Who: Actor in Black Jack Justice, a murderous comedy set during the golden age of radio.
Buzz: As he proved in his prize-winning play Poochwater last SummerWorks, McPhaden looks great in period. Plus, writer Gregg Taylor has a few Fringe plays under his belt.
Who: Performer in Night Of The Assassins, a Cuban drama about siblings who perform a ritual murder of their parents.
Buzz: A young actor who's done impressive work in classics (The Duchess Of Malfi, The Doll House) and new drama (Rose, Tough Change) teams up with Latin artists for a tense show with overtones of Genet's The Maids.
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Who: The Alberta duo wrote and perform in the lyrical Tuesdays And Sundays, based on a true story of young love set in 1880s PEI.
Buzz: The hot young western actors debut in T.O. after winning Sterling Awards -- Edmonton's version of the Doras -- for outstanding performance and script.
Who: Performer in I., which looks at an illegal Chinese refugee forced to deal with a new world.
Buzz: After generating theatrical heat as a mute young brother in Mother Tongue, Baek is sure to strike sparks in a drama about personal and family identity.
Who: Plays pleading mom trying to convince her daughter not to commit suicide in Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize winner, Night Mother.
Buzz: The veteran stage and screen trooper (Goin' Down The Road, Riverdale) is best known for comedy. Can she handle this hugely demanding dramatic role?
Who: In Kurt Vonnegut's Who Am I This Time, she plays a shy woman cast as Stella in a community-theatre production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
Buzz: The sizzling vocalist who scored as Doris Day in Toronto and New York Fringe hit Que Sera now struts her stuff in a non-singing dramatic role.
Who: Performer in Perfect On Paper, Marcia Johnson's ensemble romantic comedy.
Buzz: Playwright (Riot, The Lady Smith) Moodie has a likeable presence and smooth delivery that are perfect for contemporary comedy.