Institute History

  • 2002 Theatre Lab


A feisty and affectionate tribute to the unique cultural phenomenon that fuses faith and fashion, Crowns is a stand-up-and-be-counted celebration of black women in their church hats. Adapted from the best-selling book of the same name and inspired by its stunning portraiture, Crowns pays homage to a cherished African American custom through riveting oral histories, gospel-driven music, and a generous dose of "hattitude."

Crowns was commissioned by McCarter Theatre, where it will receive its premiere in the fall of 2002, followed by a production at Second Stage Theatre in New York.

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