For Colored Girls

 

During Women’s History Month of 2012, Dare to Fly Productions will present the stage play FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE/WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF (FOR COLORED GIRLS), that was written and directed by Ntozke Shange and ran on Broadway in 1975.  This exciting production is a landmark piece in the African-American literary world as it explores concepts of sexism, feminism, spirituality and freedom embedded in the lives and struggles of 7 women of color whose lives intersect as they tell their stories.  Initially staged in California, FOR COLORED GIRLS, nominated for a Tony award, has been performed on and off Broadway, in many local productions, and now adapted as a theatrical film.

The play is a series of choreopoems, which illustrates through words, dance and music, the struggles and challenges faced by seven African-American women, but the universality of the play’s themes have been evidenced by the production of this play in many countries in Europe, Africa and Asia.  Ultimately, the women come to a sense of empowerment about their own identities, choices and opportunities as they evoke a powerful image of womanhood.

The play will premiere at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Horizons Theater on March 9, 2012  with a performance for sponsors only with a special performance for community based organizations at Rutgers Newark on March 16, 2012.  The production will also premiere at Symphony Hall on March 23 and 24, 2012 with an evening and matinee performance respectively.  Dare to Fly Productions is planning to launch a new repertory company with the goal of promoting Newark’s emergence as the arts and cultural capital of New Jersey.  The Newark Repertory theater will focus on classics, original plays, experimental theater, mixed media productions, and children’s theater. We look forward to working with all interested parties —supporters, sponsors, writers, actors, poets— who support collaborative and transforming opportunities through the arts.  Please contact us at Daretoflyproductions.org.