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

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

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  7f

This groundbreaking "choreopoem" is a spellbinding collection of vivid prose and free verse narratives about and performed by Black women. 


Image: 2019 Public Theater Production (Joan Marcus)

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

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    7f
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Experimental
  • Suggested Use
    Suggested Use
    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • Monologues
    • Scene work
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult
Accolades
Accolades
  • Winner! 1977 Obie Award for Distinguished Production
    Nominee: Two 1977 Tony Awards, including Best Play
Licence details
  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
  • Mandatory Music/Media Fee: £10 per performance

Details

Summary
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.

History
After early performances in California and on the East Coast, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf opened at the Henry Street Settlement in New York City in March 1976 and quickly moved moved off-Broadway to Joseph Papp's Public Theater. A few months later, the show made its Broadway debut, opening at the Booth Theatre on September 15, 1976.
Cast Attributes
  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • All Female
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
LADY IN RED
LADY IN BLUE
LADY IN PURPLE
LADY IN YELLOW
LADY IN ROSE
LADY IN GREEN
LADY IN ORANGE

  • Time Period Contemporary, Present Day
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Additional Features Play w/ Music, Special Effects, Multimedia
  • Duration 90 minutes
  • Cautions
    • Intense Adult Themes
    • Strong Language

Media

“A poignant, gripping, angry and beautiful work.” – Time

"Their voices meld, their bodies tumble and tangle together. And sisterhood becomes a single hydra-headed, multitongued entity, invincible and indivisible. God help the man who dares to cross it.” – The New York Times

“A triumphant event, filled with humor. Pure theatre.” – New York Daily News

Videos

  • For Colored Girls... The Public Theater 2019

  • For Colored Girls... Montage

  • The Legacy of For Colored Girls...

  • 1 "somebody/ anybody sing a black girl's song"

  • For Colored Girls... Sacramento State Promo

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

    Image: 2019 Public Theater Production (Joan Marcus)

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

    Image: 2019 Public Theater Production (Joan Marcus)

Music

  • Musical StyleN/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal DemandsN/A (Not a musical)
  • Orchestra SizePiano Only

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Authors

Ntozake Shange

Ntozake Shange is one of America’s greatest 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 memoi ...
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