It has been more than 40 years since Ntozake Shange made its Broadway debut at the Booth Theater with for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf… appeared. But can the show go to Broadway again? Following the production in the public theater in 2019, for colored girls… are looking forward to the broadcast on Broadway. They are yet to determine the date of the premiere!
For colored girls…
For colored girls… has a groundbreaking choreography. It combines spoken language and action to share the stories of seven anonymous women of color. Throughout the show, every woman has the opportunity to tell their life story. And how sexism and racism shape their life story. For girls of color… It premiered in the Public Theater in 1976, then moved to the Booth Theater on Broadway. The show was nominated for two Tony Awards including Best Drama.
Production and cast
Nelle Nugent, Ron Simons, and Kenneth Teaton will make works for girls of color who have considered suicide/when the rainbow appears on Broadway. More details including actors, creative team, venue, and performance dates will be announced separately. The cast in the Public Theater in 2019 consists of Sasha Allen (playing the lady in blue), Celia Chevalier (playing the brown lady), Danaya Esperanza (playing the orange lady), Jie May Lawson (as Lady in Red), Adriana C. Moore (as Lady in Yellow), Okwui Okpokwasili (as Lady in Green) and Alexandria Wailes (as Lady in Purple). In the 2019 comments on girls of color… are the incarnations of rainbows. That makes the show a true celebration of the rainbows of women who wear them.”
History and plot
For colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf… is Entozac Shange’s first work and the most acclaimed drama work. It premiered in 1976. As a choreographer. For colored girls… tells the story of seven women who were oppressed in a racist and sexist society. As a choreographer, this work is composed of 20 independent poems. They are arranged together with music, weaving interrelated stories of love, empowerment, struggle, and loss into complex expressions of sisterhood. Shange originally wrote the monologue as a separate poem in 1974. Her writing style is unique, often using vernacular language, unique structure and unorthodox punctuation to emphasize segmentation. Shange wants to write for girls of color…in a way that imitates the way real women speak. So that she can draw the reader’s attention to the experience of reading and listening.
Credits featured image – Ntozake Shange, Reid Lecture, Women Issues Luncheon, Women’s Center, November 1978
Credits: newyorktheatreguide.com, playbill.com