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"For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf"

Ntzoke Shange is one of the modern world’s preeminent playwrights, the author of "for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf" and a professor of women’s studies and gender issues at UF.

"one thing i don't need
is any more apologies
i got sorry greetin me at my front door
you can keep yrs
i don't know what to do wit em
they don't open doors
or bring the sun back
they don't make me happy
or get a mornin paper
didn't nobody stop usin my tears to wash cars
cuz a sorry
i let sorry/didn't meanta/& how cd i know abt that
take a walk down a dark & musty street in brooklyn
i'm gonna do exactly what i want to
& i won't be sorry for none of it
letta sorry soothe yr soul/i'm gonna soothe mine."

-- ntzoke shange, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

Scene from : "for colored girls..."
Williams College - Department of Theatre Production

There are roads in this life that each must journey along.  In everyone's existence there are trials. 
The "colored girl" has surely seen her fair share of hardships, but perseverance has been her stronghold, and bittersweet tears often water her garden. 
WOMEN OF SEASON proudly present excerpts from this colorful play.  Eight of Ntzoke's women are represented in this choreopoem, each with their own hue of rainbow colors which depict their many moods.  
Within Ntzoke Shange's words, every element of living is cleverly represented.  Strong language is a must in this production.  Oft times the use of profanity makes the situation more bona fide. 
Shange's poetic verses provide a sense of the interpersonal relationships between all women. In spiste of diverse cultural backgrounds, women tend to speak a language all their own.
The precisioned use of gestures, body language, urban dialect, and dance movements... create a cohesiveness that stretches beyond surrealism, and imagination. 
With this excerpted Staged Reading, it is our mission to intice the audience to visit the production in its entirety whenever it comes to a theatre near by.  
Esteemed credit is given to Ms. Shange for her insight, wit, and masterful craft. 
The ladies in the colors of the rainbow: brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.  

"I'm sorry--so sorry..."
Artist - Doby London - Kalamuart.com


Lament of a Colored Girl
2004 Renee Matthews-Jackson

Colored girls

always sing songs that,
"stop in the name of love".
Songs that say,

"I'm sorry, so sorry".
Happy mixed with sad, dew,
and rain on sunny days...

Colored girls

wear ribbons, and bows,
and rags wrapped 'round they heads,
to cover the headaches

that happen after hangovers,
and let downs,

and spirits of hope that are faded.

Colored girls

mourn the loss of they men,
in wars--on foreign soils,

and at home--
of morgue trips to identify sons
that have been slain on inner-city streets...
Hauling coffins to graves,

while makin' more babies,
that become men.
For all this sorrow,

they start over again.

Colored girls

become women of strength,
while standing dazed, 

peering through steel bars
at the men they love so dearly,
and it is clear to


Colored girls
that their men are separate from them
by systematic clanging

in jail house dwellings.
So they weep before they sleep,
or take no time

for sleep at all...

Colored girls

with swollen bellies,
and swollen feet,

and swollen hands,
and blackened eyes,

and low self-esteem,
and no self-respect...

come out of the struggle,

bursting with the highs,

and lows of life...

To live,

in spite of trauma,

and misfortune,

to live

in spite of lost love,


to live

in spite of the stuff

that was stolen

from their giving spirits,

to live

in spite of injustice,

and immeasurable pain...

Colored girls

still dance,

and sing,

and laugh,

and give praise...

For without the valley's,

and the peaks,

life would be a multitude
of distant nothingness,

and they would exist no more...


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