For Colored Girls now playing at JBT


December 16th, 2010

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Omaha, NE – The play, For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf is now playing at Omaha’s John Beasley Theatre.

For Colored Girls runs Dec. 9-19, and Jan. 6-16 at the John Beasley Theater

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple with the additional color brown are the seven characters of the rainbow that come to life in the 1975 stage play For Colored Girls by Ntozake Shange.  Now on stage at the JBT, the play is not just for “colored girls.” John Beasley said it’s universal. “The struggles that the women go through and the triumphs that they go through… their identity that they find for themselves again speaks to everyone in the world.”

Beasley said the play addresses issues of love, abuse, loss, and ends with women reclaiming their power.   This production, he said, has an all-local cast.

“Great performances by the women, even though it is their first time,” he said. “We’ve gone through a lot with them… to have them to speaking to the audience, not as if it is poetry but as if they have got something they need to share with the audience.”

Beasley said the play is unlike the recently-released Tyler Perry movie of the same name, mainly because it is performed as a series of poems.  Not your typical sounding poetry, though. (

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[audio:]for an example, as performed by actress Anita Davenport).

For Colored Girls is now playing through Dec. 19 and also runs January 6 through 16 at the John Beasley Theater in South Omaha. 

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