by Estelle Rosen
Steven McCarthy is an actor, musician and theatre-maker whose work in various disciplines has been seen across Canada and around the world, garnering numerous awards. He received a best actor Dora Nomination for his role in the critically acclaimed Norway.Today (Theatre Smash) and played Horatio in Necessary Angel’s controversial production of Hamlet, directed by internationally renowned director Graham McLaren. On the strength of his debut production, the site-specific Three Plays by Sam Shepard, performed in a dilapidated frat house ballroom, he was invited to be the sole student to attend a special one year version of the National Theatre School’s directing program. Steven is the founder of Candles are for Burning, a theatre and music production company devoted to exploring the ritualistic quality of live performance. His productions have included epic funk rock extravaganzas, trapeze dance theatre and back-alley takes on modern classics. The highly acclaimed feature film, Picture Day, in which Steven stars with his band the Elastocitizens, will be released this spring. This 11-piece funk rock band, for which Steven is the lead singer, manager, and co-songwriter, is a staple on the Toronto music scene. Wish. Believe. Burn. Make rock and roll like it's theatre and theatre like it's rock and roll.
CHARPO: Bliss has a multicultural aspect to it. Was this planned or did it happen serendipitously?
As an acting student at NTS in the late 90s, I was struck by the incredible differences between the Francophone and Anglophone theatre traditions. And while admiring the emotional commitment and poetic expressiveness of the French students, I was mindful of their own admiration of the verisimilitude and simplicity of the English tradition. In looking over the early notes upon my return to NTS as a directing student, I am struck by how eager I was to make a test of what it would do to a process to make a show that combined the best of each tradition. When I found Bliss I knew that this was the play to work on.
attempt to break down a few of the walls separating us.