The play “Crowns” debuts at the Essential Theatre

Florida A&M’s Essential Theatre and Lyceum Series is showcasing the gospel infused play, “Crowns.”

Adapted from “Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats” a book of photography by Michael Cunningham, playwright Regina Taylor brings the story to life on the stage.

This production gives a multifaceted look into churchwomen and their hats. The play delves deeper into the lives of six black women whose hats symbolize their strengths and their history.

“It’s filled with music, dance and storytelling,” said the director of “Crowns” Valencia E. Matthews Ph.D. ” I feel that we will get an audience that will appreciate it.”

Lililita Forbes, 31, St. Martin, Netherlands Antilles plays the character Wanda, one of the six women who assists Yolanda, played by sophomore Chelsea Williams, 20, theater student from Miami.

“I think it’s going to be a treat for the audience,” said Forbes

“The play will draw the audience in with African tradition of adorning ones self with hats,” said Christian-Joy Demeritt, 26, a theater student from Miramar.

Demeritt plays Velma the funeral director.

“Crowns” will be playing in Lee Hall Feb. 26th – 28th. Friday at 7:30p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 :30 p.m., & Sunday at 2 p.m.

The first 450 tickets will be available to FAMU students free of charge with a rattler card. These tickets will be available at the University Commons.

For more information call 850-561-2425.