Who: Actor in Alan Dilworth 's Yogyakarta , in which Western idealism and post-colonial realities collide.
Buzz: Bendavid's proven himself expert at capturing youthful innocence, playing a gay Italian teen who comes out to his strict Italian family (In Gabriel's Kitchen) and a shy bellhop with a dark future (The Gladstone Variations). How much can he make us sympathize with a man too blind to see the social and political chasms between two worlds?
Tara Beagan and Michaela Washburn
Who: Playwright/director of and actor in, respectively, Quilchena , in which a missing native teen returns to her community to trace her last hours on earth.
Buzz: A powerful team who've collaborated on the moving adoption drama Dreary And Izzy, Beagan and Washburn know how to open an audience's collective heart. Laughs have been essential to the women's work, singly and together; we're curious to see how humour can be worked into Quilchena's serious material.
Who: Director of Wallace Shawn 's A Thought In Three Parts , in which sexual appetite and voyeurism rule the lives of several people.
Buzz: The veteran SummerWorks director (Phae, First You're Born, Down The Main Drag) is known for his light touch with material often considered whimsical. Here he gets dark and dirty with a 1975 piece that the British vice squad closed down for its explicit violence and sexuality.
Who: Director of Living Tall , in which a motivational coach instructs an audience on how to increase sales and earn the respect of business peers.
Buzz: A member of the Independent Aunties, Randoja understands how to pump up a show with movement. Here she directs fellow Primus Theatre member Ker Wells in a tale about haunting secrets and surprising loss. Will it be as physical and funny as the pair's works usually are?
Gord Rand and Jeanie Calleja
Who: Writer and performer, respectively, of The Trial Of Thumbelina , a futuristic fantasy about the tiny fairy-tale figure who finds herself in an ecological nightmare world.
Buzz: This indie theatre scene power couple's combined credits include some of the best from stage (Trout Stanley), comedy (the GTOs) and TV (Slings And Arrows). Their last stage collaboration was in Rand's savagely funny Fringe hit Pond Life, so expect more disturbing yet wise observations about contemporary life.
Who: Writer/performer in Anorexican , a "light comedy" (get it?) about eating disorders.
Buzz: Anorexia has inspired a number of good plays - including Little Sister and the ecstatics, coincidentally remounted at SummerWorks this year. Johnson, a zine artist and one-half of the comedy duo Iron Cobra, should put her own quirky and biting mark on the theme. An earlier version of the script created lots of buzz at Nightwood's Groundswell series.
Who: Playwright of/performer in Paper Series , a sequence of six short plays all dealing in some way with paper.
Buzz: Last seen as one of the hipsters hanging out at The Gladstone Variations, Yee has an ease and gangly charm that's helped make shows like Banana Boys and Singkil so entertaining. A terrific multicultural cast and a solid director (Nina Lee Aquino) should help his script go from being good on paper to good onstage.
Who: Actor in A Weekend In The Country , in which seven vacationing friends find a body in their cottage living room.
Buzz: Dezotti was a marvel playing several female roles in Shakespeare And The Queen's Men, and then did a moving turnabout as the shy and transformed guy in Neil LaBute's The Shape Of Things. How much will he invest in this dark comedy - an Edinburgh Fringe hit - as a soaking-wet businessman dealing with dismembered body parts?