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Berend McKenzie



Nationality:    Canadian
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Berend McKenzie has called Vancouver home since 1990 and has worked in film and TV as well as theatre ever since. He has had the pleasure of working with some of Canada's most talented and creative thinkers including Darrin Hagen, Mardi Maraden and Denis Simpson. In film and TV he has worked with Oscar award winning actresses Halle Berry (Catwoman) and Angelina Jolie (Life or Something Like It). Some of his other credits include Adromeda, Jeremiah and Cold Squad. In 2001 he won the Best Actress Award (yes you read it right) for his portrayal of Charlotte in Christopher Durang's hit play, Beyond Therapy. He has written several pieces for the Loud and Queer Festival in Edmonton Alberta. These pieces include Fashion Police, Gay Pride, Weiner Talk, Blood Bath at St. Paul's and Jones'n. His first full-length play, Get Off the Cross, Mary, a queer puppet show for adults, enjoyed three successful runs in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. It won the Xtra West Hero Award for Best Live Performance in 2008. Berend's second full-length one-man show NGGRFG (Would you say the name of this play?) has enjoyed performances across Canada and includes performances at The Young People's Theatre in Toronto, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a 25school tour in Vancouver commissioned by the VSB. NGGRFG was published in Signature Editions one-person anthology One For the Road.

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Nggrfg is a gripping, true, sometimes funny story, about homophobia and racism. In a series of stories based on his life, actor/writer Berend McKenzie presents his one-man show Nggrfg about Buddy, a boy growing up both black (n*gger) and gay (fag), who is the target of taunts and marginalization. Buddy fluctuates between being an outcast, a rebel, a dropout and a survivor. Ultimately, he finds the power to face down the two oppressive and wounding words that affect his life and rises above them. ***** (Vue Weekly, Edmonton). Wonderful! McKenzie proves utterly fearless and unflinchingly honest (Toronto Sun). *****(CJSR-FM).


1st Produced:
theSpace on the Mile, Edinburgh Festival Fringe    Aug 2012

Small Brown Package Productions

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Gay, one act

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