On "for colored girls..."
“for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf” was written by Paulette Williams, better known as Ntozake Shange. The work started as a series of poems read in feminist and lesbian-owned bars around Berkeley, California in 1972 and now in its 37th anniversary year the collection of choreopoems continues to be performed worldwide.
The show premiers as MULTUS Production’s first charity performance in Hong Kong, dramatizing the complexities, joys, and heartaches of being a colored woman in the 20th century.
It is a play that inspired Eve Ensler to gather together “The Vagina Monologues” and Whoopi Goldberg to act. Women of all colour, Asian, African American, Latin and mixed race will relate to the stories and be inspired by the tales that were written 30 years ago that are still so relevant to today.
Although the work represents a view of the life of women of color, its poetry is poignant and will appeal to ALL women who have experienced abuse, pain and disappointment in their lives. The director, Donalda McCarthy and author, Ntozake Shange, use this performance to remind women they are not alone in their suffering.
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf earned the author 1977 Obie award for its off-Broadway run and was nominated and won at the 1977 Tony Awards.
Other variations of performances found widely on YouTube
Lady in Green
Lady in Blue
Full Ensemble dance moments
Proceeds from the show will benefit the Narcolepsy Research Foundation. Narcolepsy was the disease that afflicted Harriet Tubman, aka the Moses of the Underground Railroad. Without Ms. Tubman, many of our 'colored women' wouldn't be around and free today. She's the first role model American colored girls ever had.
Director, Donalda McCarthy (Donni), premiered professionally in Hong Kong writing and directing the Chinese New Year production for the Hallmark Corporation in 2007. She also did 'The Ladies' which premiered at Makumba's. She has been directing and choreographing educational theatre in the US and Hong Kong since 2003, credits including "The Sound of Music", "Polyesteria", "and "Schoolhouse Rock".
A former dancer with Walt Disney World, she trained in the theatre at Clark Atlanta University performing in productions including "Chicago", "West Side Story", and "The Amen Corner". Her film credits include Fox2000's "Drumline" where she was on the Extras Casting team. Locally, she has performed and worked with the Hong Kong Players, Hong Kong Singers, Perilous Mouths Productions, Looking Glass Productions, and Stylus Productions. Her grandmother and number one fan, Dorothy Perry, died from complications with Narcolepsy on Valentine's Day 2000.
Playing at the Fringe for two shows only; December 17th & 18th at 8pm.
Tickets are available from the Fringe Box Office; phone 3128 8288 or for more information www.hkfringe.com.hk/boxoffice
New York theater critic Jessica Harris applauded the play for being the first popular success by a female black playwright who, rather than proffer the expected stereotypes, portrayed the black female condition truthfully.
The 1974 Obie-winning and Tony Award-nommed for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf played The Public Theater and jumped to Broadway 1976-78, with playwright Shange featured as one of seven women who "reveal themselves, their lives, loves, hardships, and ultimately their discovery of strength and love."
The production was nominated for a 1977 Best Play Tony Award, and actress Trazana Beverley won a Tony in the category of Best Actress in a Featured Role (Play). The original Broadway company also featured Laurie Carlos, Risë Collins, Aku Kadogo, Janet League, Paula Moss and Ntozake Shange (www.Playbill.com0