A moving and celebratory musical play in which hats become a springboard for an exploration of Black history and identity is seen through the eyes of a young black woman who has come down South to stay with her aunt after her brother is killed in Brooklyn.
Hats are everywhere, in exquisite variety, and the characters use the hats to tell tales concerning everything from the etiquette of hats to their historical and contemporary social functioning. There is a hat for every occasion, from flirting to churchgoing to funerals to baptisms, and the tradition of hats is traced back to African rituals and slavery to the New Testament and current fashion.
By Regina Taylor
Adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry
Directed by Terra Hodge
Thanks to our show sponsor, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Images courtesy of Areon Mobasher Photography. Read more about the importance of hats in African-American culture in Yolanda Rabun’s blog for ArtsNow. Enter our “Crowns” photo contest by July 30 for a chance to have your portrait made and receive free tickets and a restaurant gift certificate.
There will be a post-show discussion after the performance on Sunday, August 27 co-sponsored by the African American Cultural Center of NC State University.
Tickets available now. Buy them online or from the box office at 919-821-3111. Group sales are also available from the box office.
Crowns is part of the RLT Sutton Series.
Ticket prices (including taxes):
- Adults: $28
- Students/Seniors: $24
- First Sunday: $15 for all
Seniors are age 62 and up. Students are through college.
- Mother Shaw
- Lynette Barber
- India Williams
- Ivy Annam
- Aya Wallace
- Latoya Smith
- Chelsey Moore
- Joshua Johnson
All performances are wheelchair accessible.
Assistive listening devices are available for all performances. A hearing loop has also been installed in the Cantey V. Sutton Theatre.
Audio description for those with visual disabilities is provided by Arts Access. The Sunday, September 3 performance at 3pm will be described.