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"Parsons (despite stepping into the role two days before the preview) delivers a strong performance as the sexually inappropriate and awkward Arie."

"This new comedic two-hander might have us coming back for seconds."

~ NOW Magazine

"Lib, played by Mina James, is a dynamic character. ... Her acting was startling in all the right ways.

This show proved to be intimate, funny, and charming with a hint of sexual tension. ... NOT TO BE MISSED."

~ Mooney on Theatre

Hamburger

A Site-Responsive Dark Comedy about Sexual Politics in the Workplace

At the Hideout! 

All shows: 7pm
Hot Kitchen, Cash Bar. 

Special thanks to our sponsor, Amsterdam Brewery, for offing $6 TALL CANS for our audiences only, in partnership with the Hideout. 

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, she was seen 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.

Mina James* is a Toronto-based theatre performer. Most recently, she was seen 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.

     Zach Parsons  is a Toronto-based actor and musician. After graduating from the theatre program at the University of Waterloo, he's worked extensively in the Hamilton/Burlington area, including parts in  The Second Life  and  Journey to the East  with Tottering Biped Theatre, and two seasons of performing in  Shakespeare at the Rock  at the Royal Botanical Gardens. He's begun expanding into film, with recent credits including the feature film  Shifted , the TV show  Evil Encounters , and various web commercials. He also performs with the improv group  Laughs On Tap,  in Waterloo. This is his second foray into the Toronto Fringe (having performed in  Cut-Throat: The Isolation of Ambition  in 2015).

Zach Parsons is a Toronto-based actor and musician. After graduating from the theatre program at the University of Waterloo, he's worked extensively in the Hamilton/Burlington area, including parts in The Second Life and Journey to the East with Tottering Biped Theatre, and two seasons of performing in Shakespeare at the Rock at the Royal Botanical Gardens. He's begun expanding into film, with recent credits including the feature film Shifted, the TV show Evil Encounters, and various web commercials. He also performs with the improv group Laughs On Tap, in Waterloo. This is his second foray into the Toronto Fringe (having performed in Cut-Throat: The Isolation of Ambition in 2015).

Sukhpreet Sangha is a lawyer and artist. 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 practicing poverty law at a community legal clinic. Sukhpreet also writes, directs, and acts. Most recently, she appeared in Theatre of the Beat’s British Columbia tour of 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 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). 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.

 

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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