for colored girls
when the rainbow is enuf
Theatre Double Repertory Company has obtained the rights and permissions necessary to bring its critically acclaim version of ntozake shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf to Broadway.
“We are over the moon” exclaimed Theatre Double Executive Director and Co-Founder Michael LeLand. ”This incredible opportunity not onyl allow us to bring one of our most acclaimed productions but will enable us to create an environment that will support our work in educational theater , development of new work and return to producing a full season in Philadelphia.”
Theatre Double has a tradition of creating New Plays that inspired The New York Times to write “you think this company can do almost anything well.”
In the spring of 2001Theatre Double produced for colored girls… This production ran for twelve weeks and was one of the biggest artistic successes Theatre Double had during its four year incarnation in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to being a big box office smash the production drew the praise of critics among them The Philadelphia Tribune which said:
Michael LeLand’s ‘ interpretation of Shange's choreopoem is nothing less than brilliant. Using no props, just words, music and passion, the cast forces you to identify with at least one story or sheds more light on the story of someone you may know. To borrow from the words one woman in the audience after dabbing at tears in her eyes at the plays' end, "THIS IS DEEP.
This production moved to New York City were it set box office records at the Obie Award Winning Nuyorican Poets Café. That production subsequently moved to Chashama On Time Square,where it garnered critical acclaim from The New York Times, New Amsterdam News, Variety among others. The production was Named a Village Voice critics’ choice :“Against a stark white set, Juanita Amonitti wields a big stick and a wise voice and calls to order Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem that sings, steps, dances, and wails the tales of angry, lonely, jubilant, and beautifully colored girls who know love…and loss: everything from the loss of one’s virginity to the loss of a child to the loss of one’s self. Amid rose petals, Michael LeLand’s production is sublimely staged and superbly acted.”
"The fresh organic staging results in a profoundly thrilling new work. The director Michael LeLand usually ignores old stage directions and creates scenes that are totally new and vividly compelling. It is the dynamic craft of the actors in tune with the unique direction that sends this performance into a class by itself beyond the average Broadway revival"
.-New Amsterdam News
"Many Gratifying Moments. Those Moments owe to the director Michael LeLand and this disciplined troupe... There are those moments when Creon and his troops let us feel the threat Medea felt; when the Corinthian women reflect with sardonic humor on women’s lives in the ancient world; above all, when the final slaughter is described in a choked scream, then You think this company can do almost anything well..."
- The New York Times
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