For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange

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From its inception in California in 1974 to its highly acclaimed critical success at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater and on Broadway, the Obie Award–winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf has excited, inspired, and transformed audiences all over the country. Passionate and fearless, Shange’s words reveal what it meant to be of color and female in the twentieth century. First published in 1975, when it was praised by The New Yorker for “encom­passing . . . every feeling and experience a woman has ever had,” for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf will be read and performed for generations to come. Here is the complete text, with stage directions, of a groundbreaking dramatic prose poem written in vivid and powerful language that resonates with unusual beauty in its fierce message to the world.
 

About Ntozake Shange

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Ntozake Shange is a renowned playwright, poet, and novelist. Her works include the Obie Award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, Liliane, Betsey Brown, and Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo. Among her honors and awards are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund and a Pushcart Prize. A graduate of Barnard and recipient of a Masters in American Studies from University of Southern California, she lives in Brooklyn.
 
Published November 2, 2010 by Scribner. 115 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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From the author's introduction: ""It waz just my poems, any poems I happened to have."" Ntozake Shange's raunchy, active poems of young black women--in love, in angry fits, in despair, in trouble, and in celebration--became a Broadway smash (still going strong) when they were acted, danced, physi...

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(Mr. Perry adds two more women.) That might sound unbearable, but done right it’s thrilling — specific in its pain, universal in its reach — and Mr. Perry works very hard and gets it mostly right.

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Boston.com

Perry has been playing a black woman for so long — he’s starred as the armed-and-dangerous Madea in at least five movies — that he practically is one.

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New York Magazine

The most ludicrous sequence is a rape that’s crosscut with an abortion (by a chain-smoking, vodka-swilling back-alley abortionist) and a scene at the opera in which Jackson realizes her husband is gay.

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Women's Voices for Change

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Books & Movies • Permalink • Print-friendly version • Send to a friend BOB LEVIN In the early 1970s, while struggling to maintain a low overh...

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Anthony Bean has directed a thoroughly engrossing For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.

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