In a free sneak preview on Sunday, No. 18, the director and actors from the play “Breath & Imagination” will make a special trip to Brookline to perform scenes from the play and discuss its drama. The play tells the story of Roland Hayes, who despite seemingly insurmountable odds, from a Georgia plantation rose to sing before kings and queens. A man of breathtaking courage and talent, Roland Hayes blazed the trail for classical singers like Marion Anderson. Brookline was Hayes’ home for almost fifty years.

The FREE sneak preview will take place on Sunday, Nov 18, 6 PM at United Parish, 210 Harvard St. Following the performance, light fare will be served.

“Breath and Imagination” is a co-production of the Lyric Stage and Front Porch Arts Collective, a new black-led theatre company committed to advancing racial equity.

Our goal is to encourage as diverse and big an audience as possible to enjoy this stirring play downtown.

  • everyone @ the sneak preview can buy discounted tickets ($20 off).
  • Low-income students in attendance are eligible for deeply discounted tickets. 

The Town’s Office of Diversity, together with Hidden Brookline, is hosting the evening. This program is made possible by generous grants from the Brookline Community Foundation and the Chobee Hoy Group. We are grateful to United Parish for their support of this event.


The New York Times wrote that the playwright, Daniel Beaty, “has done theatergoers a great service in bringing the outlines of Hayes’s exceptional story to the stage.”

When the play last came to Boston, WBUR wrote: “A winning, inspirational story of a man who found his freedom in song.”