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Common Ground Theatre (CGT) will present the Off Broadway hit “CROWNS” April 16 – May 3, 2015, at The Educational Cultural Complex in San Diego. This exuberant gospel style musical by playwright Regina Taylor, is adapted from Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry’s book Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats.

CROWNS is a moving and celebratory musical play in which hats become a springboard for an exploration of African American history and identity as seen through the eyes of a young 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 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, embracing hats and their cultural significance as a part of her own fiercely independent identity.

“CROWNS” will be performed at the Educational Cultural Complex, 4343 Ocean View Blvd., San Diego, CA 92113, from April 17 – May 3, 2015. Regular performances will be Fridays and Saturdays, (April 17-18, 24-25, and May 1-2) at 7:00 P.M.; and Sundays (April 19, 26, and May 3) at 2:00 P.M. Ticket prices are $25 for General Admission; $20 for Students/Military/Seniors; and $15 for children age 12 and under.

For information and tickets, contact Common Ground Theatre at (619) 272-3209 or go to
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