Our current playwright in resident, Cliff Cardinal has been with us for almost a decade, and he is a valued member of the company. Cardinal was engaged (as a first nations person) to create a land acknowledgement statement:
Hi, I'm Cliff Cardinal, writer in residence, Video Cabaret. This play is situated in the land of the imagination created by Deanne and Michael. This room and this show are alive with their legacy. Thank you for honouring this ground.
We produced his semi-autobiographical play, Too Good to Be True in 2018, and seeded his land acknowledgement play, As You Like it in 2020. Cardinal is finishing up a new play we commissioned called (Everyone I Love Has) A Terrible Fate (Befall Them).
VideoCabaret in association with Crow’s Theatre presents,
(EVERYONE I LOVE HAS) A TERRIBLE FATE (BEFALL THEM)
Written and performed by Cliff Cardinal & directed by Karin Randoja
Produced by Aaron Rothermund & Layne Coleman
Deep in the bowels of a church basement, Robert and his support group must come to terms with their mortality before the impending apocalypse. If only they had just one more day.... Like an asteroid hurtling towards earth, (EVERYONE I LOVE HAS) A TERRIBLE FATE (BEFALL THEM) by Cliff Cardinal is a haunting and humorous portrayal of humankind on the brink of extinction.
Cliff Cardinal is an associate artist at VideoCabaret, where he premiered Too Good to Be True, “a captivating tale that solidifies Cardinal as one of the most talented and intriguing writers in the country” (NOW Magazine). He was named a Canadian Cultural Icon in 2022 (The Globe and Mail) for William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, A Radical Retelling by Cliff Cardinal. The show continues to tour and was recently presented by Mirvish Productions as The Land Acknowledgement, or As You Like It.
For over 30 years, director Karin Randoja has specialized in creating and directing original devised performances, including Cliff Cardinal’s CBC Special, Ahuri Theatre’s This Is the Point, and b current’s Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera.
(EVERYONE I LOVE HAS) A TERRIBLE FATE (BEFALL THEM) will be performed at VideoCabaret in the Deanne Taylor Theatre. Located at 10 Busy Street, Toronto, Ontario.