for colored girls: who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf


Ntozake Shange’s
Directed by Sarah Bellamy and Lou Bellamy
Choreography by Ananya Chatterjea

This 1974 classic which Ntozake Shange called a choreopoem, was conceived just two years before Penumbra Theatre was born. From its humble creation to critical acclaim on Broadway, the Obie Award-winning play has excited, inspired, and transformed audiences across the country. Shange’s fearless prose vividly paints intimate portraits of the pain and jubilation that women of color experience from girlhood throughout life. Shange was groundbreaking in her efforts to shatter the silence that protected abusers of women. for colored girls is a brave reckoning, a celebration, a healing ceremony, and perhaps most profoundly, an example of the awesome power a chorus of women’s voices can have.

Ensemble: Cristina Castro, Khanisha Foster, Sun Mee Chomet, Audrey Park, Ashe Jaafaru, Rajané Brown, Am’Ber Montgomery

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“Penumbra Theatre brings new colors to 1970s landmark ‘Colored Girls’” via the StarTribune
“Decades later, ‘for colored girls’ is still a painful, thrilling, and touching piece” via CityPages
“Darkness flirts with hope in ‘For Colored Girls’ at Penumbra” via Pioneer Press
“MUST SEE: For Colored Girls” via Compendium
“For Colored Girls: poetry and movement beautifully fused” via How Was The Show?
“BWW Review: FOR COLORED GIRLS” via Broadway World Minneapolis
“Regional Reviews: for colored girls” via Talkin’ Broadway

“40 years later, ‘for colored girls’ remains painfully relevant” via MPR News
“Twin Cities’ 10 can’t-miss theater productions of the fall” via the StarTribune
“40-year-old ‘For Colored Girls’ still relevant” via the Pioneer Press


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