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Taproot Theatre’s production of ‘Crowns’ celebrates family, faith and ornate hats

“Crowns,” a celebration of family, faith and beautiful hats worn in church, runs from March 21 – April 28 at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.

Regina Taylor’s play is adapted from the book “Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats” by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry.

Marlette Buchanan and Bethanie Willis in “Crowns” at Taproot Theatre. Photo by John Ulman.

Gospel music and storytelling come together to surprise, delight and remind us all of the unique and diverse ways we express ourselves. When a young woman from Brooklyn struggles to find her place in the world, she is surrounded by a community of women that transcend place and time to infuse her with stories of faith, fortitude and pride.

“Crowns” is the Jewell Mainstage solo directorial debut for Faith Bennett Russell, a frequent actress on that stage. She has directed several productions for Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE and Studio East.

Taproot staff and cast members will host post-play discussions with audience members after every Wednesday performance and after the Midweek Matinee performances on March 27, April 4 (which is also the Intergeneration Matinee) and April 18.