Pictured: Celeste M. Cooper
Kansas City Repertory Theatre has announced the cast and creative team for the upcoming FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE / WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF by Ntozake Shange. Only the second show by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway, FOR COLORED GIRLS… was nominated for the 1976 Tony Award for Best Play.
Written in a form Shange coined as a ‘choreo-poem’ and accompanied by music and dance, seven African American women, each identified solely by a color, traverse class, gender, sexuality, and geography, share stories of love, empowerment, struggle and loss.
“Our bodies are magnificent. They hold our power and our fragility. Ntozake Shange reminds us that they are ours, a curve that holds a secret, a twerk that celebrates release – all ours to be shared at our will,” says Director Khanisha Foster. “Come sit in the theater with us, and we will climb the walls together. Hang from the rafters. Let abandon set us free.”
The company features Chioma Anyanwu (Lady in Purple), Celeste M. Cooper (Lady in Red), Ashe Jaafaru (Lady in Brown), Meredith Noël (Lady in Yellow), Amber McKinnon (Lady in Orange) and Teonna Wesley (Lady in Green).
Foster’s creative team includes lighting designer Akin Ritchie, scenic designer Sheryl Liu, sound designer Miles Polaski, choreographer Brigette Dunn-Korpela, and costume designer Samantha C. Jones. Tenley Pitonzo serves as production stage manager.
FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE / WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF runs Oct. 18 through November 10 at the Copaken Stage (1 H and R Block Way, Kansas City, 64105).