1 July, 2018
by Ntozake Shange
arranged by Emanita Bailey
This special year-end playreading will be performed in a garden venue to be announced.
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.