Before the inspiring voices of Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson, there was an African-American tenor named Roland Hayes. This musical tale of faith, hope, and family traces a remarkable journey from rural Georgia to Carnegie Hall and Buckingham Palace.

Breath and Imagination

February 14 - March 9, Allen Theatre

written by Daniel Beaty
directed by May Adrales

Runtime:
approx. 90 minutes, no intermission

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Elijah Rock as Roland Hayes in the Cleveland Play House production of Breath and Imagination in the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square, February 14 - March 9. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. Elijah Rock as Roland Hayes in the Cleveland Play House production of Breath and Imagination in the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square, February 14 - March 9. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. Left to right: Tom Frey, Elijah Rock, and Daphne Gaines in the Cleveland Play House production of Breath and Imagination in the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square, February 14 - March 9. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. Elijah Rock as Roland Hayes in the Cleveland Play House production of Breath and Imagination in the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square, February 14 - March 9. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. Left to right: Tom Frey, Daphne Gaines, and Elijah Rock in the Cleveland Play House production of Breath and Imagination in the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square, February 14 - March 9. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. Left to right: Tom Frey, Elijah Rock, and Daphne Gaines in the Cleveland Play House production of Breath and Imagination in the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square, February 14 - March 9. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. Tom Frey in the Cleveland Play House production of Breath and Imagination in the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square, February 14 - March 9. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. Daphne Gaines as Angel Mo' in the Cleveland Play House production of Breath and Imagination in the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square, February 14 - March 9. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. Left to right: Daphne Gaines, Tom Frey, and Elijah Rock in the Cleveland Play House production of Breath and Imagination in the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square, February 14 - March 9. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni. Left to right: Tom Frey, Elijah Rock, and Daphne Gaines in the Cleveland Play House production of Breath and Imagination in the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square, February 14 - March 9. Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni.
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...a show well worth seeing!

- BroadwayWorld.com, Cleveland, OH

...simply breathtaking... enough to make this critic stand, clap her hands and say, 'Amen.'

- The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH

This was one of our most favorite shows from this season. The performances of more all three characters was outstanding.

- JGS, Canton

I have been a season ticket holder for many years at the Playhouse on Euclid more Avenue as well as at Playhouse Square. Breath and Imagination is the absolute BEST show I have ever seen there. All cast members gave outstanding performances - enthusiastic, engaging, heartfelt.

- GC, Parma Hts

Humanity at its best.

- JL, Cleveland

Fantastic, mesmerizing, superb singing and acting--overall the best of this season.

- Oravecz. Michael&Linda, Akron

Excellent production. Very interesting story. GREAT music. Cast was excellent. Great to see a local more come back as a success and do it so well.
















- LK, Willoughby

WHAT A TREAT! I did not expect to hear such beautiful voices in this production, more and the very moving story about Roland Hayes really touched me. I was moved to tears at times, and when I realized this young actor was a Cleveland native I was even more proud. I felt truly enriched by attending this show. Thank you!

- Ros C, Cleveland Hts., OH

We thoroughly enjoyed this performance. We had no idea who Roland Hayes was, but now more we do. So, thank you

- Vicki and Bob, Mentor

Three of the most talented people together on stage at the same time that you more will ever see, telling an important story for everyone to see, hear and understand. Beautiful set, lighting and special effects compliment the amazing performances by all.

- KB, Richfield, OH

A beautiful, moving experience. Set and lighting design were excellent. I'm so glad more I saw this.

- Judy K, Willoughby

We were blown away by this powerful production....superb voices and moving interpretation.... not to more be missed! Talent like Elijah's is one in a million.

- KLH, Cleveland Hts

This show was amazing. I was on my feet for the standing "O" before more the last note. The actors were incredible singers. This is a don't miss performance.

- MFM, Shaker Heights

An extremely good performance by all 3 very talented cast members. Eric (Elijah Rock) has more an amazing career ahead of him. Loved it!

- Carol P., Shaker Heights

Great! What a voice he had and when the two sang together they harmonized more so well. It was a joy to hear the music and learn about the life of this person and his challenges he faced and overcame.

- LWorden, Elyria

BEST show of the season! We loved it! Great talent and contribution to Black History more Month. The biography was a great learning and entertainment experience.

- J & C Dunstan, Wadsworth

WOW! A magnificent story told in a powerful way. Elijah Rock was outstanding in more the role of Roland Hayes. The supporting cast added humor, depth and color to this moving story. I highly recommend this play!

- SH, Broadview Heights

Go see this play. You will be moved and inspired. Every seat should be filled. more

- Mike K. , Cleveland Heights

Fantastic! My teens and I saw this play and were amazed by the talent more and by the inspiring story! We are so glad we decided to go!

- DD, Aurora

Truly spell - binding voices. Awesome performances!

- Connie S., Shaker Hts

Breath and Imagination left us breathless. Fantastic voice. Powerful story. This is a MUST SEE! more

- CMH, Middleburg Hts.

A wonderful show. This should be a sell out for every performance.

- MFK , Cleveland Hts

Extraordinary script, marvelous talented 3 actor cast, worth seeing again. Bravos and kudos to everyone more associated with this production. Superb singing!

- Joe N. , Mayfield Heights

WOW! What a fantastic show. I loved it. The three actor/singers are wonderful. Go TO more THE SHOW!!!




- MarkI, Euclid

Excellent performance by all! What voices!

- Shy, Strongsville

The audience received a theater experience unlike any other - true vocal artistry - a more gift from 3 very talented actors. Thank you

- Marcia, Copley

It was one of the most riveting performances I have ever experience in more than more 50 years of going to the theatre. The voices were extraordinary. The acting and story were compelling. What can I say more to encourage everyone to see this wonderful production. My wife and I left it emotionally drained but throughly satisfied.

- Spencer Neth, Cleveland Heights

Excellent show! Angel Mo and Roland were an inspiring family. Beautiful, acting and singing, filled more my heart and soul with gratitude. Thank you for a lovely and memorable production.

- MR, Chardon

Powerful, spiritual, moving . I loved it . great theater and great voices.

- I.p., Westlake

A tour de force for Elijah Rock, and the other two cast members did a more terrific job as well. I was definitely gripped by the music and emotion of the play.

- JFWS, Cleveland Heights

Unbelievable production. From beginning to end a joy to see and hear. Compelling story paired more with talent and voices that are bound to leave you with nothing but praise.

- JH, Chagrin Falls

I loved this play. It is the best so far. This is an authentic, wonderful more play. Music and acting are wonderful. Thank you.

- Susan S., Shaker Heights


...a show well worth seeing!

- BroadwayWorld.com, Cleveland, OH

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