[FOR] COLORED GIRLS… is an American classic. Ntozake is one of our great poetists. It broke many barriers in its writing in
the genre of choreopoem. It’s an enduring legacy because it gives voice
to women of color. At the time that it was originally done there was nothing
else like it on the stage there were no other images of black women on the stage
at that point in time and Ntozake broke through. It really speaks to the
soul of colored women and all of the barriers and things that we’ve had to
face growing up. It is a significant piece in many many ways. I know that Ntozake’s desire was for this piece to not be revived but reimagined and so in this
I really want to reimagine what that could mean and what this means in our
world today. This piece lets us know that these experiences that we are all
having, we’re not having alone we’re all having these experiences. What does it
mean to be a woman of color and specifically in this production what
does it mean to be a black woman? For me that my immediate response was the
authenticity, the edginess, the beauty, the profundity,
the rawness of the material. It was I mean through it and it was there through
every word and I notice that the words actually were dancing off the page.
That’s how it felt to me. We finally live in a society where we
can say what we want to say unapologetically
about who we are that we are not women to be stereotyped as angry black women,
bitter, or resentful. you know we celebrate who we are in all
of its beauty and complexities so I think that’s why it’s had such an
enduring legacy because everyone when they read it can find themselves in it and in
a time where they considered suicide or they considered “Can I handle this?” you
know. But also they move past that.