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

by  Ntozake Shange

Full Length Play, Drama  /  7f

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

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

Read more +

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

by  Ntozake Shange

License Estimator

Use this tool for cost estimates based on your specific needs.

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

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Experimental
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway, From Off-Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • Monologues
    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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. 
Read more +

Accolades

  • *Winner 1977 Obie Award for Distinguished Production

Reviews

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

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

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
  • Mandatory Music/Media Fee: $15 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music, Special Effects, Multimedia
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only

Casting

7f
LADY IN RED
LADY IN BLUE
LADY IN PURPLE
LADY IN YELLOW
LADY IN ROSE
LADY IN GREEN
LADY IN ORANGE

See all +

Cast Attributes

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

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

Lead sheets.

More

Authors

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. ...

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

Now Playing

Community Experiences