Tuesday, May 12, 2009
See what F. Kathleen Foley of the Los Angeles Times has to say!:
"'Crowns,' a co-production of Ebony Repertory Theatre and the Pasadena Playhouse at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, serves as both bittersweet memorial of hard times past and rousing celebration of cultural renewal present.
The story centers on emotionally battered Yolanda (crystal-voiced Angela Wildflower Polk), a young Brooklyn girl sent to live with her grandmother in the South after her brother's murder. Yolanda's Mother Shaw (authoritative Paula Kelly), a devout churchgoing lady, tries to mend Yolanda's broken spirit by declaring, 'Our crown has already been bought and paid for. All we have to do is wear it.'
That quote, borrowed from James Baldwin, forms the thematic fulcrum of the play, which is broken up into segments emulative of various church services, with an emphasis on ritual -- wedding, funeral, baptism. "
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"Crowns" Original Painting ©2009 Synthia Saint James