FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE/WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF

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Written by Ntozake Shange | Directed by Deidra Starnes

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WORD BECOMES FLESH

Written by Marc Bamuthi Joseph | Directed by Psalmayene 24

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Presented in Repertory

February 25 – March 26, 2016

Anacostia Playhouse

Presented in repertory, these two beautifully moving pieces use poetry, music, and movement to explore the struggles, pains, and triumphs of living as Black Americans in the modern world, as the audience is drawn into the female and male experiences in each piece in the hopes of opening a dialogue about race, gender, and self-affirmation.

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf

By Ntozake Shange

Directed by Deidra Starnes

An American classic, the power of for colored girls…is eternal. This stirring choreopoem weaves together 20 separate poems with music and movement to tell the stories of love, empowerment, and struggle of seven African American women. Originally produced on Broadway in 1976, Ntozake Shange’s work proves as vital today as it was then.

 

Word Becomes Flesh

By Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Directed by Psalmayene 24

Through spoken word, dance, djing, and visual images, a collective of performers delivers a series of letters from a single father to his unborn son, documenting the range of emotions, fears, and expectations. Word Becomes Flesh critically, lyrically, and choreographically examines masculinity and responsibility from a young, single father’s perspective within the constructs of hip-hop culture.

 

FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE/WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF
By Ntozake Shange
Directed by Deidra Starnes

Featuring:
Christa Bennett
Kashayna Johnson
Naomi LaVette
Alina Collins Maldonado
Lolita Marie
Sharisse Taylor
Natalie Tucker

Scenic Design | Ethan Sinnott
Costume Design | Marci Rodgers
Lighting Design | Dan Covey
Sound Design | David Lamont Wilson
Choreography | Sandra L. Holloway

WORD BECOMES FLESH
By Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Directed by Psalmayene 24

Featuring:
Louis E. Davis
Chris Lane
Clayton Pelham, Jr.
Gary L. Perkins III
Justin Weaks

Scenic Design | Ethan Sinnott
Costume Design | Marci Rodgers
Lighting Design | William K. D’Eugenio
Sound Design & Original Music | Nick tha 1da
Choreography | Tony Thomas

 

 

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“I can say, without hyperbole, it is one of the best and most innovative pieces of theatre I have ever seen” — DC Theatre Scene

“Clad with skilled movement and bodily formations that bring the set to life, timely humor and modern day wit, this dual production is history (and herstory) in the making, sharing testimonies of love, life and what it means to have one’s humanity “colored.” Trust me: you want to experience this.” — MD Theatre Guide

“I have never seen a double bill that comes anywhere near doing what these two paired plays do. I have never before experienced such great theater in the interstice and implicit cohesion between two such singularly powerful works.” — DC Metro Theater Arts

““Word” gives voice to frustrations, but also to dreams. The questioning spirit and synchronized energy of its performance are particularly galvanizing.” — The Washington Post