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for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

1 July, 2018

by Ntozake Shange
arranged by Emanita Bailey

This special year-end playreading will be performed in the garden of GEDS member David Lewis.

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf tells the stories of seven women who have suffered oppression and abuse in a racist, sexist society. Their stories are interwoven as they reflect on what it means to be women of colour, what chances and choices they have. Abused and angry, driven to the brink of despair, they nonetheless find strength in each other and in music.

Though written from black women's points of view, the situations depicted are those experienced by women throughout the world.

The play is told as a choreopoem: an innovative combination of poetry, drama, music, and dance. This form was directly inspired by the playwright’s development of her identity as a woman through words, song, and literature and of her discovery of her African identity through dance. Ntozake Shange’s acclaimed theatre piece has been adapted as a book, a television film, and as a theatrical film. The 1976 Broadway production was nominated for a Tony Award.

This event is free for members and non-members. You are welcome to arrive from 17:00, and do bring food to have your picnic. The reading will begin at 17:30. There will be a bar where you can buy drinks. Bring something to sit on in the garden.

Venue

David Lewis' garden in Ferney Voltaire, 22 rue de Genève, Tel: +33 450 40 52 92

The rue de Genève is part of the road which goes through Ferney-Voltaire in a straight line from Geneva and the tunnel under the airport towards Gex.

At the big roundabout after the douane coming from Geneva, take the exit marked "Centre Ville", with the Buffalo Grill on your left. That is rue de Genève.

Number 22 is on the left of this road down a private gravel drive immediately after the third speed bump and opposite a public phone box. (Misleadingly, the number 22 is actually fixed to a grey house on the road, but number 22 is in fact the off-street house at the end of the gravel drive.)

People coming by car are requested to park in the rue de Genève or in the car park on the other side of the rue de Genève (where the phone box is).

Someone coming by bus from Geneva (F or Y) should get out at the second bus-stop after the tunnel and douane, that is to say "Brunette". Then cross the road, retrace steps towards the big roundabout and turn right into rue de Geneve.