By Byrne Harrison
Photo by Karl Ang
Name: Steve Boleantu
Show: TIRED WAVE STOP!
How did you first get involved in theatre?
Mainly in high school and through the Sears Ontario Drama Festival - where at least 23 other secondary schools compete in three rounds by district, region, then provincially. Our school made it to the provincials each year, so there was always room for playing.
Who are your biggest influences?
- My father for pushing me competitively in sailing
- My high school drama teacher/director for her passion and military-like drive for commitment to the craft of acting and the arts
Tell me a little bit about TIRED WAVE STOP!
An old curmudgeon, the Sea Captain, searches for his mermaid-wife. He despises dry land, living by a strict code: solitary life at sea... until he discovers their baby aboard, who is land-obsessed, forcing the Sea Captain to examine the costs and rewards of his stubbornness, aboard his little boat.
What inspired you to write it?
I've wanted for awhile to write a father-son story based on my relationship with my father. But I didn't want to take it so seriously. Taking my experience as a sailor, it made sense to set it in a fantastic world of adventure - to take what I know of the sport and of my father, and fictionalize these accounts - making it on the high open seas to give these two characters nowhere to go but face what problems together in their own way.
Who are your collaborators and how long have you been working with them?
Roger Bainbridge was dramaturge from the very early stages about two years ago up until the Toronto Fringe Festival last year. I've been working with Roger for about 6 years, mostly in sketch comedy.
Miguel Rivas was director, and for about 8 years I have worked with him extensively in our sketch comedy troupe, Frenzy.
Tim Moore was set designer. We've worked together for about 5 years in film, anything tech-related, or for any ideas, help, or suggestions on projects.
What's next for you after FRIGID?
Tired Wave Stop! was drawn from the CAFF touring lottery this year. Next up will be Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, then Vancouver.
Before Montreal, I will also be performing Tired Wave Stop! at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club, a little site-specific, using a sailboat as the stage space.
And finally, if you could say anything to your potential audience, what would it be?
Let your imagination go for an hour, and I hope you have as much fun as I do.
TIRED WAVE STOP!
Written by Steve Boleantu & Directed by Miguel Rivas
Presented by Brave Face Theatre Edmonton, AL Canada
The Red Room (85 East 4th Street)
Wed 2/23 @ 9:30pm, Fri 2/25 @ 9:30pm, Sun 2/27 @ 5pm, Wed 3/2 @ 8pm, Fri 3/4 @ 5pm, & Sat 3/5 @ 12:30pm