March 5 – April 18, 2004 in Goodman's Albert Theatre

Around 1 hour and 46 minutes

The Goodman will come alive with the glorious sounds of Gospel music when Regina Taylor’s Crowns takes the stage! A tribute to the unique cultural phenomenon that fuses faith with fashion, Crowns is a celebration of black women and their church hats. Adapted from the bets-selling book of the same title, Crowns combines oral history, Gospel music and a generous dose of “hattitude” to extol the hat as the symbol of the pride, beauty and endurance of black women everywhere. As the New York Times exclaimed at the play’s off-Broadway premiere, “Hats off to Crowns!”

 

 
Artists

Written and Directed by REGINA TAYLOR. Adapted from the Book Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats by MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM and CRAIG MARBERRY, Choreography by DIANNE MCINTYRE

In association with ALLIANCE THEATRE and ARENA STAGE

Cast

JOHN STEVEN CROWLEY - Preacher / Man
DESIRÉ DUBOSE 
- Yolanda
TINA FABRIQUE 
- Mother Shaw
GAIL GRATE 
-Wanda
E'MARCUS HARPER - Piano
KARAN KENDRICK - Jeanette
BARBARA D. MILLS - Mabel
BERNARDINE MITCHELL - Velma
DAVID PLEASANT - Percussion / Traps / Guitar / Harmonica / Additional Arrangements
NIKKIELI DEMONE - Understudy
PENELOPE WALKER - Understudy

Creative Team and Crew

RICCARDO HERNÁNDEZ - Set Design
EMILIO SOSA - Costume and Hat Design
SCOTT ZIELINSKI - Lighting Design
DARRON L. WEST - Soundscape
WILLIAM F. HUBBARD - Music Direction and Additional Arrangements
LINDA TWINE - Original Arrangements
MEGAN MONAGHAN - Dramaturg
PAT A. FLORA - Production Stage Manager
ANJALI BIDANI - Stage Manager