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VideoCabaret is sprinkling fairy dust and sweeping away sawdust, launching a new play in our own new venue at 10 BUSY STREET. We can't wait to see you relaxing in one of our fifty velvet-esque seats, delighting in the crazy luxury of live theatre in a virtual age. All this and more -- we are steps from Queen streetcars, parking, tasty food spots, and a monster-secondhand-mart.

TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE is a dark comedy by the marvelous playwright Cliff Cardinal, who recently won double-Doras, and an Edinburgh Festival award for the writing and performance of his incendiary play Huff.

The superb cast of TOO GOOD is led by Cheri Maracle as Maria, a beautiful fabulist and dauntless mom on the lam with her teenage children, played by Patti Shaughnessy and Ryan Cunningham. As the police close in on the suspected vigilante, Maria borrows an empty house and holds a last supper with her budding son and pregnant daughter.

Jude -----Mom, you left us at the motel.

Lisa -----For three days.

Maria ---Well. I'm not perfect

TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE enjoys the support of SEASON SPONSOR: BMO Financial Group, and BUSY STREET ANGELS Mark & Bettie Tullis, Margie Zeidler, Bruce & Elda Ratford.

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BRIEF BIOS OF THE TOO GOOD ENSEMBLE

Cliff Cardinal (Playwright and Director) has been influenced by VideoCabaret’s ensemble since he was a teenager watching rehearsals of Michael Hollingsworth's New France at the Cameron House in 2000. He acted in The Saskatchewan Rebellion in 2007, and over the past decade has used VideoCab resources to help develop and produce his plays. As the company's Associate Artist, Cliff is now collaborating with resident lighting designer Andrew Dollar, and with costume designer Sage Paul, to bring his own highly theatrical style to VIDEOCAB's new black-box stage.

Cliff was born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to iconic Canadian actress Tantoo Cardinal. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School, a veteran of many stages and screens, and has played his music on three continents. Huff has been published, translated into French, continues to tour, and will be released on CBC’s new podcast PlayMe, April 2019.

Cheri Maracle (Maria) is an actress and singer from the six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Her work has been honoured by multiple award nominations. Selected credits: Sleighbell Sweethearts (Hallmark), Blackstone (APTN,CBC), Murdoch Mysteries, Moccasin Flats (CBC; We'll Always Have Toynbee, The Road Forward (NFB). Theatre: Everything I Couldn't Tell You (Theatre Centre), The Road to Paradise (Crow's Theatre), and The Rez Sisters (Belfry Theatre), Death of a Chief (National Arts Centre).

Ryan Cunningham (Jude) is a status-pending Cree Nēhiyaw from Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta) and Michel First Nation. He is a former Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts where he originally produced Huff by Cliff Cardinal. In 2017 he founded Cunning Concepts & Creations which continues to tour the production. Selected credits: Grand Hotel, Oh, What a Lovely War!, An Octoroon, The Madness of King George III (Shaw Festival);  King Lear, Ecstasy of Rita Joe (National Arts Centre) Blackstone (APTN/CBC).

Patti Shaughnessy (Lisa) is a director, performer and producer of theatre. Directing credits include: Ananna A/S (Casa Matriz), Rosa Marie-ptiquartikkaluarnera  (The Occupation of Heather Rose);  Arnatsialaat (The Rez Sisters) for the National Theatre of Greenland; and the premiere of Drew Hayden Taylor’s Cottagers and Indians at Tarragon Theatre (2018). She is a member of Curve Lake First Nation #35, home of the  Mchi-Saagig Nishnnabeg and a descendent of Irish superheroes who settled in the Kawartha Lakes region circa 1825.

Andrew Dollar (Lighting Design, Stage/Production Management) is a Dora-Nominated lighting designer of the past four History Plays; sound designer of Krapp's Last Tape (Swan/VideoCab Co-Production 2018). Stage-management credits include fourteen shows with VideoCab and Live Wrong and Prosper; Second City Guide to the Symphony (The Second City).

Sage Paul (Costume Design) is an urban Denesuliné tskwe based in Toronto and a member of English River First Nation. She is an award-winning artist & designer who had created costumes for Kent Monkman, Darlene Naponse, Danis Goulet and others; and is the founder and the Artistic Director of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto. 

VIDEOCABARET

VideoCab is best known for Michael Hollingsworth's THE HISTORY OF THE VILLAGE OF THE SMALL HUTS, an epic cycle of plays honoured by annual Dora Nominations & Awards since 1985, including Outstanding Actor 2018 for Michaela Washburn for her performance as Louis Riel in The Confederation Plays. The company has received a Critics' Award for Ensemble Extraordinaire; the author is the holder of a Silver Ticket.

Onstage at 10 BUSY STREET the company and guest artists will cultivate and present tragical comedies and painful funnies. Projects in development include Mac Fyfe's staging of Happy Days with Nancy Beatty and David Fox; Aviva Armour Ostroff's Lune; and Black Box Sessions with visiting artists from SUM Theatre, Saskatoon. In the atelier, resident designers Astrid Janson, Mel McNeill, Alice Norton, Sage Paul are costuming and wigging for various in-house and outside productions.

ATTENTION HISTORY PLAY FANS!

Next season at 10 BUSY STREET....

VideoCab will mount one of our beloved History Plays. Will it be Michael Hollingsworth's The Cold War (1946-66) featuring Bombs, Beatniks, a Bill of Rights, Commie spies in Ottawa, and a mad scientist in Montreal doing LSD experiments for the CIA? (You can't make this stuff up, but Michael did invent the suburban family whose Dad works for Avro Arrow and whose Mom takes her nervous breakdown to a clinic in Montreal.) Or should we present The Life & Times Of Brian Mulroney (1983-93) in which Canada, having just liberated itself from the British Empire, is led by a Trumpian salesman to surrender to the American Empire. More plays by the Directors and Cliff Cardinal are sketched into future calendars, including Deanne Taylor's legendary Second Nature, a musical with heart and guts and ovaries.

VideoCabaret gratefully acknowledges our 2018 Supporters

The Canada Council for the Arts • The Toronto Arts Council • The Ontario Arts Council

Season Sponsor: BMO Financial Group

Mark & Bettie Tullis, Bruce & Elda Ratford, Margaret Zeidler, Suzanne Depoe

The Westaway Charitable Foundation, Ginette Hamel & Cliff Trollope

Stephen Lico, Brian J. Dawson, Andrew Horberry

Robert Allsopp & Catherine Nasmith, Stewart Arnott, Paul Bennett, Bob Bernecky,

John Butler, Lesley Byrne, Christine Crosby, Cherie Daitchman, Benjamin Dermer,

Janet Dewan, Lisa Douglas, John Duravetz, Sian Ferguson, Barbara Fingerote,

Melissa Foster, Marian Gibson, Barbara Haber, Brian Jantzi

Marilyn Job, Karen & Allan Kazmer, Shawn Kerwin, Barbara Klunder, Audrey Lengyel,

Greg Lichti, Judith Lowther, Robert Ludwig, Sallie Lyons, Jocelyn MacDonald,

Paul MacLean, Paul Mark, John Matthew IV, Stephen & Bernice Neal, Lise Olds,

Vicki Prystawski, Ceta Ramkhalawansingh

Norman Reynolds, David Robinson, J. Sergei Sawchyn, Darryl Sherman, Adrian Shubert,

Dr. Sean Sleeth, Lisa Steele & Kim Tomczak, Barbara Tangney, Eloise Thurier, Nick Tracey,

Barbara Vininsky-Millar, Monica Voss, Anton Wagner, Richard & Joan Willingham,

Tamara Zielony, Anon Toronto, Anon Dublin

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