Breath & Imagination
January 10 – February 9, 2013
By Daniel Beaty
Directed by Darko Tresnjak
Before Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson, there was Roland Hayes—the first world-renowned African-American classical vocalist. Born the son of a slave, Roland discovered his voice as a young boy singing spirituals in church. This play chronicles his amazing journey from a plantation in Georgia, to singing before kings and queens in Europe. Breath & Imagination explores the life of an American pioneer through words, movement, spirituals and classical music.
Roland Hayes recordings on iTunes
Roland Hayes recordings on Amazon
Afrocentric Voices in Classical Music
Videos: Roland Hayes Performance Videos on YouTube
Videos: Jubilant Sykes Performances on YouTube
Videos: Kecia Lewis-Evans Performances on YouTube
Videos: Daniel Beaty on YouTube
David P. Gordon
Breath and Imagination is generously supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.