The Public Theater's revival of Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking choreopoem for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, directed by Obie winner Leah C. Gardiner with choreography by Camille A. Brown, has extended for a third time. Originally scheduled through November 17, the Off-Broadway revival will now play through December 8.
For colored girls, which officially opened to critical acclaim October 22, features an ensemble made up of Sasha Allen as Lady in Blue, Celia Chevalier as Lady in Brown, Danaya Esperanza as Lady in Orange, Jayme Lawson as Lady in Red, Adrienne C. Moore as Lady in Yellow, Okwui Okpokwasili as Lady in Green, and Alexandria Wailes as Lady in Purple.
Inspired by personal events, for colored girls returns to the Public for the first time since it premiered in 1976 (before transferring to Broadway). The choreopoem weaves poetry, song, and movement to tell the story of seven women of color, each identified solely by a color. With unflinching honesty and emotion, each woman voices her survival story of having to exist in a world shaped by sexism and racism.
The Public revival features an all-women of color creative team, with scenic design by Myung Hee Cho, costumes by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Jiyoun Chang, sound design by Megumi Katayama, and original composition by Martha Redbone.