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Cast

 

Liam Volke, Max
Jordan Gray, Rudy
Nathaniel Bacon, Wolf
Ryan G. Hinds, Greta
Peter Higginson, Uncle Freddie
Jad Farris, Horst
Thomas Gough, Nazi Captain
Edward Karek, Nazi Officer



Liam Volke, Max

 

Liam Volke HeadshotFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

 

Selected Credits: Billy in Top Gun! The Musical (Lower Ossington Theatre); Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night (UVic Phoenix Theatre); B1 and B2 in A Number (UVic Studio Production); Nix in The Ethical Six-some (UVic Student Alternative Theatre Company); Edward in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Victoria Fringe Festival).

 

About: Liam graduated in 2011 with a degree in Acting, at the University of Victoria. Still relatively new to this side of the country, he is honoured, delighted–pretty much over the moon–to make his Hart House Theatre debut with this beautiful play, and with such fun, intelligent, and all-around excellent people. Much love and gratitude to his family, and his newfound friends in Toronto.

 

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Jordan Gray, Rudy

 

Jordan Gray HeadshotFor Hart house Theatre: Debut

 

Selected Credits: Father Flynn in Doubt ( Bygone Theatre); Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Big Rodent Productions NY); Twelfth Night (Circle in the Square NY); 5 women wearing the same dress (Michael chekhov theater company NY); The Greeks (Firehall theatre).

 

About: Originally from Vancouver where he started his acting career in Film and TV, Jordan moved to New York City where he trained at Circle in the Square Theater School in Manhattan and did off-off Broadway shows for 3 years, before moving to Toronto in 2011. He would like to thank his family for always supporting him as an artist and Hart House for choosing such a great play to produce.

 

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Nathaniel Bacon, Wolf

 

Nathaniel BaconFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

 

Selected Credits: Luke in St. Francis of Millbrook (4th Line Theatre); The Trojan Women (Theatre Erindale); Colours In The Storm (Erindale Fringe Festival). For T.V.: The L.A. Complex, Urban Legends and Transporter: The Series.

 

About: Nathaniel is a graduate of the Theatre and Drama Studies program at the University of Toronto: Mississauga, jointly with Sheridan College. He is also a talented singer/songwriter and a committed activist for queer issues, animal rights and environmental conservation. http://www.imdb.me/nathanielbacon

 

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Ryan G. Hinds, Greta

 

Ryan HindsFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

 

Selected Credits: Hedwig in Hedwig & the Angry Inch (Capitol Theatre, Port Hope); Museum of the Rapture (Douglas Coupland/Nuit Blanche); Dutchman (Lemontree Creations/Summerworks). For Buddies in Bad Times: Tightrope, STADIUM, Post-Living Ante-Action Theater, and Madonna Saved Me. Film/T.V.: Hedwig & the Angry Inch (dir. John Cameron Mitchell); The Red Sneakers (dir. Gregory Hines); The Day After That (dir. Liza Minnelli). Featured on MTV news, E! and FashionTelevision.

 

About: Ryan is an award-winning performer who has headlined sold-out cabaret and performance events in New York City, Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Toronto. In addition to music and theater, Ryan is a columnist for Xtra! More info at RyanGHinds.ca

 

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Peter Higginson, Uncle Freddie

 

Peter HigginsonFor Hart House: Nonno in Night of the Iguana, 2012; Duncan in Macbeth, 2011; Dysart in Equus, 2010; Henry VI in Richard III, 2010; Lear in King Lear, 2008; William in Criminals in Love, 2008; Ghost in Hamlet, 2006 ; Friar Laurence in Romeo & Juliet, 2005; Don Gonzalo in the Joker of Seville, 1980; Afanasi in Last Summer in Chulimsk, 1979; Lundestad in League of Youth, 1978; Mereia in Caligula, 1975.

 

Selected credits: Prospero in The Tempest (Bard in the Park); Tiresius/Shepherd in Oedipus Rex, Montague/Apothecary in Romeo & Juliet (Canopy Theatre); Brabantio in Othello, Porter/Doctor/Seaton in Macbeth, Ghost/Luciano/Gravedigger in Hamlet (Tempest Theatre Co.); Brutus in Julius Caesar, Virgadamo in It’s Nothing Serious, Max in The Real Thing, Doctor/Announcer in Paid on Both Sides (Robert Gill Theatre).

 

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Jad Farris, Horst

 

Jad FarrisFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

 

Selected Credits: Frank-n-furter in The Rocky Horror Show (Fallen Rock Productions); The Last Enemy (American Place Theatre, Off Bdwy); Peter in Prelude to a Kiss (Civic Theatre, IN, US); The Shadow Box (Civic Theatre); Jesus in Godspell (Wesley Theatre, IN).

 

About: This marks Jad’s second appearance on the Canadian stage, a major departure from his recent debut as Frank in “The Rocky Horror Show”. Born and raised in the Middle East and educated in the US, he feels blessed to have been able to work in both regions, performing both in English and Arabic. He’s also found success as a cabaret artist, a voice artist and as a director of productions such as Agnes of God and Beyond Therapy. Perhaps his proudest accomplishment to date is a collaboration with Israeli and Palestinian actors on a project that addressed conflict resolution through educational theatre and culminated in an off-broadway play called “The Last Enemy”; and an award winning documentary of the same name. “Bent” holds a lot of personal meaning to him and he hopes he can convey it’s timeless message of enduring love with as much grace as it deserves.

 

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Thomas Gough, Nazi Captain

 

Thomas GoughFor Hart House Theatre: Jürgen in Bullet For Adolf, Frank Strang in Equus, Lord Hastings in Richard III, Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jellaby in Arcadia, Gloucester in King Lear, Edward Hawthorne in Stephen and Mr. Wilde, Julius Cæsar in Julius Cæsar, Polonius in Hamlet, Harry Raymond in The Stillborn Lover, Old Montague in Romeo and Juliet, Brabantio in Othello, The Chaplain in A Clockwork Orange.

 

Selected Credits: For Canopy Theatre: Phylurgus in Lysistrata, Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet; Adam in As You Like It, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing. For Single Thread Theatre: Sir William Campbell in The Campbell House Story, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing. For Soup Can Theatre: Creon in Antigone (Toronto Fringe, 2012). For Guelph Little Theatre: Malvolio in Twelfth Night.

 

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Edward Karek, Nazi Officer

 

Edward KarekFor Hart House Theatre: Debut

 

Selected Credits: Tito Merelli in Lend Me a Tenor, Waldo Lydecker in Laura (Village Players); Victor Prynne in Private Lives, Trigorin in The Seagull, Garry Essendine in Present Laughter, Don Carlos in A Flea in Her Ear, Eric Birling in An Inspector Calls and Jimmy Curry in The Rainmaker (all with Stage Centre Productions).

 

About: Edward is thrilled to be making his Hart House Theatre debut and grateful for the opportunity to share the stage with this amazing cast. Previously he was a member of the Toronto-based repertory theatre company Stage Centre Productions and appeared in more than 20 theatre classics including plays by Anton Chekhov, Jean Anouih, Noel Coward, George Bernard Shaw and Tennessee Williams. He has also appeared in musical theatre productions with The Yorkminstrels and Etobicoke Musical Theatre, and for many years enjoyed working as an extra for the Canadian Opera Company.

 

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