Story by Karen Hawkins, courtesy of Rebellious:
When playwright/director Regina Taylor was approached about bringing the book “Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats” to the stage more than a decade ago, her research took her across the ocean to Africa, where she traced the roots of not just women’s elaborate head coverings, but the sights, sounds and dance of the African-American church.
And a gospel musical was born.
Taylor celebrates the 10th anniversary production of that musical this summer at the Goodman Theatre, where she is an artistic associate. She’s directing the show, which runs from June 30 to Aug. 5.
The Dallas native recently moved to Chicago and decided to incorporate the fabric of her new home into this year’s production, moving the main character from Brooklyn to Englewood, Chicago’s most violent neighborhood, and by working with local artists, students and activists.
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