Crowns written by Regina Taylor, was inspired by a coffee table book, written by Craig Marberry and illustrated by photographer Michael Cunningham.
Taylor's play centers around Yolanda, a young and proud woman from Brooklyn, New York who after her brother is killed gets sent to South Carolina to live with Mother Shaw, her grandmother. In South Carolina, she is warmly welcomed into a circle of women and their hats. Yolanda learns that hats are everywhere and there is a hat for every occasion.
Through the exquisite variety of the hats, the characters use them to tell tales concerning everything from the etiquette of hats to their historical and contemporary social functioning. Through the history, music and aesthetics imported by her elders, Yolanda discovers and embraces hats and their cultural significance as a part of her own fiercely independent identity.
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Crowns of Distinction Celebration
The celebration will include a series of events that will support and promote
the production of Crowns
These events include:
- Celebrity Hat Auction Series - Hats from local and national celebrities will be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting an organization for cancer patients
- First Ladies Night
- The first ladies of select churches will attend with their congregation and attend a reception after the show.
- Crowns Book Signings with author and playwright
- Talk Back Sessions with playwright and director
- Hat Shows and Parties (March and April)