Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011
EBONY THEATER SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON WOMEN OF COLOR IN FREE PERFORMANCES
MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's Ebony Theater is giving three free performances of the Broadway play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf."
The first performance is 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, at the Manhattan Arts Center, 1520 Poyntz Ave. The play also will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, in K-State's Nichols Theater. Advance tickets are not required to attend.
Written in 1975 by Ntozake Shange, the play is about what it was like to be a woman of color in the 20th century and is expressed through the words, gestures, dance and music of seven ladies.
"For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf" achieved critical success on Broadway and was the recipient of the Obie Award.
The K-State production will be directed by Marci Maullar, managing director of K-State Theatre and professor of theater. The play will be directed in a readers' theater style but with movement and memorization throughout.
K-State students in the cast or crew for "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf" include:
Rhett Jones, junior in theater, Hutchinson, set design; Laura Vallejo, senior in theater, Junction City, as Lady in Blue; Da'Ja Bresette, freshman in pre-journalism and mass communications, Kansas City, Kan., as Lady in Yellow; Cassidi Stuckman, master's student in theater, Manhattan, choreographer; Jennifer Lee, master's student in theater, Newton, stage manager; Caresse Elliott, freshman in theater, Ogden, as Lady in Orange; Nahshon Ruffin, junior in theater, Overland Park, as Lady in Purple; Erika Williams, sophomore in theater, Topeka, as Lady in Brown; and Tegan Perkins, sophomore in theater, Wichita, costume design.
From out of state: Taneysha Howard, sophomore in agricultural communications and journalism, St. Louis, Mo., as Lady in Green; and Breanna Stewart, sophomore in music, Flower Mound, Texas, as Lady in Red.