28th Season: 1949 (1991)

Salt-Water Moon has won:

  • Canadian Authors Association Literary Award for Drama
  • Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Play
  • Hollywood Drama-Logue Critics' Award



Role: Mary Snow Neptune: Debut Other Theatre: SLUT (LunaSea); The 39 Steps (Chester Playhouse); Be My Baby, Run for Your Wife, Magical Mystery Munsch, The Chuckle Hour, Best of Broadway (Festival Antigonish); Twelfth Night (LAMDA); [title of show] (Best Kind); 7 Stories, Mother Courage (MUN); The Rocky Horror Show (TaDa!); Pirates of Penzance (Neptune YPCo). Film/TV: Haven (Entertainment One). Honoured to be representing her home province of Newfoundland, Kelin would like to give a special thanks to her family and friends for their unwavering faith and support…dreams do come true!

Role: Jacob Mercer Bio: Nathan is a recent graduate of the Fountain School of Performing Arts, and has been honored to receive a SNS nomination for Studio Black!, and a win for Hustle & Heart. He is very excited to have Salt-Water Moon be the play that debuts him at Neptune Theatre. He would like to thank his friends and family for always sending love his way and supporting him. Theatre credits: Canada It’s Complicated (Comedy 150); The West Woods (Mulgrave Road Theatre). Film/TV: Black Cop (TIFF); Hustle & Heart (FIN); Studio Black! (CBC).



Role: Director Neptune: Directing debut Other Theatre: Anne and Gilbert (NAC, The Guild, Harbourfront), The Donahue SistersLeaving Wonderland, The Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, Woman and Scarecrow (LunaSea),  Tompkinsville (Go Fly a Kyte Prod.)  Film/TV: as an actor The Lizzie Borden Chronicles: Roaming; Haven; Faith, Fraud, and Minimum Wage; Just Buried; Snow Angels; Pit PonyOther: Co-founder of LunaSea Theatre, Merritt Award Best Actress for LunaSea's Ghosts, Recipient of the Mayor's Award for Achievement in Theatre in 2011 Upcoming: Half-Cracked - the Legend of Sugar Mary for EFT.

Role: Assistant Director Neptune: Debut Other Theatre: Director - Heathers the Musical (Whale Song Theatre); Doubt: A Parable (The Theatre Arts Guild). Actor - Stop Kiss (Whale Song Theatre); Spirits, 30/60, Too Much Light (Up the Hill Theatre); Proof (The Theatre Arts Guild); Speaks Alone (Atlantic Fringe Festival); Interview (Neptune PPTP). Film/TV: Haven (Syfy/Showcase); The Mist (SpikeTV). Training: Mount Allison University; Neptune Theatre Pre-Professional Training Program.



Role: Set Designer Bio: Working on Salt-Water Moon has been a chance to spend time with memories of my mother, another Mary who left her village on the Avalon Peninsula as a young woman seeking opportunity. Though a repressive catholic church and the devastation of the commercial fishery made it practically uninhabitable, she never lost her love for the rugged coastline of eastern Newfoundland. In Halifax, I have designed for Luna Sea, Eastern Front, Opera Nova Scotia, Halifax Theatre for Young People, and The Fountain School of Performing Arts. I am a graduate of the National Theatre School’s Scenography program.


Role: Costume Designer Neptune: Snake in the Grass, Once, Miracle on 34th Street, Stones in His Pockets, Stag & Doe, Great Expectations, Billy Bishop, Mending Fences, A Christmas Carol, Red, Eighteen, Sweeney Todd, Fly Fishers’ Companion, Fathers and Sons, Mourning Dove, The Syringa Tree, Flying on Her Own, Fire. Other: Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. Over 15 seasons designing for Neptune Theatre School including: Dracula, The Ash Girl, Little Women, Les Miserables, Guys and Dolls, 13, Animal Farm, The Dining Room. Other Theatre: Lullaby: Inside the Halifax Explosion, Refuge (EFT) Film/TV: Blackfly (Seasons 1 & 2). Training: Graduate of Dalhousie University Costumes Studies.


Role: Lighting Designer Neptune: Recently I, Claudia, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (Artistic Fraud). Other Theatre: Recent favourite projects include Salt Baby (Globe Theatre); A Christmas Carol (TNB)As You Like ItThe Diary of Anne Frank (Stratford); Metamorphoses (National Arts Centre); The God That Comes (2b theatre). Leigh Ann is particularly excited about working on Saltwater Moon, one of her favourite plays of all time.





Role: Composer Neptune: Debut Theatrical/Operatic compositions: Mother of Dinosaurs (opera); Nosy Nate (opera); Stockholm Syndrome (opera); Beautiful Connie Andrews (opera, co-composed). Film Soundtracks: Humpty Dumpty (short film - musical); Cousin Tony (short film). Training: B.Mus Dalhousie University; M.Mus (composition) Newcastle University; DMA (composition) University of Toronto. Bio: Fiona Ryan is a Halifax-based composer who creates vocal and instrumental music. Fiona's music has been performed in various locations in Canada and internationally, and some of her compositions are featured on two recently released classical recordings. www.fionaryanmusic.com


Role: Stage Manager Neptune: 8th Season, SM: Marion Bridge; ASM favourites include It's a Wonderful Life, Once, Rexy!, Mary Poppins, Comedy of Errors, Sweeney Todd, La CageElsewhere:  SM: I Do! I Do!, Goodnight DesdemonaI'll Be Back Before MidnightMass Appeal, Marion Bridge (VST); Tompkinsville (GFAK/EF); Tightrope Time, Settling Africville (San Family); Leaving Wonderland (LunaSea); Contribution, Tribe of One (Doppler). Hannah has also worked with HTYP, Forerunner, Live Bait and Ship’s Company. Hannah is a graduate of Mount Allison University.

Role: Apprentice Stage Manager Bio: Jeana is from PEI and is delighted to have this opportunity to work at Neptune Theatre. This has been an amazing learning experience that is allowing her to gain her last Equity credit. She would like to express her extreme gratitude to the whole Neptune Theatre Company, cast and crew. Returning to PEI, Jeana will be the Stage Manager for the 2018 season of Anne and Gilbert – The Musical. Jeana thanks her family and friends for their love and support.



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