From a Dora Award-winning director and a kick-ass dancer to a singer/songwriter adapting her acclaimed album, here, in alphabetical order, are some folks heating up the 11-day Queen West performance fest
Nina Lee Aquino
As she showed in her Dora Award-winning work on School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play and the Fringe hit Through The Bamboo earlier this year, Aquino is superb at directing large ensembles with multiple narratives. That should come in handy with rochdale, David Yee’s play about the legendary experiment in cooperative housing, alternative education and, of course, drug-taking.
The school (housed where the current Senator David A. Croll apartments now are) has inspired a documentary and another play – 2006’s uneven The Rochdale Project. But count on Governor General’s Award-winning Yee, Aquino and a groovy young group of actors to introduce a whole new generation to this era.
Opens August 8 at the Theatre Centre Franco Boni Theatre
Cardinal scored a big hit with Huff, his darkly funny 2015 solo show about Indigenous siblings struggling to cope with the death of their mother. The play won him Doras for best play and performance and enjoyed a nine-city tour and several remounts.