Breath & Imagination

Breath & Imagination

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.

All photos by T. Charles Erickson


Set Designer
David P. Gordon

Costume Designer
Fabio Toblini

Lighting Designer
York Kennedy

Sound Designer
Jane Shaw


Roland Hayes
Jubilant Sykes

Angel Mo’
Kecia Lewis

The Accompanist
Tom Frey


Principal Sponsor

Production Sponsor

Production Sponsors

The Seedlings Foundation

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.

Restaurant Partner