Recently, I attended a play about hats, to specify, hats that were predominately worn by African-American women in church. The play was titled 'Crowns' directed by Regina Taylor. This play has been around for at least eight years. I'm implying when I say that 'Crowns" is successful due to the number of years it has been around. The play Crowns was a mixture of this era and two generations before this era. 'Crowns' is based on the book Crowns: Portraits of black women in church hats by Michael Cunningham. These hats were these people's lives and their children and their grand children's lives. The hats are their crowns that they wear proudly. This play has many different stories from different perspectives.
'Crowns' was played at The Murphy Fine Arts Center at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, 2011. The main characters of 'crowns' are Wanda, Jeanette, Velma, Yolanda, Mother Shaw, Mabel, and a man who is not named. The play opened up with a music scene that was African themed. There were drums beating in the background and a man with a stick in African clothing walking around in the opening scene. After that children in modern-day clothing came out walking around as well. A girl came to the center stage and started speaking. She is from Brooklyn, NY, and has move to South Carolina with her grandmother named Mother Shaw. The name of the girl is Yolanda and she has seen tragedy her brother was shot and killed in New York. Yolanda is welcomed by women of the community.