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New York-based performers Richard Harrington and Chris Kauffman met in a clown workshop with David Shiner (Fool Moon, Cirque du Soleil) in 1997 and began to craft the unusual blend of comedy, absurdity, tragedy, geography and accordion music that eventually became the two-man team of Belgian cabaret singer Gustave and his associate Nhar. Harrington & Kauffman debuted their first Gustave and Nhar show, Motel California, in 1999, and followed it up with Nharcolepsy in 2002. Each of these shows toured for several years around North America and the world. In 2009 they developed and began to perform their third show, Cabaret Terrarium.

In 2016, with animator Mike Scott and musician Raiven Hansmann, Harrington & Kauffman completed their first animation project: Gustave and Nhar at Le Yeti Rouge.

(Note: Motel California started out with the name Hotel California, and for legal reasons related to a cease and desist order from attorneys for Don Henley, it is now called Motel California, after a brief period in which it was called The Show Formerly Known As.)


Richard Harrington (Gustave), when not working on Harrington & Kauffman shows with Chris, has written and performed in many plays in San Francisco (Y Theater, Exit Theatre) and New York (countless beloved venues in the Lower East Side that no longer exist, and most recently the Brick Theater and Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn). He has also toured his one-person show, Saving the Desert Tortoise, to fringe festivals in the Canadian prairie and performed it in New York at HERE Arts Center. He studied acting at the École Philippe Gaulier in London and Paris, with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, with the Saratoga International Theater Institute, and at Williams College.

Chris Kauffman (Nhar) lives in Orrtanna, PA, with Emily Windover and their three girls, Ruby, Phoebe, and Mia. He is a member of the Theatre faculty at Gettysburg College. Along with performing with Richard, he performed and directed theatre in NY; toured Brazil and Canada with contemporary dance company Dona Orpheline; and played a neurosurgeon in the feature film 1000-1: The Cory Weissman Story, fixing a subarachnoid hematoma caused by an arteriovenous malformation. He was co-director of The Greylock Theatre Project (with Emily Windover) for six seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Patricia Buckley (director). Besides Harrington and Kauffman's Motel California and Nharcolepsy, Ms. Buckley has directed for the Actors Shakespeare Company, Dixon Place, The Franklin Stage Company with various projects that have toured the Canadian Fringe, Piccolo Spoleto and Aspen Comedy Festivals. Ms. Buckley is a founding member of the three-woman physical comedy troupe Gams On The Lam, who performed their slapstick exploits in the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe. She was a collaborating performer and writer with acclaimed Minneapolis Theatre Company, Theatre de la Jeune Lune. New York performing credits include New York Theatre Workshop, Westbeth, Potomac Theatre Company and Primary Stages. Film and TV credits include Law & Order, Death of a President and Kabluey. Regional theater credits include Portland Center Stage, Portland Stage Company, Walnut Street Theatre, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse and The Berkshire Theatre Festival. Ms.Buckley is the writer and performer of Evolution, a solo show.

Kristi McKay (set designer) is a native central New Yorker with a rich and varied background in theater arts. She was the original resident costume designer for the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, NY, designing over 30 productions. In 1989 she moved to Syracuse and began a career in the Le Moyne College Theater Department. There she has served as costume designer, graphics designer, production manager, event planner and is currently the Manager of the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts. Kristi has also served as Executive Producer for Contemporary Theater of Syracuse, and toured internationally as the production stage manager for Gams on the Lam. Other production management credits include: Syracuse Irish Festival, Empire State Brewing and Music Festival, the Syracuse Blues Festival, and most notably, the City of Syracuse Sesquicentennial Celebration. Kristi serves as a judge for the Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMY's), and since 2004 has been a member of the board of directors for The Redhouse Arts Center.