The Public Theater is reviving Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf which had its Off-Broadway premiere there. The 'choreopoem,' a phrase coined by Shange, hasn’t been seen in New York in over 40 years since it closed in 1978, after having moved to Broadway from The Public. Even though it’s been a staple on college campuses around the country... Read more
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf
The Public Theater continues its 2019-2020 Off-Broadway season with 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.
Performances are staged in the Public's Martinson Theater.
(Photos by Joan Marcus)
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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.