FOR COLORED GIRLS
theatre department/robsham theater arts center production
Directors: John Houchin
Stage Manager: Kim Fuller '14
Set Designer: Ben Wilson '14
Costume Designer: Jackie Dalley
Lighting Designer: Ben Wilson '14
March 19 at 7:30 p.m.
March 20 at 7:30 p.m.
March 21 at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
March 22 at 7:30 p.m.
March 23 at 2:00 p.m.
Students: $10 (w/valid ID)
BC Faculty/Staff: $10 (one ticket per ID)
TOLUWASE O OLADAPO
Structurally, For Colored Girls is a series of 20 poems, collectively called a "choreopoem." Shange's poetry expresses the many struggles and obstacles that African-American women face throughout their lives. It is performed by a cast of seven women characters, each of whom is known only by a color: "Lady in Yellow," "Lady in Purple," etc. The poems deal with love, abandonment, rape, and abortion, embodied by each woman's story, e.g. Lady in Blue's visceral account of a woman who chooses to have an abortion, and Lady in Red's tale of domestic violence. The end of the play brings together all of the women for "a laying on of hands," in which Shange evokes the power of womanhood as the Lady in Red begins the mantra "I found God in myself/and I loved her/I loved her fiercely."