|For colored girls who have considered suicide, when the rainbow is enuf:|
|Written by Erica Acklin on Tuesday, 28 September 2010 12:46|
Directed and Written by Tyler Perry is a Drama with Janet Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, Whoopi Goldberg, Thandie Newton. Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular.
From its inception in California in 1974 to its highly acclaimed critical success at Joseph Papp's Public Theater and on Broadway, the Obie Award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf has excited, inspired, and transformed audiences all over the country. Passionate and fearless, Shange's words reveal what it is to be of color and female in the twentieth century. First published in 1975 when it was praised by The New Yorker for "encompassing...every feeling and experience a woman has ever had," for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf will be read and performed for generations to come. Here is the complete text, with stage directions, of a groundbreaking dramatic prose poem written in vivid and powerful language that resonates with unusual beauty in its fierce message to the world.
Director, Tyler Perry said on The View “That it’s the craziest most intimidating thing he’s ever done”. For Colored Girls is in theaters November 5.