Auditions: CROWNS

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by Regina Taylor

adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry

Directed by Kimberly Ridgeway

Music direction by Branice McKenzie


5 Black/African-American women, age 30-70

1 Black/African-American woman, to appear 17

1 Black/African-American man, age 30-50

Non-AEA only

see below for character descriptions


1 song, preferably gospel; plus 1 one (1) minute monologue. Total time 3 minutes. Bring sheet music in your key; an accompanist will be provided.


Auditions Sunday, February 23 and Monday, February 24 from 7-9pm

Callbacks Monday, March 2 from 7-10pm


Rehearsals begin June 1, 2020

Tech rehearsals June 27 – 28th and July 5 – 8th

Performances July 10-August 9 (preview July 9); Fri-Sat at 8 pm; Sun at 2 pm


All characters, except for Yolanda, play several characters as we move through the play.

Yolanda: Female, Black/African-American, 17. Headstrong young woman who has seen a lot growing up in Brooklyn, including the murder of her brother.

Mother Shaw: Female, Black/African-American, 50’s – 70’s, Wise, Patient. Has a rich history having experienced growing up in the segregated south.

Mabel: Female, Black/African-American , 50’s – 70’s, the most rigid of the 6 women. A Pastor’s wife, with a lot of sass and opinion.

Wanda: Female, Black/African-American 30’s – 50’s, a voice of reason. If she had a motto, it would be “Aim for Excellence”.

Velma: Female, Black/African-American 30’s – 50’s, the most flashy of the women. A self-proclaimed “Hat Queen”.

Jeanette: Female, Black/African-American, late 20’s – 40’s. Even-keeled, but will bring the sass when she needs to. An absorber of tradition.

Man: Male, Black/African-American, 30s – 50’s. Plays various characters including a preacher, a father, and a new groom.