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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf


Martinson October 8 - December 8, 2019 90 minutes, no intermission

Written by Ntozake Shange
Directed by Leah C. Gardiner
Choreography by Camille A. Brown

A groundbreaking work in modern American theater, FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE/WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF, returns to The Public for the first time since it premiered in 1976, before its breakthrough run on Broadway.

Filled with passion, humor, and raw honesty, legendary playwright/poet Ntozake Shange’s form-changing choreopoem tells the stories of seven women of color using poetry, song, and movement. With unflinching honesty and emotion, each woman voices her survival story of having to exist in a world shaped by sexism and racism.

Obie Award winner Leah C. Gardiner (Born Bad, generations, If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka) directs this seminal work that speaks to our world today about women’s struggles, strength, desires, resilience, and the sanctified magic of love and possibility.


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Tickets start at $75, plus fees
Public Supporter and Partner tickets start at $55
Beginning December 11, onstage seating start at $30, plus fees

American Sign Language Interpreted performances will be held on:
Friday, December 13, 8:00PM
Sunday, December 15, 8:00PM

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Sasha Allen

(Lady in Blue). Broadway: Hair (Dionne). West End: Hair (Dionne). Off-Broadway: Bare, Ghetto Superstar. National tours: Pippin (Leading Player). Film: Camp (Dee). TV: NBC’s “The Voice” (season four, top five contestant), “Power,” “Blue Bloods,” “Stick it in Detroit.” Singer for The Rolling Stones (No Filter tour and America Latina Olé tour), Christina Aguilera, John Legend, Babyface, Sara Bareilles, Usher and Alicia Keys. 

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Celia Chevalier

(Lady in Brown). TV: “Orange Is the New Black,” “FBI.” Training: BFA in Acting from SUNY Purchase.

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Renata Eastlick

(u/s Lady in Orange, Lady in Yellow, Lady in Green) is a theatre, film, TV and voiceover actor. Regional: The Nutcracker (House Theatre of Chicago), The Royale (Hippodrome Theatre), Ruined (Gablestage), Eclipsed (Women’s Theatre Project), Rockin’ Down Fairytale Lane (Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe), Good People (American Stage), In the Heights (Actors' Playhouse). Video Games: “Rainbow Six Siege” (Caveira). Film: God’s Waiting Room. TV: “Burn Notice.” Eastlick is a Silver Palm Award recipient and a two-time Carbonell Award Nominee. Training: University of Florida. 

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Danaya Esperanza

(Lady in Orange). Off-Broadway: Play On! Shakespeare Festival (CSC/OSF); The Tempest, Twelfth Night (The Public’s Mobile Unit); Breitwisch Farm (Esperance); Mary Jane, Othello (NYTW); Men on Boats (Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb); Washeteria (Soho Rep); Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature Theatre); School Girls… (MCC Playlabs). Regional: Annie Salem (NYSAF), Joe Turner Vino y Se Fue (Seattle Rep, The Other Season), Romeo and Juliet (STC), Protect the Beautiful Place (McCarter), Another Word for Beauty (Goodman). TV: “The Blacklist,” “Elementary.” Training: Juilliard.

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Jubil Khan

(u/s Lady in Purple) has studied at an array of schools and companies pursuing African, Hip-Hop, Modern, and Ballet dance techniques. TV/Film credits include “Law & Order;” roles in multiple award-winning independent films, The Shattered Mind as Imani and Paralax as Melanie Bardo, both Deaf roles. Also she acted in SOFIE, directed by award-winning director, Ella Jane. Theater credits include Almost Maine, a Deaf role, and award-winning play, Fetes de la Nuit. BFA in Dance: Temple University.

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L'Oreal Lampley

(u/s Lady in Blue, Lady in Red Lady in Brown). The Public: Coriolanus. Regional: Othello (Trinity Rep); A Son Come Home, In Search Of, Taiga in the Berkshires (Williamstown Theater Festival). Other: God of Carnage, Prowess, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Twelfth Night, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sincerity Forever, Graveyard Shift. Education: MFA: Brown/Trinity; Benny Sato Legacy Award (directing).

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Jayme Lawson

(Lady in Red). Film: Farewell Amor. 2019 recipient of The Laura Pels International Foundation for Theatre Prize in Acting. BFA: The Juilliard School.

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Adrienne C. Moore

(Lady in Yellow) is a critically acclaimed actress known for her NAACP Image Award-nominated role of Black Cindy on Netflix’s hit series “Orange Is the New Black.” Moore’s film and television credits include “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Search Party” and the upcoming DC/Warner Bros. film Wonder Woman: Bloodlines. Moore’s extensive theatre repertoire includes 365 Plays/365 Days (The Public), Milk Like Sugar (La Jolla Playhouse, Playwrights Horizons) and The Taming of the Shrew (The Public’s Free Shakespeare in the Park). Instagram: @acmoore9

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Okwui Okpokwasili

(Lady in Green) is a Brooklyn-based performing artist. Her work has been produced and commissioned by Performance Space New York, Danspace Project, New York Live Arts, Abrons Arts Center, FIAF, 651 ARTS, Walker Art Center, Young Vic and LMCC. Okpokwasili is the recipient of a 2018 Doris Duke Artist Award and she is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow. 

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Alexandria Wailes

(Lady in Purple). The Public: Mother Courage. Broadway: Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, Big River (Tony honoree for ensemble). Off-Broadway: I Was Most Alive With You (Playwrights Horizons), A Kind of Alaska. Regional: Gruesome Playground Injuries; Love Person; Sleeping Beauty Wakes (LA Ovation nomination); Our Town (Pasadena Playhouse). Film: The Hyperglot, Scenes From the Underground. TV: “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “High Maintenance,” “Little America,” “Nurse Jackie.” Web: “Don’t Shoot the Messenger.”

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D. Woods

(Understudy). Education: NYU Tisch and Gallatin, Ailey School. She gained fame as a member of the multi-platinum selling group Danity Kane. Regional stage credits: Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre in Atlanta, GA, and The Guggenheim Museum’s Works and Process series (Prurience). Upcoming: Woods can be seen as a series regular in the UMC original series “Stuck With You” and heard in new music from her independent label Woodgrane Entertainment and female empowerment collective Project Girls Club in early 2020. 


Ntozake Shange
Leah C. Gardiner
Camille A. Brown
Myung Hee Cho
Scenic Design
Toni-Leslie James
Costume Design
Jiyoun Chang
Lighting Design
Megumi Katayama
Sound Design
Martha Redbone
Original Music
Onudeah Nicolarakis
Director of American Sign Language
Kristy Norter
Music Contractor
Deah Harriott
Music Director
Alyssa K. Howard
Production Stage Manager
Katie Kennedy
Assistant Stage Manager


A resounding statement, spoken and visual, of collective care and strength.

- Tim Teeman, The Daily Beast

- Ben Brantley, The New York Times
Cracks open like a precious gem, flashes of insight cascading out as if by magic. A powerhouse ensemble.

- Naveen Kumar, Timeout New York
FOR COLORED GIRLS is a must see.

- Kristen Martin, The Knockturnal
“An ECSTATIC NEW PROUCTION, directed by LEAH C. GARDINER. [The audience] is prodded into SOLEMN JOY, THRILLED BY SONG AND DANCE, and… ushered into the state of BRIGHT, SHATTERING anguish that the play’s title promises.”

- Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker