- Currently In Development -


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.


Join us!

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 and Hiawatha Project premiered a workshop performance of JH: Mechanics of a Legend on April 2nd!

JH: Mechanics of a Legend performed to a packed house on April 2, 2015 at 8pm as part of the 2014/2015 Community Supported Art series sponsored by the New Hazlett Theater.  


Dance Alloy Studio Theater, Semptember 2011

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