'For colored girls...' Andy Weaverling


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

Every Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Sept. 20-Oct. 14
7:30 p.m.
Every Sat. and Sun. from Sept. 22-Oct. 14
2 p.m.

There could hardly be a better time, or a better venue, to revisit Ntozake Shange’s Obie-winning 1974 play, which she called a “choreopoem.” Twenty poems set to music and dance are performed by a multigenerational cast of women of color, drawing attention to issues of domestic violence and sexual assault while celebrating the healing energy of women’s solidarity. For colored girls, which made Shange the second black woman (after Raisin in the Sun author Lorraine Hansberry) to have a play on Broadway, emerged from the same Black Arts Movement that produced Penumbra itself. Artistic director Sarah Bellamy and her father, Lou Bellamy, are co-directing; Ananya Chatterjea (Ananya Dance Theatre) choreographs. “The same rhetoric that is used to establish the Black Aesthetic,” Shange said in 1979, “we must use to establish a women’s aesthetic, which is to say that those parts of reality that are ours, those things about our bodies, the cycles of our lives that have been ignored for centuries in all castes and classes of our people, are to be dealt with now.”