For Colored Girls adds final extension at the Public Theater

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf is now scheduled to play its final performance at the Public Theater on December 15, 2019.

The Cast of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf

After three previous extensions, the Public Theater has announced a final 1-week extension for the first major New York revival of Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf, directed by Leah C. Gardiner and choreographed by Tony Award nominee Camille A. Brown. Previews began at the Public's Martinson Theater on October 8, 2019, ahead of an official opening on October 22 (read our 4* review). The limited engagement was originally scheduled to close on November 17, before initially extending through November 24, December 1, and December 8, and the production will now close on December 15, 2019.

The cast of For Colored Girls includes Sasha Allen (as Lady in Blue), Celia Chevalier (as Lady in Brown), Danaya Esperanza (as Lady in Orange), Jayme Lawson (as Lady in Red), Adrienne C. Moore (as Lady in Yellow), Okwui Okpokwasili (as Lady in Green), and Alexandria Wailes (as Lady in Purple).

Synopsis: "A groundbreaking work in modern American theater, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, returns to The Public for the first time since it premiered in 1976, before its breakthrough run on Broadway. Filled with passion, humor, and raw honesty, legendary playwright/poet Ntozake Shange’s form-changing choreopoem tells the stories of seven women of color using poetry, song, and movement. With unflinching honesty and emotion, each woman voices her survival story of having to exist in a world shaped by sexism and racism. This seminal work speaks to our world today about women’s struggles, strength, desires, resilience, and the sanctified magic of love and possibility."

The creative team behind For Colored Girls features all women of color. Original compositions are by Martha Redbone, scenic design by Myung Hee Cho, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Jiyoun Chang, and sound design is by Megumi Katayama.

This production of For Colored Girls marks the first return to the Public since it premiere there in 1976 and its subsequent, acclaimed run at the Booth Theatre on Broadway, which earned a Tony Award nomination for "Best Play."

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf Tickets are available now for performances through December 15, 2019.

(Photo by Joan Marcus)