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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf
Ong King Arts Center
Honolulu, HI
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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf at Ong King

Black History Month: The Late Ntozake Shanges Powerful Choreopoem

(Honolulu, HI) In honor of Black History month and the late Ntozake Shange, Dr. Allison Francis directs the award-winning writers most famous work, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.  A world-renowned poet and playwright, Ms. Shange passed away in October of last year, leading to a national resurgence in productions of For Colored Girls. Dr. Francis will be helming the Hawaii run of this production, which is a spellbinding collection of vivid prose and free verse narratives about and performed by Black women.

Allison Francis, PhD, is a Professor of English, and Coordinator of the English Department at Chaminade University of Honolulu. She is a performance poet featured at venues in London Edinburgh, New York, and Honolulu. She made her Honolulu stage debut in Manoa Valley Theatres In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play. Allison also co-wrote and performed in The Actors Groups Celebration of August Wilson, and stage-managed Tags production of The Best Man. In summer 2017, she performed multiple roles in Anna Deavere Smiths play, Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 at the Chaminade University Collegiate Theatre Festival, and was last seen onstage in EVOLVE Theatre Companys 2018 production of Intimate Apparel.

Ntozake Shange was one of Americas greatest living writersan acknowledged master in the genres of drama, fiction, memoir, and poetry. In a hugely prolific career, Shange wrote 15 plays, 19 poetry collections, 6 novels, 5 childrens books, 3 collections of essays, and a memoir called Lost in Language & Sound. Her theatre piece For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf (dubbed a choreopoem for its highly original combination of music, poetry, and dance) was a stunning success on Broadway in 1976-1977. Considered a landmark not just in American theatre but also in theatre worldwide, it won an Obie while still off-Broadway at the Public Theater. For Colored Girls has been performed continuously since then both in the United States and abroad, has remained in print since its publication in 1974 and was made into a movie by Tyler Perry in 2010.

Do not miss For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. Starring a collection of strong black women of different ages and lifestyles, this production will honor the past while looking boldly towards the future. For more information, please contact allison.paynter@chaminade.edu.

Ong King Arts Center
1154 Fort Street Mall

Fri, 2/15, 7:30pm
Sat, 2/16, 7:30pm
Sun, 2/17, 3:30pm
Tues, 2/19, 7:30pm
[No show on Fri, 2/22]
Sat, 2/23, 7:30pm
Sun, 2/24, 3:30pm

Please Note:
This show contains adult themes and situations.


Ong King Arts Center (View)
1154 Fort Street Mall
Honolulu, HI 96817
United States



Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Evolve Theatre Company
On BPT Since: Jan 17, 2018
Ong King Arts Center

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