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

COLUMBIA, SC - March 4, 2011 - Benedict College will present "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf," a new stage play directed by Mr. Charles David Brooks, III, Professor of Theatre and Interim Chair of Fine Arts Department at Benedict College. The play will open Wednesday, March 23th with performances continuing on March 24th, 25th, and 26th. The play, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf", will be held on Benedict's campus at the Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Center Theatre at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and 3 p.m. Saturday.  The event is open to the general public.

Tickets are currently on sale at $5.00 for general admission and $3.00 for students, military personnel, and senior citizens (age 65 and over). If you are interested in the special group rate or additional information, please call (803) 705-4358 or

"For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf" expresses the many struggles and obstacles that African-America women have faced throughout their lives. While the play focuses on women of color, the poems are about women, love, family, abuse, relationships, identity, sexuality, choice of friendship, and are embodied by each woman's story, providing a sense of the interrelationships among the performers and of their gestures and dance movements.

The play starts and ends with the lady in brown. The other six performers represent the colors of the rainbow: the ladies in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. The different repercussions of "bein alive & bein a woman & bein colored is a metaphysical dilemma" are discovered through the words, gestures, dance, and music of the seven ladies, who manage as they shift in and out of different roles.

Written by Ntozake Shange in 1975, "For Colored Girls" won an Obie Award for the best off-Broadway play, and was also nominated for Tony, Grammy, and Emmy awards. It is a popular production of theatrical companies across the country. The play features seven poems that reveal the everyday realities of black women, all presented as different colors of the rainbow while dancing, moving, and singing. The play's fusion of movement and language is referred to as a "choreopoem."

Source: MidlandsBiz Profiles

Program: Synopsis, the Cast and Crew

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