"A Transylvanian in Silicon Valley": New Comedy Opens in San Francisco

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New show opens at the Actors Theatre of San Francisco, Stage 2, May 1, 2004, running through June 19, 2004. One man's picaresque journey from Transylvanian terror to Silicon Valley success.

It's not that others haven't found the time to assassinate repressive dictators or taken an evening to transport blood by moonlight to Transylvania or been shot at while escaping across the Romanian border or found the fortitude to trek through Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia and Slovenia while eating only chocolate or lived under a bridge in Vienna, surviving on 30 cents a day or even decided to learn English by endlessly questioning defendants awaiting trial in courthouses. It's that Silvian Centiu - San Francisco Bay Area resident and USF grad - emerged from these ordeals with a comedy. A solo comedy, called A Transylvanian in Silicon Valley that he'll be performing at the Actors Theatre SF beginning May. The show will run for eight weeks regardless of any additional hurdles that are placed in his path.

Silvian Centiu is currently a director at Oracle Corporation, but he found his way there only after pursuing an extremely circuitous and often humbling path. Born and raised in the Transylvania region of Romania, Silvian arrived in America as a young man with many marketable computer skills. Because he had such a tenuous grasp of the English language, he applied for work as a pizza deliveryman. Unfortunately, he was turned down for the job. Perhaps it's all for the best because he then committed himself to learning English by speaking it for five hours a day, everyday to anyone who would listen. He soon found employment as a computer programmer first for Aetna, and later for Sony and Ross "Dress for Less".

Although Silvian's parents never fully grasped what a programmer did, they became very proud of their son when they found out that his software created the price tags at Ross. A few years later, Silvian had the choice of either enrolling in Stanford's MBA program or managing a soccer club. Obviously it was an easy choice. In fact he attributes his management skills at Oracle to his experience with the soccer club.

At Oracle, he was a key contributor to the "Oracle 8 Database" the product that made Oracle the second largest software company in the world. He now manages Oracle Applications staff in more than ten countries as a Global Applications Flow Owner. (Whatever that means. Just know that there are only five of them in the world.) But despite all of his accomplishments, Silvian has still not gotten over his disappointment at being turned down by the pizza delivery service. He thinks he would have done a really good job.


"A Transylvanian in Silicon Valley"

Created and Performed by Silvian Centiu

Directed by Kenneth Vandenberg


Actors Theatre of San Francisco, Stage 2

533 Sutter, one block from Union Square


May 1 - June 19, 2004

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00pm; Sundays at 2:00pm

First three weeks, shows only performed Fridays and Saturdays





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Bruce Pachtman



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