A moving and celebratory musical play in which hats become a springboard for an exploration of black history and identity as seen through the eyes of a young black 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.
Obatala -- Orisha of wisdom -- creativity
Shango -- Orisha of fire -- red and white
Oya -- Orisha of storms -- purple
Oshun -- Orisha of rivers and water -- gold and water
Yemaya -- Orisha of seas -- blue
Ogun -- green and red
Orisha of crossroads -- red and black
Official Logo Pack
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Official Show Artwork
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Includes 1 Piano/Conductor Book, 1 Director’s Script and 1 Cast Script/ Vocal Book shipped as soon as payment is received.
Additional books (Cast Script / Vocal, Piano / Conductor, etc.) are available.
Extra Rehearsal Weeks
If you need your full set of production materials prior to the regularly scheduled shipment (see above), you can request additional weeks.
$100 / week
Adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry