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for colored girls Playbill Art, 1977

Choreopoem for Colored Girls

Adorned in the colors of the rainbow, seven women electrified Broadway audiences in 1976 with an innovative blend of dance, music, poetry, and storytelling that placed African American women’s lives and voices in mainstream theater. Ntozake Shange’s (1948–2018) spectacular first play, for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf, was the second show by an African American woman to open on Broadway. In Shange’s powerful choreopoem, the seven female characters present poetic monologues conveying struggles with racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination and violence, while the rainbow symbolizes the celebration of their survival and hope for a brighter future.

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design Department
Date
1976
Accession Number
1980-32-981
Catalogue Status
Research in Progress
Description
Poster promoting the play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf" at the Booth Theatre.
Credit Line
Gift of Unknown Donor
Designer
Paul Davis, American, b. 1938
Client
Booth Theater, American
Author
Ntozake Shange, American, 1948–2018
made in
New York, NY, USA
Medium
Lithograph
Dimensions
H x W: 116.8 × 58.6 cm (46 in. × 23 1/16 in.)
Data Source
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Type
theater
Object Name
Poster
Type
Poster
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4cc58861f-149c-4d39-a549-a227e88f08e5
Record ID
chndm_1980-32-981

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