When the Industrial Revolution swept across England in the 19th century, Luton’s hat industry was transformed.
This play, at its core, is about a group of guys attempting–not necessarily succeeding—to be open about who they are, what they’re afraid of, and how they might learn to move forward in a world that is moving forward with or without them.
Among the Goodman’s artistic priorities is the examination of history—particularly events that, despite their impact on society, have not traditionally found a place in textbooks or in the popular consensus of what is considered historically important.
The Jim Crow era. The great migration of blacks from Southern to Northern cities. The Harlem Renaissance. The Civil Rights Movement. The 20th century’s horrors, triumphs, stagnations and progress are the stuff of history books now.