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HUFF

by Cliff Cardinal

On Tour 2017

Directed by Karin Randoja
Starring Cliff Cardinal

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.
AWARDS

Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Performance by a Male (Cliff Cardinal)

NOMINATIONS

Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production (HUFF); Outstanding Lighting Design (Michelle Ramsay);
2016 Quebec Critics’ Award

SELECT REVIEWS

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“strong, uncompromising storytelling”
NOW Magazine

4 Stars
Huff is a heartbreaker.”
Torontoist

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

3 stars
An “unflinching solo show”
Globe and Mail

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

The development of Huff was also 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.”

 

Photos by akipari

PREVIEWS

“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’s first play Stitch debuted in SummerWorks 2011, winning Theatre Passe Muraille’s Emerging Artist Award. For Huff, he won the Buddies in Bad Times Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation at SummerWorks and two Dora Mavor Moore awards in the Independent Category (Outstanding Performance – Male; Outstanding New Play.)  Maria Gets A New Life, debuted at SummerWorks 2013. “This captivating tale of an off-grid mother solidifies Cardinal as one of the most talented and intriguing writers in the country.” –NOW Magazine.  Cliff graduated from the playwriting program at the National Theatre School of Canada. His music project: Cliff Cardinal and The Skylarks recently released their debut album: This Is Not A Mistake.