A Hiawatha Project Original Play
Directed by Anya Martin
Devised by Kyle Bostian, Tom Driscoll, Delana Flowers, Monteze Freeland, and Anya Martin with Angela Baughman and Britton Mauk.
JH: MECHANICS OF A LEGEND
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, tells of the mighty railroad man who races a steam drill until his heart bursts, leaving his fabled hammer to his great love, Polly Ann.
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 joins 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.