Informal Upright

A Theatre Collective

Hamburger

A Site-Responsive Dark Comedy About Sexual Politics in the Workplace!

At the Hideout! 

All shows: 7pm
Hot Kitchen, Cash Bar. 

A couple, 12 years apart, wrestles with the economic immobility of their generation. While Arie finds passion in his impressive ability to sell hamburgers at pace, Lib struggles through her academic shortcomings and vegetarianism in hope of better employment. Work is a place that neither character can reasonably leave—they are forced to bear each other’s presence until the day is done. And, while at work, Lib and Arie have no ladder to climb but each other.

Mina James* is a Toronto based theatre performer. Most recently, see as Helena in All’s Well That Ends Well and Fortinbras in Hamlet (Canadian Stage Company) Previous acting credits include: Krystina in Outside (Roseneath Theatre), Chorus in Antigonick (SummerWorks 2014), Mala in Sultans of Street for YPT (Dora Win-Best Ensemble), Lennox in Macbeth and Grumio in Taming of the Shrew (Canadian Stage Company). Mina was a fellow in the 2013 incarnation of the International Actor’s Fellowship at The Globe (UK). Mina would like to thank her Mom for everything. Upcoming: Mina is part of Second City’s Diversity Fellowship and will be performing in a revue show there in September 2018. 

*Mina James appears courtesy of the Canadian Actors Equity Association. 

James Ingram-Smith is newly returning to Toronto. He is a graduate of the Toronto Film School where performed in a wide range of original shorts including Let's Eat, Voices, Goodbye to Sandra Dee, and Junkie Diaries. Returning home to the Region of Waterloo, James’ subsequent roles include Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing and multiple site-specific projects with Flush Ink Productions. He is also a graduate of the High Skills Arts program at Eastwood Collegiate Institute, majoring in Drama. In a Sears' production of God: A One Act Play in the role of Woody Allen where James garnered critical recognition from the judges. Informal Upright’s Hamburger is bringing James back to Toronto with plans to stay. 

Sukhpreet Sangha is a lawer and artist who hails from the former manufacturing hub of Kitchener, ON. Ever a fan of Toronto, se has been a local for the past several years. After studying theatre and English at the University of Waterloo, she studied law at Osgoode Hall and now questions that decision regularly. She practiced as a criminal defense lawyer in the GTA for a number of years, appearing before all levels of court in Ontario (which is meaningful to some). She is currently working in public legal education at a non-profit organization dedicated to violence prevention. Sukhpreet also writes, directs, and acts. Most recently she appeared in Theatre of the Beat’s British Columbia tour or Forgiven/Forgotten. She struggles and strives to live a a life that both allows her to use her legal education to help those who are being marginalized and to find opportunities to feed her creative impulses. 

Ciarán Myers completed his MFA in Writing at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2015. That year he co-produced his play Touch (5-STARS) at the Edinburgh Fringe and saw Backstage Forward produce his play The Adding (4-STARS) Off West End. This year he is honoured to be working hard as the OAC-supported Playwright in Residence at GreenLight Arts in Kitchener. During his time in the UK Ciarán’s shorter pieces were performed all over the country including the Royal Court Theatre’s Grit Series, Oxford’s Almost Random Theatre, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, the Unresolved Festival, and Theatre 503’s View From Here. Canadian-produced plays include Touch (GLA), Creation Story (ind), and Sweet Mamma and the Salty Muffins (Alumnae). His second collection of poetry was published with StoneGarden Studios in 2013. He is an alumnus of the Tron Theatre’s 100 Club (Glasgow), the Traverse Theatre’s Directing Program (Edinburgh), and the Stratford Festival’s Playwrights Retreat here at home. 

 

Hamburger was written at the 2016 Stratford Festival Playwrights Retreat then developed with the support of Pat the Dog Theatre Creation's recommendation to the Ontario Arts Council. This production is supported by the Toronto Fringe Festival and our magnificent venue, The Hideout. Thank you! 

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