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Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not

By Ronnie Burkett
Subjects: 2SLGBT / Queer Theatre, Ontario Playwrights, Romance, Puppets & Puppetry
Casting: 1 m
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369101570, 104 pages, August 2022
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369101594, 250 pages, August 2022
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369101587, 250 pages, August 2022


  • Nominated, Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play 2020


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.


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

- Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter

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

- The Vancouver Sun

"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 stands out most as an act of unconditional generosity."

- The Georgia Straight

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

"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

“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