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X and Da Spirit ()

Produced by

b current 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. (


Donovan Hayden X
Trinity Lloyd MC

Creative Team

Donovan Hayden Playwright
Rais Clarke-Mendes Director
Chris Leal Set Designer
Chris Leal Muralist
Miquelon Rodriguez Sound Designer
Jacob Lin 林鴻恩 Lighting Designer


Scotia Cox Stage Manager
Brendan McMurtry-Howlett Producing and Artistic Mentor
Donovan Hayden Producer
Courage Bacchus Deaf Interpreter
Robert Haughton Deaf Interpreter
Dr. Jenelle Rouse Deaf Community Consultant
Kimberley Johnson ASL Interpreter
Aneesa Mustafa ASL Interpreter
Katherine Teed-Arthur Stagehand
Mitchell Ayres Crew
John Cabanela Crew
Frank Incer Crew
Ian Kelly Crew
Van Ward Crew
Amber Pattison Crew
Evelyn Rensing Crew
Nicholas Simmons Crew
Leighton Smith Crew
Katherine Teed-Arthur Crew


David Fisher Venue Technician
Jonathan Rooke Production Manager
Nicole Eun-Ju Bell Assistant Production Manager