We Were Here | Cheryl Foggo & Miranda Martini
Cheryl Foggo reads from her play John Ware Reimagined a meditation on the lives of John and Mildred Ware, with musical accompaniment by Miranda Martini.
Cheryl Foggo, a descendant of the 1910 Black pioneers of Alberta and Saskatchewan, has been published and produced extensively in multiple genres. Her play, John Ware Reimagined, won the 2015 Writers Guild of Alberta Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama and was produced most recently at Edmonton’s Workshop West Theatre Company in November, 2017. She received the Sondra Kelly Screenplay Award from the Writers Guild of Canada in 2013. In 2014 she co-produced Alberta’s first Black Canadian Theatre Series with Ellipsis Tree Collective Theatre Company. A long time student of African-North American history, she has a particular interest in disseminating the stories of Alberta’s Black pioneers. Cheryl is continuing her exploration of the life and roots of legendary Black cowboy John Ware in a new documentary with the National Film Board of Canada, scheduled for release early next year.
Miranda Martini is a musician and writer based in Calgary. Her writing has appeared in several local and national publications, and she won a Western Magazine Award for Best Emerging Writer for her article “Women in Charge” (Alberta Views Magazine, 2014). She performed in and co-wrote music for Cheryl Foggo’s play John Ware Reimagined, which had a successful second run at Edmonton’s Workshop West Theatre in November. When she’s not busy working as part of the communications team for the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University, she acts as lead musician for Calgary Queer Church and sings in and sits on the board for Blend Vocal, a women’s singing ensemble.