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.
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.