By David F. Rooney
Recognition is sometimes difficult to come by, but Peter Waters’ moment in the limelight is about to occur as he and director Robyn Abear prepare to leave for Nova Scotia’s Liverpool International Theatre Festival and his performance of Samuel Beckett’s classic one-act play, Krapp’s Last Tape.
The two are the first performers from BC to be invited to the prestigious festival and, in order to help them go, the Revelstoke Arts Council and the Revelstoke Theatre Company are holding a special, one-night-only fundraising performance of this very dramatic one-man play at the United Church on Wednesday, May 12, at 8 pm.
Peter is a mainstay of the local theatre community and a staunch supporter of local events and causes of every kind. He won a Best Actor Award at the 2008 Theatre BC One-Act Play Festival and it was that performance that brought about the invitation to perform in Nova Scotia. Getting there, though, is costly. Hence the fundraiser.
I’ve seen Peter’s performance before and I can unequivocally say that is one of the best dramatic performances I have ever seen. It is a symphony of mood swings that explores the dark corners of the human soul. Acted on a minimalist set consisting of nothing more than a desk, a lamp, and old reel-to-reel tape recorder, some cardboard boxes and a ledger, Krapp is a near-Shakespearean character. Waters played him perfectly in 2008.
Doubtless, he’ll do it again when he and Abear fly to Halifax May 18 for the May 19-23 festival.
Tickets for this special event are available at The Talisman. Don’t miss it.