X and Da Spirit (2023)
and Theatre Passe Muraille
Playwright: Donovan Hayden
Director: Rais Clarke-Mendes
Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace
February 4th, 2023 – February 11th, 2023
X is an unassuming Black man. That is until he encounters a mural beneath a bridge, where ‘da Spirit of the Struggle’ transmits the knowledge of Black resistance to him in an instant. Now he must find his place in the Struggle, guided by an artist, MC, who challenges X’s understanding of the movement and the personal consequences of activism.
This show is inspired by artist Donovan Hayden’s experiences during the massive Black Lives Matter protests that stretched around the globe since 2020, and his continued involvement in the movement. X and Da Spirit is a celebration of Toronto Blackness, resistance, and community through rap, dance, graffiti, music and spoken word. (passemuraille.ca)