Broadway's revival of for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange has announced an American Sign Language performance for April 15. The production began performances April 1 and will officially open April 20.
The special performance honors the importance of ASL in the production and the advocacy work of cast member Alexandria Wailes. Wailes, who plays Lady in Purple, is an actor and dancer who is Deaf and has advocated for accessibility within the performing arts. For her role in the revival, Wailes blends dance and ASL into a cohesive performance. Her advocacy work extends to the television and film communities as evidenced through her recent work as one of two ASL directors on the Oscar-winning film CODA.
For the April 15 performance, audience members will be able to purchase select orchestra seats with code FCGASL22. Additional ASL signed performances will be announced throughout the show's run.
Starring alongside Wailes in the revival are Amara Granderson as Lady in Orange, Tendayi Kuumba as Lady in Brown, Kenita R. Miller as Lady in Red, Okwui Okpokwasili as Lady in Green, Stacey Sargeant as Lady in Blue, and D. Woods as Lady in Yellow under the direction of Camille A. Brown in her Broadway directorial debut.
Along with Brown, the creative team features set designer Myung Hee Cho, costume designer Sarafina Bush, lighting designer Jiyoun Chang, sound designer Justin Ellington, projection designer Aaron Rhyne, hair designer Cookie Jordan, music director Deah Love Harriott, music coordinator Tia Allen, associate director Christina Franklin, and associate choreographer Maleek Washington. The production showcases original music by Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby.
Also serving on the creative team are Bernita Robinson as production stage manager and lark hacksaw as assistant stage manager. Erica Jensen of Calleri Jensen Davis cast the production, and Hudson Theatricals provides production supervision.
Originally a choreopoem by Ntozake Shange, for colored girls... follows seven women as they share their stories and find strength in each other’s humor and passion through a fusion of poetry, dance, music, and song. It made its Broadway premiere at the Booth Theatre in 1976 and received a Tony nomination for Best Play.
For tickets and more information, visit ForColoredGirlsBway.com.