for colored girls who have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf (1995)

20th Anniversary Production

for colored girls who have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf is Ntozake Shange’s first work and most acclaimed theater piece, which premiered in 1976. It consists of a series of poetic monologues to be accompanied by dance movements and music, a form Shange coined as the choreopoem. for colored girls… tells the stories of seven women who have suffered oppression in a racist and sexist society. – Wikepedia

This is the production NFT reprised for the play’s 20th anniversary, this time directed by the author. She added “Positive,” a poem about H.I.V./AIDS, and updated another poem.

From Ben Bradley’s NY Times Review of the 1995 Production:

When they made their debut 20 years ago, they went by different names: the Lady in Red, for example; or the Ladies in Blue and Yellow. Now they are identified by less elementary colors, suggestive of more subtle shades, like aqua, rose and mint. And from time to time, they touch on subjects like AIDS, which are new to their vocabulary. But the seven women of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” Ntozake Shange’s epochal anthem to black women in search of their own voice, still have the power to shimmer. And the fact that the palette from which their names are drawn has changed seems entirely appropriate.

Presented as part of the 1994-95 Season

Play opened June 23, 1995 at the Harry De Jur Playhouse

Artist Credits

Credit Artist Photo
Playwright Ntozake Shange Ntozake Shange
Playwright Craig Harris
Director Ntozake Shange Ntozake Shange
Musical Director David Murray David Murray
Choreographer Mickey Davidson
Stage Manager Jacqui Casto
Set Designer Chris Cumberbatch
Lighting Designer Bill Grant
Costume Designer Judy Dearing
Sound Designer Tim Schellenbaum
Actor Brenda Phillips
Actor Catrina Ganey
Actor Diedra LaWan
Actor Dorcas M. Johnson
Actor Yvette Ganier
Actor Patrice Johnson
Actor Tamika Lamison

All 1994-95 Season productions: