Our #mancrushmonday for this week is the handsome Stephen Joffe, lead singer from the indie band Birds of Bellwoods and star of FACTORY Theatre’s presentation The Crackwalker!
At only 24 years old, Stephen has a storied and crazy career. His award winning folk band Birds of Bellwoods is already making waves in the indie music scene.
His many theatre credits include Freda and Jem’s Best of the Week (Buddies in Bad Times), Taming of the Shrew (Repercussion Theatre), Horse (Theatre Hetaerae), Wild Dogs (Canadian Stage/Nightwood), and his resume as a playwright AND composer is just as extensive. Not only restricted to the stage, Joffe has appeared in mulitple film and television productions including Max and Shred (YTV), Bang Bang Baby (TIFF 2014), The Anniversary (Cinefest Sudbury 2014), Bull (WIFF, SIFF 2014), Overruled! (Family Channel).
Along with Birds of Bellwoods, the latest project keeping Joffe busy is his role in The Crackwalker. Written by legendary Canadian playwright Judith Thompson, The Crackwalker is a timeless piece of work, and one that is just as relevant now as it was when Thompson wrote it over three decades ago. Set in Kingston, Ontario, this play paints a very real picture of what life is like for those living on the fringes of our society. Mental illness, substance abuse and the neverending cycle of violence; these are topics that Thompson covers in a raw, real and resonant way in The Crackwalker, now being brought to life again under her skilled direction.
Impressed by his range and depth, we caught up with the talented Stephen Joffe to talk about lighter subjects. Take a read below!
What is your definition of Romance?
There are as many kinds of romance as there are people in the world. Why define it?
What’s the strangest thing you have ever done to get a love interest’s attention?
Started a band and written… Well have you heard my music?
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?
After a breakup a friend once told me something along the lines of “It’s like you’re in the middle of an ocean, and you can’t see shore on any side, and you don’t know where you came from or if you’re swimming in circles, but buddy you’ve gotta keep swimming.”
If there was one piece of advice you could give to other men/women out there, what would it be?
Don’t be a tool. Listen and be respectful.
How do you keep the romance alive in your relationship?
Just trying not to forget how lucky I am.
The Crackwalker runs until April 10th at the FACTORY Theatre (125 Bathurst Street).