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Jan 27 - Feb 08, 2015


REVIEW - The Boston Globe

"Breath & Imagination’ gives voice to a remarkable life"


REVIEW - WBUR's "The Artery"

"supberb...Hayes' name should be unspoken no more."
"Boundless charm"
"[Daniel Beaty] lovingly restores [Roland Hayes]’s artistic luster with this winning, inspirational story of a man who never bowed to his nation’s entrenched bigotry, and found his freedom in song."

REVIEW – The White Rhino Report

"Gorgeous in its vision and flawless in its execution."
"Run until you are out of breath to catch a performance of this life-changing production of "Breath & Imagination." It will put a song in your heart and a spring in your step, as well as a fire in your soul.”
“Years from now, when people talk about this play and this particular production, you will want to be able to answer in the affirmative when they ask you: "Were you there?"
"Beaty compels us to look deeply at our present circumstances and inspires us to dream - as did Mr. Hayes and Dr. King and many others - of a future in which racism need not be an impediment to artistic aspiration and virtuoso levels of accomplishment. "

 

REVIEW - Boston Event Insider

"Actors are amazing in bringing to life Roland Hayes's story with music, humor, and sensitivity."

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REVIEW - South Shore Critic

"Exceptional"
"ArtsEmerson's latest offering has deep and broad Boston roots"

REVIEW - NE Theatre Geek

"Thank the great goodness that there’s Breath & Imagination to educate the masses."
"(Elijah Rock} was an entertaining character, an inspiring artist, and a gracious host...humbled by the range and dedication Mr. Rock displayed."
"Mr. Hayes is a part of our history we should remember for always."


REVIEW - ArtsFuse

"A realistic, moving, and very revealing take on what it means to be a black artist in America, both then and now."

REVIEW –Entertainment Monthly

"Given the events that occurred recently across the United States involving the same unjust motifs of American history, the reminder cannot come at a better time. Therefore, Breath and Imagination is a must-see."
"Will take your breath away!"

REVIEW –The Schiller Institute

"A beautiful story"
"The audience was visibly moved by this play, many to tears"


PREVIEW - The Boston Globe

"We are trying to put the audience in a space where they can move from 'I can't breathe' to breath and imagination."

PREVIEW - The Patriot Ledger

"[Roland Hayes] stood on the side of peace and healing...He used breath and imagination not just as singing technique, but as a metaphor for life."


ELIJAH ROCK SINGS "MAKE THEM HEAR YOU" AT 2015 FIRST NIGHT BOSTON


 

ELIJAH ROCK SINGS THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AT THE STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS


BOSTON GLOBE: A WARM WELCOME TO BREATH & IMAGINATION


Info

  • Location: Emerson/Paramount Center Mainstage
  • Created: Daniel Beaty
  • Directed by: David Dower
  • Produced by: ArtsEmerson
  • Ages: 12+
  • Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission