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Forget Me Not
By (author): Ronnie Burkett
9780369101570 Paperback, Trade English General Trade DRAMA / LGBT Jun 14, 2021
$19.95 CAD
Forthcoming 5.37 x 8.38 x 0.34 in | 1 gr 128 pages Photographs of original puppet designs. Playwrights Canada Press
Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play 2020, Nominated

Welcome to “The New Now,” a time in which written language has been forbidden and forgotten. Those who desire to have their love letters written and read must make a dangerous journey to the secret and illegal camp of She, the Keeper of the Lost Hand. Aided by the mysterious showman Me, She recounts how her past led her to be one of the last people able to read and write in cursive. The tandem tale of Zako Budaydos and His Dancing Bear illuminates the time of “The Before,” when the carnival performer had to rely on wit, love, and a secret coded language in order to survive.

Internationally renowned playwright and puppeteer Ronnie Burkett has once again created a fascinating and provocative world as a love letter for increasingly uncivilized times.

  • Ronnie was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2019.
  • Ronnie was fascinated at how cursive is disappearing from curriculums and began to think of it as a secret code.
  • The performance of Forget Me Not is completely immersive for the audience. Ronnie made 100 puppets over two years for each audience member to use.

Ronnie Burkett has been captivated by puppetry since the age of seven, and began touring his shows around Alberta at fourteen. Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes was formed in 1986, continuously playing on Canada’s major stages, and as a guest company on numerous tours abroad. Ronnie receive the 2009 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, the Herbert Whittaker Drama Bench Award for Outstanding Contribution to Canadian Theatre, a Village Voice OBIE Award, and four Citations of Excellence from the American Center of the Union Internationale de la Marionnette. He is based in Toronto.

Forget Me Not is funny, dark in nature, thoughtful, brooding and full of Burkett’s conscience and heart.” - Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter

“Burkett is a master puppeteer, his creations appear to have lives of their own, to breathe and feel, but he also is a master at pulling the strings of his audience.” - Drew Rowsome, My Gay Toronto

"It will likely move you in unexpected ways. The puppets are alive. The heartbreak, when it comes, is real."

- The Vancouver Sun

"Forget Me Not stands out most as an act of unconditional generosity."

- The Georgia Straight

"Forget Me Not is a meditation on love, loss, connectivity and a heartfelt reminder of the power and symbolism of the written word, especially words of love."

- Limelight Magazine, Australia

"The marriage of his passion, with the stories, with the themes, and with the audience encased in a performance event, is a joy to be part of."


Forget Me Not is lively and raucous and tender and also a deeply longing work—longing for connection, for communication, for love, for safety, for ritual, for comfort.” - S. Bear Bergman, Mooney on Theatre

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