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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf
a Choreopoem
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA MUSICAL


COMPANY : Theatre Arts Guild
VENUE : Georgia Perimeter College - Marvin Cole Auditorium
ID# 2111

SHOWING : February 02, 2007 - February 11, 2007

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf was first staged in 1974 in a woman's bar, and two years later became nationally known when it was produced on Broadway at the Booth Theatre. It is a choreopoem - a work written in poetic form but performed by an ensemble onstage - written by Ntozake Shange. It is a blend of narrative, poetry, and dancing performed by seven women and it explores themes of sexism, racism, and poverty.

It is performed very simply, without props and with minimal scenery. It ranges from darkly funny to heartbreaking.

The cast is simple: Lady in Brown, Lady in Yellow, Lady in Purple, Lady in Red, Lady in Green, Lady in Blue, and Lady in Orange. The characters are all nameless to emphasize the idea that universal experience is being explored - while the stories themselves are highly individual, the intent of the piece is to draw the viewer's attention to the spectrum (hence the rainbow motif) of experiences that befall black women.

Despite the darkness of the material explored, the tone of the piece is one of positivity, growth, self-sufficiency, and beauty amidst sadness. for colored girls is very much accessible to anyone, no matter their own life - the writing and the stories are accessible no matter the experiences of the viewer. It is inspirational and moving, and its message may be summed up in its last line: "i found god in myself & i loved her fiercely."


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Jeff McKerley
Lady in Green Aquaya Lebron
Lady in Brown Cheryl Rookwood
Lady in Orange Ardale Shepard
Lady in Red Otise Iman Smith
Lady in Purple Nico Ward
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