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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf - Full Length Play, Drama

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf

Ntozake Shange

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Full Length Play, Drama

7f

ISBN: 9780684843261

"A triumphant event, filled with humor. Pure theatre." - New York Daily News

"A poignant, gripping, angry and beautiful work." - Time

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Downloadable Sheet Music - For Colored Girls...

Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Mandatory Music/Media Fee: $15 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Experimental

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Play w/ Music, Special Effects, Multimedia

Cutting Approved for Competition, Monologues, Scene work

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Broadway, From Off-Broadway

*Winner 1977 Obie Award for Distinguished Production
This groundbreaking "choreopoem" is a spellbinding collection of vivid prose and free verse narratives about and performed by Black women. Capturing the brutal, tender and dramatic lives of contemporary Black women, For Colored Girls... offers a transformative, riveting evening of provocative dance, music and poetry. 
"A triumphant event, filled with humor. Pure theatre." - New York Daily News

"A poignant, gripping, angry and beautiful work." - Time

Premiered by the Henry Street Settlement, Joseph Papp's Public Theatre and later on Broadway.
Characters

CASTING

7f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s), All Female, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting

LADY IN RED
LADY IN BLUE
LADY IN PURPLE
LADY IN YELLOW
LADY IN ROSE
LADY IN GREEN
LADY IN ORANGE

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Piano Only

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Ntozake Shange

Ntozake Shange

Ntozake Shange is one of America’s greatest living writers—an acknowledged master in the genres of drama, fiction, memoir, and poetry. In a hugely prolific career, Shange has written 15 plays, 19 poetry collections, 6 novels, 5 children’s books, 3 collections of essays, and a memoir called Lost in Language & Sound. Her theatre piece For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the ... view full profile

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Reviews
Tash O'Neal 5/13/2013 9:16 PM
Shange stands alone on the spectrum of poet as playwright. She combines poetry, dance, and performance art and she fashions a liner plot. Shange's work here is highly provocative. Her poetic license is up-to-date and active.

For the open-minded exists a sublime piece of poetic verse, musical and cacophonous, filled with unbridled emotion. Is unbridled emotion something admirable in art? Of course it is. This isn't an archetypical image of black women, and it definitely isn't a ethical manifesto. It is, so far as I understand, a highly passionate expression of the joys and pains of being a black woman in a time of racism and patriarchy; to be diminished, unreasonably, to the lowest ranks of society. To be in constant fear of abuse, all the while being unable to express that fear and callousness at the risk of appearing resentful and bitter.

Shange does not come across as resentful or bitter, but instead an honest voice in a world of social turmoil and discordance. Her piece is highly chaotic and yet organized, like the frantic unity of a free jazz composition. Shange does her best to find the overlapping points of the human experience, resulting in a highly poignant yet commonly overlooked work. She does not ask her readers to agree, she just asks them to FEEL.

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