"For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf"
A Choreopoem by Ntozake Shange
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When The Rainbow Is Enuf, an Obie-winning play, is a 1975 experimental play by Ntozake Shange. Initially staged in California, it has been performed Off-Broadway and on Broadway, and adapted as a book, a television film, and a theatrical film. The 1977 Broadway production was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. Charistopher John Farley, writes, "When poet Ntozake Shange heard that filmmaker Tyler Perry wanted to make a movie version of her Obie-winning play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide /When The Rainbow Is Enuf," she said she had one ground rule. "No Mama Dearest," Shange says. Does she mean Madea, the gun-toting grandmother character that Perry plays in some of his films? "Yes, Madea," Shange says. "She couldn't be in it." Perry rewrote her original verse play, adding in non-poetic scenes. "He wrote those so he could connect one scene to another," Shange says. "I didn't use storylines per se." How did she feel about the male characters he added to her all-female play? "I knew he had to add…well he didn't have to add, but many people can't imagine a movie without men."
"i am on the other side of the rainbow/picking up the pieces of days spent waitin for the poem to be heard/while you listen/i have other work to do/"
New York, 1976
Lady in Brown………………………...…….Kathy Mitchell
Director……………………….......Charles David Brooks, III
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