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JH: Mechanics of a Legend

JH: Mechanics of a Legend

JH: Mechanics of a Legend

JH: Mechanics of a Legend

Thu, Feb 9 - Sat, Feb 18, 2017
  • August Wilson Center
  • $31.75 in advance | $36.75 day of
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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 team of artists join forces with theater making company, 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.

Directed by Anya Martin. Devised with Kyle Bostian, Tom Driscoll, Delana Flowers, Monteze Freeland, Anya Martin, Angela Baughman, Britton Mauk

Content: Recommended for high school and older. This show utilizes historical text containing racist language and depictions of brutality. The performance may also include a gun shot, fog, and strobe/bright lights.

Hiawatha Project is an original performance company that explores specific social questions through myth, free association, and movement.


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