Huff

Wind and his brothers are caught in a storm of solvent abuse and struggling to cope with the death of their mother. Wind’s fantastic gas-induced dream world bleeds into his haunting reality as he’s preyed on by the Trickster through the hallways at school, at the abandoned motel he loves more than home, and through his own fragile psyche.

In this solo performance, Cliff Cardinal combines First Nations mythic storytelling, dark humour and vivid imagery to weave the spellbinding tale of a heartbreaking yet hopeful search for love.

In this solo performance, Cliff Cardinal combines First Nations mythic storytelling, dark humour and vivid imagery to weave the spellbinding tale of a heartbreaking yet hopeful search for love.

    "It reaches inside and grabs you so hard that you forget it's make-believe. It makes you rethink what you thought you knew. It leaves you transformed.”

    ~CBC (Chandra Mayor)

Credits

Playwright & Performer Cliff Cardinal
Director Karin Randoja
Production Designer & Producer Elizabeth Kantor

Artist Bios

Cliff Cardinal | PLAYWRIGHT & PERFORMER

Cliff Cardinal made his theatre debut with Native Earth in
Freeman’s Wake by Yvette Nolan in the ’05 Rhubarb Festival.
Favorite acting credits include: Tales Of An Urban Indian by
Darrell Dennis with Green Thumb Theatre for which he was
nominated for a Jessie Richardson Memorial Theatre Award in
the category: ‘Outstanding Performance in a Play for Young
Audiences.’ In Toronto he played Wandering Spirit in Video
Cabaret’s production of The Saskatchewan Rebellion and in
Edmonton he played Troy in Kenneth T. Williams’ Three Little
Birds with Workshop West Theatre alongside his mother,
Tantoo Cardinal.
Cliff's first play Stitch premiered this past summer at
Toronto's SummerWorks Theatre Festival, to great acclaim.
Winning the Theatre Passe Muraille Emerging Artist Award for a
notable artistic impression.
His second play HUFF, was the recipient of the 2012 Buddies in Bad
Times Vanguard Award for Risk & Innovation.

Elizabeth Kantor | PRODUCTION DESIGNER & PRODUCER

Elizabeth is a theatre director, designer, and producer. She was the
production designer (set, video, lighting and sound) and producer
for HUFF, orchestrating its presentations at the Ode'min Giizis
Indigenous Arts Festival, the Winnipeg Fringe and the 2012
SummerWorks Festival. HUFF was the recipient of the Buddies in
Bad Times Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation, and Elizabeth
will be producing the productions upcoming 2013-2014 National Tour
with her company Cardinal/Kantor Productions. She has also worked
previously as a producer for Stitch (SummerWorks 2011); and as a
stage manager with the Ode’min Giizis Indigenous Arts Festival
(Peterborough), Imago Theatre (Montreal), 4th Line Theatre,
Dramamuse, The Canadian Museum of Civilization’s resident theatre
company; and, for the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama.
Elizabeth holds a B.A. from the University of Ottawa, and is entering
her final year in the Production Program at the National Theatre
School of Canada. She is also the recipient of the 2011 Zonta Theatre
Award.

Karin Randoja | DIRECTOR & DRAMATURG

Karin Randoja is a director, actor, singer/composer and teacher and has
been creating devised theatre for over 20 years. Karin was a founding
member of Primus Theatre and is a member of The Independent Aunties.
She has performed and/or directed at Cleveland Public Theatre, La Mama
Etc. (New York),The Caravan Farm Theatre, and The National Arts Centre
(to name a few). She has twice been nominated for a Dora Award for
acting. She teaches and directs at Humber College, and numerous other
schools and theatres, including many years at The National Theatre
School of Canada. Karin has worked across Canada, the U.S., Europe,
Japan and Mozambique. She is a graduate of the National Theatre
School of Canada.

Sponsors /Acknowledgements

The Centre for Indigenous Theatre, OKW, Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the National Theatre School of Canada, TRIBE, Alberta Aboriginal Arts, Lori Blondeau, Columpa Bobb, Leith Clarke, Tina Keeper, Maria Cook, Chris Coyne, Tantoo Cardinal, Jovanni Sy, Mac Fyfe, Patti Shaughnessy, Em Glasspool, Ryan Schultz, Ryan Cunningham, Christine Sokaymoh Frederick, Alan Finkle, Kent Suss, Rose Stella, Michael and Deanne, Wanda Nanibush, James Durham, Paula & Calvin, Jill & Cheyenne, Guillaume Simard, and Emily Iselmoe.