FMU Theatre to present "for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf," Feb. 18-21
FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University Theatre will present “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf,” by Ntozake Shange, Feb. 18-21.
Performances begin at 8 p.m. in the Hyman Fine Arts Center’s theatre. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. Call the box office at 843-661-1365, beginning Feb. 9, Monday through Friday, between 1 and 5 p.m., for seating availability.
“for colored girls” was originally performed in New York City, off-Broadway, in 1976. The run was very successful and the play has been popular over the years. The cast is made up of seven women: the lady in brown and the ladies in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.
Shange’s script is actually a performance piece of poetry. The script contains beautiful language but does not hesitate to challenge its audience with explicit language, descriptions, and situations. Several larger poems, each delivered by one of the ladies, are put together with smaller snippets of poetry, music, and dance performed by the whole group. The expression of these personalities and their experiences as told through Shange’s poetry creates a beautiful theatrical piece celebrating the African-American woman in America.
The play is directed by associate professor Keith Best, with set and lighting design by associate professor David Granath and costume design by assistant professor Abigail Wurster.
The cast of the play, by hometown, is:
Charleston: Lakesia Monique Reed (Lady in Orange)
Columbia: Dana Bufford (Lady in Purple)
Darlington: Jocqlene Maria Wright (Lady in Blue)
Florence: Consuella Ferguson (Lady in Brown)
Goose Creek: Shakita Walker (Lady in Green)
Loris: Crystal Patrick (Lady in Yellow)
Sumter: Tiffany Holmes (Lady in Red)
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