fearlessly new. fiercely now.
Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf is the “landmark of American theater” (The New York Times) that blazed a trail for generations to come. Now, this celebration of the power of Black womanhood returns to Broadway for the first time, reinvented, directed, and choreographed by “a true superstar of theater and dance” (NPR), Tony Award® nominee Camille A. Brown (Once On This Island, Choir Boy, The Metropolitan Opera’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones). And her vision is as fearlessly new as it is fiercely now.
Join the circle as seven powerful women share their stories, find their strength, and rejoice in each other’s humor and passion through a fusion of music, dance, poetry and song that explodes off the stage and resonates with all. It’s time for joy. It’s time for sisterhood. It’s time for colored girls.
When Ntozake Shange, acknowledged worldwide as a master writer in many genres, left our world for a better place, she bequeathed for future generations an extensive body of work, including 15 plays, 19 poetry collections, seven novels, five children’s books, three collections of essays, a partial memoir, and major achievements in music and dance.
Her “choreopoem” for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf is Shange’s masterwork, acclaimed as a theater classic and acknowledged as foundational in the history of theater. Written in 1975, it combines the spoken word with poetry, music and dance. Much of her work was made or adapted for performance onstage, for it was theater where her radical explorations combining form and genre could be realized. Shange’s major contribution, the “choreopoem”, was a new theatrical genre she invented that incorporates the spoken word as a prominent element – thereby widening the creative palette and transforming theater.