JH:MECHANICS OF A LEGEND
A young black veteran of the Union Army, caught in the confusion and fury of a nation still battling itself...
The legend of John Henry, the only African American tall tale character is not just a myth, he was a real man and the truth of his story is rooted in the dawn of a new nation and the American machine age.
His legacy left to us in song by early American minstrels and echoed today by Harry Belafonte, Johnny Cash, and Bruce Springsteen - the mighty railroad man, John Henry, races a steam drill to his death and leaves his fabled hammer to Polly Ann, his mysterious lover.
JH: Mechanics of a Legend melds the language of mechanics, century old ballads and primary historical records to explore the legend of John Henry. A diverse group of local artists join forces with Anya Martin of Hiawatha Project to measure the myth, the man, and the machine, revealing a poetic and dangerous truth inside the machinations of history, rooted in the economics of slavery.
JH: Mechanics of a Legend will have a work in progress presentation for one night only as a part of the New Hazlett's CSA Series on April 2nd 2015 at 8pm. Please come and be a part of the artistic conversation after the show and shape this compelling new work. Purchase tickets here!
Anya Martin, Artistic Director of Hiawatha Project, is pleased to announce the acceptance of JH: Mechanics of a Legend into the 2014/2015 Community Supported Art series sponsored by the New Hazlett Theater.
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