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WSD2017|For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf
 
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.

Exhibition

Professional Designers

United States of America

Marie Davis-Green

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf

Category: Set Design

Design Statement

African American playwright and spoken word artist, Idris Goodwin, directed the play finding common ground between his own work and that of Ntozake Shange. An exploration into the original roots of the playwright took us to small underground clubs on the outskirts of San Francisco, St. Louis, Chicago and NY. Combining poetry, dance and music of the 70’s we explored the task of recreating the alternative clubs where music and poetry were presented live on stage in experimental, improvisational form. Shange originally wrote the monologues as separate poems in 1974 and first performed it at the Bacchanal, a woman's bar, outside of Berkeley, California and later performed in the clubs of NY. The look and feel of clubs such as the CBGB club that opened in 1973 with layers of posters, graffiti and tagging was the textural backdrop we favored for the set design. An ensemble cast of 7 African American women examines what it is like to be of color and female in America through a similar textural journey from childhood games like sidewalk hopscotch to sexual discovery, rape and domestic abuse.

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Marie Davis-Green

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Email Address: marie.davis-green@coloradocollege.edu

Theatre Company Colorado College

The Premiere Date of Production 2015-11-17

The Premiere Space of Production Studio A

Author Ntozake Shange

Director/ Choreographer Idris Goodwin

Set Designer Marie Davis-Green

Lighting Designer Heidi Eckwall

Costume Designer Gypsy Ames

Sound Designer Idris Goodwin

Other Creative Collaborator/s Paul Martin , Technical Director