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for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf - 1980 - Regional (US)

Structurally, For Colored Girls is a series of 20 poems, collectively called a 'choreopoem.' Shange's poetry expresses the many struggles and obstacles that African-American women face throughout their lives. It is performed by a cast of seven women characters, each of whom is known only by a color: "Lady in Yellow," "Lady in Purple," etc.



The poems deal with love, abandonment, rape, and abortion, embodied by each woman's story. For example, Lady in Blue's visceral account of a woman who chooses to have an abortion, and Lady in Red's tale of domestic violence. The end of the play brings together all of the women for a "laying on of hands," in which Shange evokes the power of womanhood as the Lady in Red begins the mantra "I found God in myself/and I loved her/I loved her fierce."

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by Stephi Wild - Sep 7, 2021
For Black Boys who have considered suicide when the hue gets too heavy is a profound, poetic, and playful new production centred around mental health in young Black men.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 11, 2020
New York Deaf Theatre has announced their 40th Anniversary Gala. This year NYDT honoring Obie Award nominee, Deaf actress and advocate, Alexandria Wailes, alongside newly appointed Artistic Director of Playwrights Horizons, Adam Greenfield.
by BroadwayRadio - Sep 1, 2020
On todaya??s episode of BroadwayRadio's 'Tell Me More,' host Matt Tamanini speaks with one of the busiest Broadway producers working during the pandemic, Ron Simons. In addition to being the first Black producer in Broadway history to win four Tony Awards, Simons also has four shows that are circling the main stem, all of which they discuss in this episode. 
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 9, 2020
Syracuse Stage doubles down on the 2020/2021 season with two productions available online beginning next week.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 5, 2021
Having a dream is like running with scissors. Harley, a singer-songwriter whose wife is expecting their first child, has decided to hang up his dream before it destroys his family. On the way to pawn his guitar, he stumbles across the bar where his musical hero, Floyd Whitaker, died. Upon entering, he finds an inhospitable bartender and a single surly customer who's strumming the blues on an old guitar. How could he resist an adventure like this?
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 28, 2020
On 10/30 - 11/1, Woodie King Jr's New Federal Theatre's Octoberfest virtual revival play reading series will present 'Stories About the Old Days,' the acclaimed 1986 drama about hidden secrets, featuring co-stars Pauletta Washington and Michael Potts, associate producer Linda Herring and its original director LaTanya Richardson Jackson at the helm.
by Hannah Wing - Oct 21, 2020
Synetic's JOY! is an exploratory theater experience, which blends intimate storytelling with audience interaction.
by Nicole Rosky - Oct 18, 2020
The election is right around the corner, and Broadway is showing up to the party. Countless artists have already raised their voices to call for change and inspire people around to world to vote... and they aren't finished yet. Check out some of the most anticipated upcoming events that combine the Broadway stars you love with the most important issues on the moment.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 14, 2020
Broadway for Biden's 5th Town Hall event will stream online this Saturday, October 17 at 2:00pm EST. Christine Bruno (Public Servant), Sofiya Cheyenne (Loudermilk), Gardiner Comfort (The Elephant in Every Room I Enter), Ryan Haddad (Hi, Are You Single?), and Alexandria Wailes (For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf).
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 23, 2020
The 48th Annual Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Awards will occur virtually on Monday, November 30, 2020 at 7pm and will be hosted by Roger Guenveur Smith, the AUDELCO award winning actor, best known for his 'The Huey P. Newton Story' and as Smiley in Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing'!
by Stephi Wild - Nov 18, 2020
AUDELCO has announced the nominees for its 2020 'VIV' Awards, honoring excellence in Black Theatre.
by A.A. Cristi - May 7, 2021
Christina Franklin has been training and working in New York's theater scene since she was eight years old — starting out in the rehearsal studios of TADA! Youth Theater (whose notable alumni include Kerry Washington and Jordan Peele) and taking her gift for storytelling all the way to Broadway. Irvington Theater will bring Franklin's newest play, Cleanse, to virtual audiences from May 21-23.
by Nicole Rosky - May 3, 2020
Mario Cantone will host this year's Lucille Lortel Awards, which are being presented as a virtual broadcast and benefit for The Actors Fund on Sunday, May 3, at 7pm. The online event will bring together theatre performers, industry veterans, and fans worldwide in a celebration of Off-Broadway.
by Student Blogger: Sydni Dichter - May 26, 2021
This past semester, I took one of my favorite classes I’ve had so far in my time at Tisch, Feminism and Theatre. My teacher, Gwendolyn Alker’s, syllabus set the stage for the amazing class. We read plays by playwrights of all different backgrounds, about all kinds of subjects, and we talked about why they’re important, in conjunction with feminist theoretical texts. 
by Nicole Rosky - May 26, 2021
BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that playwright and performance artist Robbie McCauley died last week in Silver Spring, Maryland.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 19, 2020
On Tuesday, May 19, presenters Charles Bush and Julie Halston, along with OBA President Peter Breger, announced the 10th Annual Off Broadway Alliance. The Off Broadway Alliance plans on celebrating this year's winners with a reception this Fall.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 14, 2020
Charles Busch and Julie Halston will announce the winners of the 10th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards on Tuesday, May 19 at 11:30 am. The winners will be announced via streaming on Facebook and YouTube.
by Nicole Rosky - May 11, 2020
The Outer Critics Circle (OCC), the official organization of writers on New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers and national publications, today announced its plans for honoring the 2019-2020 season of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 24, 2021
Bluebarn Theatre will present a virtual stage reading on March 31st, 2021 at 7PM.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 14, 2021
Today's Theater Stories features the Booth Theatre! Learn about some of the theatre's best-known shows including Sunday in the Park with George, Next to Normal, Freestyle Love Supreme, and many more!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 1, 2021
Manhattan Theatre Club will present a new reading of Three Days of Rain, originally produced in MTC’s 1997-1998 season, as the next offering in MTC’s virtual Curtain Call series. Streaming on demand from Thursday, March 11 through Sunday, March 21, Three Days of Rain will reunite its incredible original stars.
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 9, 2020
Broadway Black, the multimedia organization highlighting the achievements of Black theatre artists, has announced the inaugural Antonyo Awards, a celebration of the Black Broadway and Off-Broadway community.
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 5, 2020
The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center has announced the eleventh weekly line-up of its new global series, SEGAL TALKS, which was conceived, created and curated by Frank Hentschker in March 2020. New York, US, and international theatre artists, curators, researchers, and academics will talk daily for one hour with Segal Center's director, Frank Hentschker, about life and art in the Time of Corona and speak about challenges, sorrows, and hopes for the new Weltzustand- the State of the World.
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 4, 2021
On June 1, 1st Stage premiered the immersive new web series, Duck Harbor, and revealed the cast to the world and each other.
by Kaitlin Milligan - Jun 27, 2020
Theater has always been an outlet for creative minds to discuss the issues that plague our society, whether it's racism, income inequality, or the struggles of the LGBTQ+ community. Learn our picks for musicals and plays that deal with important social topics.
by BWW Features - Jun 26, 2020
Woodie King Jr., founder of New Federal Theatre has penned an article exclusively for BroadwayWorld, discussing New Federal Theatre's past, present and more.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 22, 2020
The Al Hirschfeld Foundation has announced the latest in a series of online exhibitions exploring the work of one of the most iconic artists of the last century.
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 19, 2020
Broadway Black, the multimedia organization highlighting the achievements of Black theatre artists, will present the inaugural Antonyo Awards, a celebration of the Black Broadway and Off-Broadway community.
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 16, 2021
The Paterson Performing Arts Development Council presents its 2021 lineup for its inaugural Hamilton Arts Festival (June 17 – 25, 2021), a series of events including streaming films, virtual theatrical performances, and roundtable discussions.
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 13, 2020
Tune in right here at 7:30pm to watch The 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards and check back for a full list of winners, updating live!
by Stephi Wild - Jul 7, 2021
The play is inspired, in part, by a 2015 controversy at Yale, where a professor’s email set off a debate and subsequent protests about the role white supremacy can play on campus, contributing to a hostile environment for students of color. It explores the critical need for communication and reaching across a divide to find a place of understanding.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 30, 2020
On August 1st @ 6:30 pm PDT (7:30 MDT; 8:40 CDT; 9:30 EDT), Trezana Beverley will be acting with and directing a stellar cast from New York, Arizona's Southwest Shakespeare Company and others from across the nation in Julius Caesar.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 29, 2021
Legendary playwright/poet Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf will be produced for Broadway by Nelle Nugent, Ron Simons and Kenneth Teaton.  
by Nicole Rosky - Jul 22, 2020
According to the New York Times, producers Ron Simons and Nelle Nugent, have teamed up to find a Broadway home for For Colored Girls, which played at the Public Theater last year. This time, Tony nominee Camille A. Brown, who choreographed the off-Broadway production, will also direct.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 22, 2021
Sideshow Theatre Company is pleased to welcome eleven new ensemble members and artistic associates. Ensemble members include Wardell Julius Clark, Greg Geffrard, Arti Ishak, Krystal Ortiz, Gabrielle Randle-Bent and Netta Walker. Artistic Associates include Patrick Agada, J. Nicole Brooks, Brynne Frauenhoffer, Jyreika Guest and Sarah Price.
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 15, 2021
Choreographer and director Camille A. Brown was honored by the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) on Thursday evening, January 14th, 2020 with the Distinguished Artist Award, presented by Alicia Adams, VP International Programming at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 11, 2021
Cleveland Play House rings in the new year with the next installment of Theatre Thursday: Inspiring Resolutions on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 7:00 pm. Hosted by Artistic Director Laura Kepley, the January edition features performances by Peter Hargrave, Eric Lockley, Laura Perrotta, and Mariama Whyte.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 23, 2021
Urban Stages has announced Urban Stages' Women's Month selection, Eleanor and Alice by Ellen Abrams, performed as a radio play. The radio play will premiere on March 18 at 7:30 pm with a premiere night benefit exclusive to ticket holders.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 23, 2021
James Calleri, Erica Jensen, and Paul Davis announced today that Calleri Casting is being renamed Calleri Jensen Davis, to better reflect the equal partnership that has been central to their 14-time Artios Award-winning company’s success over these past 15 years.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 15, 2021
Manhattan Theatre Club will present The Past Is The Past as the first production in MTC’s virtual Curtain Call series, streaming on demand from Thursday, February 18 through Sunday, February 28 only. The scene is a pool hall, where a man in his mid-40s shoots a solitary game until a college student he has never met challenges him to play.  
by Stephi Wild - Dec 8, 2020
Playwright Jeremy O. Harris has announced the launch of The Golden Collection, composed of 15 plays by prominent Black playwrights including Slave Play, which has received a historic 12 Tony Award nominations more than any other play in Broadway history.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 7, 2020
Beginning Thursday, December 10, 2020, Marcia Pendelton, president and founder of Walk Tall Girl Productions, will produce and host the new radio program, 'Backstage Stories.' The hour-long broadcast will air on WBAI FM (99.5 FM) in the Metropolitan New York City region and stream internationally on WBAI.org on Thursdays from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
by Stephi Wild - Dec 4, 2020
The 48th Annual Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Awards occurred virtually on Monday, November 30, 2020 at 7pm hosted by Roger Guenveur Smith, the AUDELCO award winning actor, best known for his “The Huey P. Newton Story” and as Smiley in Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing”! and LaChanze, AUDELCO award winner for “The Secret Life of Bees” and 2006 Tony award winner for “The Color Purple”. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 19, 2020
Tomorrow, Harlem9, the Obie Award-Winning producing collective, begins the stream of their 10th Annual and 1st Digital Festival.  The Harlem based collective is no stranger to Black Playwrights, Actors and Directors who also make their living within the Theatre, TV and Film industry. 
by Stephi Wild - Aug 17, 2021
Today's top stories: Camille A. Brown will direct and choreograph 'for colored girls' on Broadway, Wicked hires Director of Social Responsibility, Museum of Broadway set for 2022, and more!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 16, 2021
Producers Nelle Nugent, Ron Simons and Kenneth Teaton announced today that Tony Award nominee Camille A. Brown will direct the upcoming production of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf on Broadway in 2022. This will mark Brown’s directorial debut on Broadway.
by Kaitlin Milligan - Aug 13, 2020
The first wave of featured performers has been announced for HBOa??s adaptation of the critically acclaimed stage show, based on the #1 New York Times bestseller of the same name by author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates.
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 12, 2021
Aurora Theatre Company kicks off its 30th season with Dael Orlandersmith's STOOP STORIES. Elizabeth Carter (Eureka Day, The Heir Apparent, Wittenberg, Trouble In Mind) directs Jeunée Simon (The Bluest Eye) in this poetic one-hander comprised of stories drawn from Orlandersmith's personal life and limitless imagination.
by Robert Diamond - Apr 30, 2020
a??a??a??a??a??a??a??The Drama League has announced the 2020 Drama League Awards Nominees for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much- coveted Distinguished Performance Award.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 28, 2020
Michael Musto, joined the Off Broadway Alliance's Nominating Committee this morning and announced this season's Off Broadway Alliance Award nominees.