For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide /
When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange
In partnership with Stageworks Theatre, please join us for a virtual discussion about this play, which premiered in 1976. This choreopoem tells the stories of seven nameless African-American women, identified only by the color of their clothing, who have suffered oppression in a racist and sexist society. It is a series of separate poems choreographed to music that weaves interconnected stories of love, empowerment, struggle and loss into a complex representation of sisterhood. The free-form poetic is an unflinching look at the racism and sexism faced by black women, and in some sense all women, making it as powerful and relevant today as it was over 40 years ago.
In advance of the discussion, the choreopoem can be purchased in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook format at Amazon
. Copies can also be purchased at Barnes & Noble
A student production of the play can be found on Vimeo
and on Vimeo
. The PBS version staring the playwright can also be found on YouTube
. The quality of these videos in not necessarily the best.
A film adaptation of the play (not the same) directed by Tyler Perry is available for streaming on multiple sites, including Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu.
is Tampa’s longest running professional theatre company, founded in 1982. In 2011, the company found its permanent home in Tampa’s Downtown Channel District and continues to thrive to achieve its mission to “ignite the human spirit”. Stageworks has a vision to inspire change by celebrating diversity and promoting values which include the creation of a safe space to explore challenging topics, inspire transformation through the healing power of the arts and create a kinder, more thoughtful community through empathetic performance, discussion and engagement among many others.
For more information on Stageworks, or to make a donation, go to https://stageworkstheatre.org/support/
Registration is free to members and non-members.
Online registration closes on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020, at 12:00 pm.