Monday, September 17, 2012


For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf
By Ntozake Shange
Presented by the Newark Repertory Theater Company

WHEN: Saturday, September 29, at 2 PM and 7 PM
Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney
TICKETS: $30; $25 for groups of 10+
Tickets for this performance may be purchased online or by calling 1.800.838.3006.
Group sales are also available.

For Colored Girls, a landmark play in the anthology of African American literary and performance tradition, is storytelling at its best and at its rawest. As written by Ntozake Shange, seven women speak frankly, passionately and with lots of humor, pathos, and soul-searching lament about their life journeys.

The play displays a “wonderful and dazzling free-form” lyricism in the poetry with lots of humor, pathos, and soul-searching lament with cascading themes of gender, sexuality, rape, abortion, race, war, rage and violence and the search for self-expression and love. In its context, the play invites us to consider the question “what is the empowerment we need as women today?” In its broader philosophical perspectives, the play inspires our contemplation on what it means to be a human being.

This exciting production is a landmark piece in the African-American literary world as it explores concepts of sexism, feminism, spirituality and freedom embedded in the lives and struggles of seven women of color whose lives intersect as they tell their stories. For Colored Girls, which originally ran on Broadway in 1975, contains mature language and situations.

They are especially interested in young audiences (16 and over) who attend and engaging them and others in a questions and answer session following the production.