Native Earth Performing Arts & North York Arts presents...


Happening in the Studio Theatre

Huff, a darkly comic, fantastical and wrenching one-man tour de force, explores the lives of Indigenous youth battling addiction and systemic injustices while in search of a better life. First developedat Native Earth’s Weesageechak Begins to Dance festival, Huff is the story of Wind and his brothers, caught in a torrent of solvent abuse while coping with the death of their mother. Wind’s gas-induced dream world bleeds into his haunting reality as he is preyed on by Trickster through the hallways at school, the abandoned motel he loves more than home, and through his own fragile psyche. Huff is the recipient of the 2012 Buddies in Bad Times Vanguard Award for Risk & Innovation, and playwright Cardinal was named the 2015 winner of the RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwright Prize.

Cliff Cardinal (Playwright, Performer), who made his acting debut in Freeman’s Wake (Native Earth)by Yvette Nolan in 2005, portrays over a dozen characters in this solo show. Recent credits include The Saskatchewan Rebellion (Video Cabaret), Three Little Birds (Workshop West Theatre) and Tales Of An Urban Indian (Green Thumb Theatre) for which he was nominated for a Jessie Richardson Memorial Theatre Award. Cliff's debut as a playwright, Stitch, premiered at SummerWorks Performance Festival in 2011, winning the Theatre Passe Muraille Emerging Artist Award for a notable artistic impression.

Karin Randoja (Director) is an award-winning director, actor, singer/composer and teacher and has been creating devised theatre for over 25 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 (New York), The Caravan Farm Theatre and The National Arts Centre. She teaches at Humber College and numerous other schools and theatres. Karin has worked across Canada, the US, Europe, Japan and Mozambique. She is a graduate of the acting program at The National Theatre School of Canada.


Written by and Starring Cliff Cardinal
Directed by Karin Randoja

Set & Costume Design by Jackie Chau
Lighting Design by Michelle Ramsay
Sound Design by Alex Williams


photo credit: akipari


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