'Do You Remember Me?’ combined the clever wordplay of spoken word/slam poetry, and the energy of interpretive dance with the rhythm of neo-soul and gospel music for a unique dramatic presentation. Inspired by myths, stereotypes and painful truths connected to Black/African populations globally, ‘Do You Remember Me?’ featured intellectual, humorous, and heartrending dialogue between male and female characters of the past & present and culminated with a firm resolution to restore what had been lost to ensure a brighter future. The play was created when the pastor of a local Toronto church called for creative efforts to address challenging issues faced by members of his congregation. The piece was first presented before an audience of over 1000 people as a part of the church’s Black History Month celebrations in February 2012. In July, the presentation premiered in The 2012 Toronto Fringe Festival and was extended with three more shows by popular demand.
‘Do You Remember Me?’ was written by Greg Birkett. He is an award-winning poet, TDSB teacher, and recognized community educator (Governor-General Award for Teaching Excellence Finalist, 2011) and co-writer of "The Litany of the Gun" (co-written with Toronto Star columnist Royson James) which was performed at schools and community functions throughout the Greater Toronto Area. He has also written for the Toronto Star, and was featured in Sway Magazine due to his innovative approach to classroom teaching and education. Do You Remember Me’s cast is a collective of young, talented and established poets, actors, dancers, and singers. They include Nigel Hunter (co-developer and co-writer of Vision TV mini-series "Soul"), and dancer/choreographer Tricia Merraro (Dramatic-musical "Deep River", Toronto Centre for the Arts).
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See below for photos from the Premiere and Finale Shows!