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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.

"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)

Production Credits

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

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 and 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.