Crowns 2002

Opened: November 13, 2002
Closing: January 05, 2003

Crowns - 2002 - Off-Broadway History , Info & More

Second Stage Theatre
307 West 43rd Street (at 8th Avenue) New York, NY

A moving and celebratory musical play in which hats become a springboard for an exploration of Black history and identity as 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 function. 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 and forward to the New Testament and current fashion. Some rap but predominantly gospel music and dance underscore and support the narratives. The conclusion finds the standoffish young woman, whose cultural identity as a young Black Brooklyn woman has been so at odds with the more traditional and older Southern Blacks, embrace hats and their cultural significance as a part of her own fiercely independent identity.

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Crowns - 2002 Off-Broadway Awards and Nominations

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Year Ceremony Category Nominee
2003 The Lortels Outstanding Choreographer Ronald K. Brown