Faith Bennett Russell will direct Taproot Theatre’s production of Crowns by Regina Taylor, adapted from the book Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry. This “delightfully celebratory” (New York Times) play weaves song and story into a transformative journey through a family’s history. Single tickets are available online at taproottheatre.org, by phone 206.781.9707 or in person at 204 N 85th St.
Discounts are available for groups of 8 or more by calling 206.781.9708 or by visiting taproottheatre.org/group-sales.
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.
Bennett Russell makes her Jewell Mainstage solo directorial debut, following her co-direction of Paula Vogel’s A Civil War Christmas with Taproot Theatre’s Associate Artistic Director, Karen Lund. Bennett Russell has directed The Lion King, Hairspray, Godspell, 13 the Musical and Footloose for Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE and Into the Woods, Seussical the Musical and Once On This Island for Studio East.
The cast features Bretteney Beverly (Taproot Theatre’s A Charlie Brown Christmas) as Wanda, Marlette Buchanan (Village Theatre’s Newsies) as Mabel, Tracy Michelle Hughes (New Century’s Bright Half Life) as Mother Shaw, Kristen Natalia (Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Clybourne Park) as Velma, Vincent “VJ” Orduña as Man, Be Russell (Taproot Theatre’s Godspell) as Jeanette and Bethanie Willis (Village Theatre’s Dreamgirls) as Yolanda.
Following Crowns is Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan playing May 16 – June 23, 2018. Karen Lund directs.
SPECIAL DATES FOR THE AUDIENCE
Post-Play Discussions: TTC staff and cast members will join the audience to discuss the play and its production process. Post-play discussions are held after every Wednesday performance and after the Midweek Matinee performances on March 27 at 2:00 PM (limited availability), April 4 at 10:30 AM and April 18 at 2:00 PM.
Pay What You Can (PWYC): March 28 at 7:30 PM; a limited number of $10 tickets are available at noon, tickets may be purchased in person or by phone (card fees may apply). Beginning at 5:00 PM, tickets are name-your-own-price; these tickets may be purchased in person only. Limit 4 tickets per person. Seating for PWYC performances is General Admission,
there is no reserved seating. If you have accessible seating needs please call the Box Office directly.
Intergenerational Matinee: April 4 at 10:30 AM (guided post-play discussion); With $10 student/chaperone tickets, play guides and a guided post-play discussion, our Intergenerational Matinee enhances student education, providing theatre as a tool and springboard for learning, growth and communication.
Senior Matinees: March 27 (post-play discussion, limited availability) & April 18 (post-play discussion) at 2:00 PM; Our Senior Matinee program provides anyone aged 62 and older with an affordable way to participate in live theatre in convenient daytime performance.