Burning Coal Theatre Company and SheCow Productions present For Colored Girls Who've Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange.
Directed by Karen Dacons-Brock, the production, co-produced by SheCow Productions runs May 10 through 20, 2012 at Burning Coal's Murphy School Theater. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 or $15 for students (with ID), seniors and active military (with ID). All tickets are $10 on Thursdays. For tickets and information, visit www.burningcoal.org. The play contains strong language and is recommended for those 16 and older.
About For Colored Girls…
The piece, first performed in 1975, is a choreopoem, or a series of 20 separate poems choreographed to music, that weavesinterconnected stories of love, empowerment, struggle and loss into a beautifully complex and truthful representation of sisterhood. The cast consists of seven nameless African-American women only identified by the colors they wear. Subjects from rape, abandonment, abortion, HIV/AIDS and domestic violence are tackled with unabashed, unapologetic and brutal honesty.
About the Director
Karen Dacons-Brock is an adjunct professor of theatre at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Professor Dacons-Brock is also a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. In her dual role as theatre director/producer and allied health professional, she has directed numerous plays, presented papers and conducted workshops at international, national and regional conferences. She has been especially interested in finding ways to explore theatre performance in interdisciplinary settings in order to make positive changes in the lives of people everywhere. She has received a Meritorious Achievement Award for Excellence in Direction from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and was a 2008 recipient of the University of North Carolina Board of Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has a BFA and MFA in Dramatic Art from UNC-Chapel Hill and a M.Ed. in Communication Disorders from NCCU.
About the Cast and Crew
Burning Coal board and company members Emelia "Me-Me" Cowans plays Lady in Red (Crowns, 1960, Gee's Bend, To Kill A Mockingbird) and Sherida McMullan plays Lady in Blue (Crowns, Gee's Bend, A Doll's House). LaKeisha Coffey (Lady in Orange),Carly P. Jones (Lady in Green), Kyma Lassiter (Lady in Brown), Aurelia Belfield (Lady in Yellow) and Tara Whitney Rison (Lady in Purple). Cynthia Penn, Choreography; Natasha Jackson, Stage Manager; Patrick Cox, Assistant Stage Manager; JeMarl Kearney, Wardrobe, Charles "Chuckey" Robinson, Original Music Score, Professor Arthur Reese, Set and Lighting Designer (NCCU).
Burning Coal is located at 224 Polk St. in downtown Raleigh. For more information on Burning Coal Theatre Company visit www.burningcoal.org.