Crowns

Crowns

By: Regina Taylor

Adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry

Directed and choreographed by Patdro Harris

Music Direction by Chika Ma’atunde

SHOW DATES:

March 13 – April 7

Wednesday – Friday, Mar 13 – 15: Preview performances. Tickets just $19!

Saturday, Mar 16: Opening Night – Tickets – $75. All Opening Night patrons are invited to the post-show reception with the cast, creative team and crew.

Wednesday, Mar 20: ASL Interpreted Performance – Tickets – $25. 

ABOUT

Portland Playhouse garnered much acclaim for its musicals with successes such as A Light in the PiazzaBloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, and most recently, ScarletCrowns brings the musical experience back to the Playhouse stage in a big way. A female driven cast tells the story of Yolanda, a young woman transplanted from Brooklyn to South Carolina following a family tragedy. There she meets a circle of women who share with her the history, the importance, the power of the hat.Crowns is a not-to-be-missed celebration of song, dance, cultural history—and glamorous headwear. 

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PRESS

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

  • "Rich and beautiful." - Chicago Tribune

CAST

Wanda/Oshun: Ithica Tell*

Jeanette/Yemaya: Julana Torres*

Velma/Oya: Shalanda Sims*

Yolonda/Ogun: Kelli Bee

Mother Shaw/Obatala: Marilyn Keller

Mabel/Shango: Kristin Robinson 

Man/Elegba: Andre Neal

Percussionist: Rob Smith

Keyboards/Conductor: Chika Kaba Ma’atunde

Understudy – Yolanda: Netty McKenzie+

Understudy – Man: DJ Curtis+

CREATIVE TEAM

Playwright: Regina Taylor

Director/Choreographer: Patdro Harris

Music Director: Chika Kaba Ma’atunde

Stage Manager: David Levine*

Costume Designer: Wanda Walden

Scenic Designer: Dan Meeker

Lighting Designer: Dan Meeker

Sound Designer: Matt Wiens

Props Co-Designers: Sara Ludeman, Alex Meyer

Asst. Director: Reina Solunaya

Asst. Director: DJ Curtis

Asst Stage Manager: Rachel Lee Millena+

Master Electrician: Jeff Ruggiero

Sound Engineer: Rory Breshears

Scenic Artist: David Pritchard

Appears as courtesy of Actor's Equity

Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company Member

Former Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company Member

Thank you to our Show Sponsors

The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation
Karen Fink
Carla Kelley & Andy Asher 

Our work is supported by Oregon Cultural Trust.

Thanks to the Regional Arts & Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Multnomah County and the Arts Education & Access Fund.

Portland Playhouse receives support from the Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the State of Oregon and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Interested in Getting Involved?

We are always looking for volunteers as well as apprentices, crew members and corporate partnerships.

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