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X and Da Spirit ()

Produced by

Deconstruction Productions

Presented by

The Toronto Fringe Festival

Playwright: Donovan Hayden
Director: Rais Clarke-Mendes


Aki Studio


July 6th, 2022 – July 17th, 2022

Awards & Nominations

Patron’s Pick


‘X’, an unassuming Black man, encounters ‘da spirit of the struggle’, an entity that transmits the knowledge of Black resistance through a mural in Toronto. Having received centuries of knowledge in seconds, he must find his role while learning the personal consequences of activism.

The show is a celebration of Toronto Blackness and activism using rap, dance, spoken word, and graffiti. Come feel “da spirit” with us. (


Donovan Hayden X
Trinity Lloyd MC

Creative Team

Donovan Hayden Playwright
Rais Clarke-Mendes Director
Mohamed Ahmed Sound Designer
Chris Leal Set Designer
Emily Pople Lighting Designer


Nilanka Nisalagel Stage Manager
Brendan McMurtry-Howlett Producing Mentor
Jan Cruz Social Media
Jan Cruz Marketing