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Crowns

Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through Sept. 23

Yolanda's older brother has just been slain on the streets of Brooklyn by a random act of violence. Before she can fully process the murder, her mother ships her off to family in South Carolina in hopes of saving at least one child. The transition is jarring, to say the least. Yolanda doesn't understand country living or the culture of the South, and she certainly doesn't understand her relatives' fascination with hats. But for this older, more religious generation, chapeaus are both a sartorial expression of style and grace and an absolute necessity if you're going to church — and you are going to church. As Yolanda begins to know her relatives — especially her grandmother, Mother Shaw — she learns about dressing well, history and her own culture. And with that knowledge comes the realization that you earn as much pride as you give yourself. The Black Rep throws open the doors on its 42nd season with Regina Taylor's play Crowns. Performances take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (September 7 to 23) at Washington University's Edison Theatre (6445 Forsyth Boulevard; www.theblackrep.org). Tickets are $15 to $45, and now more than ever, dress to impress on opening night. $15-$45

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Edison Theatre (map)
6445 Forsyth Blvd.
Clayton
phone 314-935-6543
Crowns

A Hatful of Rain

Sat., Sept. 29, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
phone 314-596-1219
meyerhel1962@charter.net

A Hatful of Rain, the award-winning play about the devastation of opioid addiction on individuals and families, will be performed by the Slaying Dragons theatrical troupe on Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29, at The Chapel. A Hatful of Rain by playwright Michael V. Gazzo is a medically and sociologically accurate account of the effects of morphine on an addict and his family. The blunt depiction of drug addiction in the play and in a subsequent film was a rarity for its time. . The 1956 play and the 1957 movie won many awards. $15 & $20

https://www.slayingdragons.org/
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The Chapel (map)
6238 Alexander Dr
Clayton A Hatful of Rain

The Laramie Project

Starts Oct. 11. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8-10 p.m. and Sundays, 2-4 p.m. Continues through Oct. 21
phone 314-721-9228
tickets@placeseveryone.org

Presented by Clayton Community Theatre. This play dramatizes the reaction to the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, one of the pivotal crimes in the history of LGBTQ awareness in the United States. On October 7, 1998 Matthew Shepard was discovered bound to a fence in the hills outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die. CCT is proud to present this important work on the 20th anniversary of Matthews death. $15-$25

http://www.placeseveryone.org
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Emily Brown and the Thing

Sat., March 9, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-5 & 5-6 p.m. and Sun., March 10, 1-2 & 5-6 p.m.
phone 314-725-6555
mmack@cocastl.org
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Tall Stories, an audience favorite from the United Kingdom, brings us a magical, musical show, Emily Brown & The Thing, based on the much-loved book by Cressida Cowell (How to Train your Dragon) and Neal Layton. One evening, Emily Brown and her old grey rabbit Stanley hear a Thing crying outside their window. He just can’t get to sleep. Emily Brown and Stanley set off on incredible adventures to help the Thing get some rest! Tall Stories has become internationally recognized for its exciting blend of storytelling theatre, original music and lots of laughs. AGES 3+ $14 - $18

https://www.cocastl.org/event/emily-brown-the-thing/
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Center of Creative Arts (COCA) (map)
524 Trinity Ave.
Delmar/ The Loop
phone 314-725-6555
Emily Brown and the Thing
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