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Tough Jews ()

Produced by

The Spadina Avenue Gang

Presented by

The Storefront Arts Initiative

Playwright: Michael Ross Albert
Director: Benjamin Blais


Kensington Hall


March 31st, 2017 – March 16th, 2017


When a murder is committed in Prohibition-era Kensington Market, a family of would-be criminals is suddenly flung into the high-stakes gangland world of American organized crime. Set against the backdrop of the roaring twenties, the Great Depression, and the biggest race riot in Canadian history, TOUGH JEWS is the story of an immigrant family’s struggle to rise above their station in a violent, intolerant city. (


Blue Bigwood-Mallin Ben
Luis Fernandes Joe
Stephen Joffe Ziggie
Anne van Leeuwen Marge
G. Kyle Shields Teddy
Theresa Tova Ida
Maaor Ziv Rose

Creative Team

Michael Ross Albert Playwright
Benjamin Blais Director
Simon Fon Fight Director
Adam Belanger Set Designer
Melissa Joakim Lighting Designer
Lindsay Junkin Costume Designer
Miquelon Rodriguez Sound Designer
Angela McQueen Makeup Designer


Justine Cargo Co-Stage Manager
Andrea Miller Co-Stage Manager
John C J Murphy Production Manager
Rachel Parent Property Master
Michael Ross Albert Producer
Molison Farmer Storefront Producer