Breath & Imagination

Breath & Imagination

By Daniel Beaty

Directed by Darko Tresnjak

Originally produced at Hartford Stage, Hartford, CT.

January 10, 2013 through February 9, 2013

About the Premiere Production

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.


Director: Darko Tresnjak

Set Design: David P. Gordon

Lighting Design: York Kennedy

Sound Design: Jane Shaw

Costume Design: Fabio Toblini

Cast: Jubilant Sykes, Kecia Lewis, Tom Frey


REVIEW: 'Breath and Imagination' a stirring story of song

The Middletown Press

February 3, 2013


A Tenor With ‘Breath and Imagination’- A Review of ‘Breath and Imagination,’ at Hartford Stage

The New York Times

January 25, 2013


Breath & Imagination: Hartford Stage

January 20, 2013