Category Archives: 2015/2016 Season

by Cliff Cardinal

October 10-25, 2015
Aki Studio

On Tour January 2016

Directed by Karin Randoja
Starring Cliff Cardinal

Fresh off the critical success of Stitch, Native Earth kicks off their 33rd season with another daring solo show by award-winning Indigenous playwright Cliff Cardinal, one of the most exciting new voices in Canadian theatre.


Huff took my breath away.”
– J. Kelly Nestruck

“strong, uncompromising storytelling”
NOW Magazine

4 Stars
Huff is a heartbreaker.”

4 Stars
“Cardinal is an artist to watch”
– Stage Door

3 stars
An “unflinching solo show”
Globe and Mail

Proper 3 stars
“a charming kind of chemistry”
Toronto Star

“Excellent” – Sprockets and Greasepaint

“Must-See Theatre”  – Paula Citron

“so poignant & so very important” – Hye Musings

Huff is the wrenching, yet darkly comic tale of Wind and his brothers, caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and struggling to cope with the death of their mother.

Wind’s fantastic dream world bleeds into his haunting reality, as he’s preyed on by the Trickster through the hallways at school, the abandoned motel he loves more than home, and his own fragile psyche.

With his signature biting humour and raw, vivid imagery, Cardinal expertly portrays over a dozen characters in his captivating solo performance.

Winner of the 2015 RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwright Prize;  Winner of 2012 Buddies in Bad Times Vanguard Award for Risk & Innovation.

Huff has been developed, in part, through The Collaborations, an initiative of Canada’s National Arts Centre English Theatre.

The development of Huff has also been supported by VideoCabaret.

Set & Costume Design by Jackie Chau
Lighting Design by Michelle Ramsay
Sound Design by Alex Williams
Stage Managed by Jennifer Stobart

“Soon the trickster preyed on him in his dreams.”

Audience Advisory: Explicit Content. Mature Audiences Only.
Running Time: 70 mins with No Intermission.

Photos by akipari


“You know you’re not in for the usual sort of theatre.”
–  NOW Magazine

“To be a little Indian kid in some of these situations… You have to stand there and feel like you’re not good enough. ” – CBC

“Chaos breeds more chaos.” – Mooney on Theatre


Playwright & Performer – Cliff Cardinal

Cliff Cardinal made his theatrical debut with Native Earth in Freeman’s Wake by Yvette Nolan in the ’05 Rhubarb Festival. Cliff’s work has been recognized across the country including a Jessie Richardson Memorial Theatre Award nomination for Outstanding Performance for Tales Of An Urban Indian by Darrell Dennis with Green Thumb Theatre. Cliff’s first play Stitch premiered Toronto’s SummerWorks Festival to great acclaim, winning both The Spotlight Award for Performance and Theatre Passe Muraille’s Emerging Artist Award for notable artistic impression and Huff was awarded the 2012 Buddies in Bad Times Vanguard Award for Risk & Innovation. Of Cardinal’s play Maria Gets A New Life, NOW Magazine said “This captivating tale of an off-grid mother solidifies Cardinal as one of the most talented and intriguing writers in the country.”

Huff Tour

From January to March of 2016, Huff can be seen in cities across Canada. From Vancouver to Montreal and beyond,
Huff will take the country by storm.


Re-imagining Las Americas
Re-Imaginando las Américas

November 3-8, 2015
Evening Tickets $15-$20
Festival Pass $50

Aki Studio &
Ada Slaight Hall

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Aluna Theatre is thrilled to present a new multi-arts initiative, CAMINOS, a week of performance experiments, in partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts. Fresh ideas come together from some of the most exciting local voices representing the Americas.

This week of performances also features: cabaret evenings; conversations on translation and cultural interpretation with artists, social innovators, and academics; and presentations of approaches to translation by Aluna’s bilingual ensemble.

For all the details, including festival line-up,
visit the CAMINOS website.


3 a 8 de noviembre, 2015
Entrada $15-$20/noche o
compre un pasaporte para
la semana entera por sólo $50

Aki Studio &
Ada Slaight Hall

Compre Billetes

Aluna Theatre se complace en presentar CAMINOS, una semana de exploraciones de nuevas ideas en teatro, danza, música, monólogos de comedia, y spoken word por artistas de nuestras comunidades.

Presentado en colaboración con Native Earth Performing Arts, CAMINOS incluye performances, cabarés, conversatorios sobre traducción e interpretación cultural con artistas, innovadoras e innovadores sociales, e intelectuales, y presentaciones especiales sobre abordajes a la traducción por el equipo bilingüe de Aluna.

CAMINOS le ofrece la oportunidad de presenciar y participar en la creación de nuevas performances locales en etapa de maduración.


Tickets $15-$20 available online.
Festival Passes are $50 and can be purchased by telephone.
Tuesday-Friday at 7pm; Saturday at 1pm.
Sunday Showcase is Pay-What-You-Can.
Purchases made online or by telephone are by credit card only.
At the door payments accepted by cash, debit, VISA and Mastercard.

Box Office Telephone: 416-531-1402 Email: boxoffice[at]

More information on ticket pick-up here.


Founded in 2001 as a response to the misrepresentation and under-representation of cultural diversity on our stages, Aluna Theatre aimed to form a new and distinct language of theatrical presentation. For over a decade, Aluna Theatre has been attempting to shift the scales of imbalance by bringing social justice, equality and human rights to the forefront of all productions.

Aluna Theatre fue fundada en el 2001 con el objetivo de desarrollar un lenguaje teatral original y como respuesta a la poca y mala representación de artistas de diversas culturas en la escena canadiense, especialmente artistas inmigrantes de América Latina. Por más de una década, Aluna Theatre ha intentado cambiar las pesas de la balanza abordando los temas de justicia social, igualdad y derechos humanos en todas sus producciones.

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2015-2016 Season at-a-glance


Directed by Karin Randoja and starring Cliff Cardinal
October 10-25, 2015, Aki Studio
Single Tickets $15-$30


Presented in partnership with Aluna Theatre
November 3-7, 2015, Aki Studio
Single Tickets $15-$20, Festival Pass $50


November 11-21, 2015, Aki Studio
Single Tickets $15, Festival Pass $60


Presented in partnership with DanceWorks
April 21-23, 2016, Aki Studio
Single Tickets $25, Double Bill $40


May 2016, Aki Studio

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