A tie-in edition to the film adaptation of the 1975 classic is a passionate treatise on the black female experience in 20th-century America that includes the complete text, behind-the-scenes stage directions and two new poems. Movie tie-in.
This remarkable play debuted at Bacchanal, a women's bar near Berkeley, California, in 1975, and it made its way across the country to Broadway during the following year. It won the Obie award for the best Off-Broadway play of 1975. The play consists of a series of poems/monologues read by seven women who are identifiable only by the unique color each of them wears--red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and brown. The poems employ striking language and images of ******, abuse, and murder to demonstrate the oppressive ways men attempt to control women, but these disparaging images are balanced with a repeated theme of love and redemption, as the "colored girls" find the strength they need to endure in their collective kinship as black women. Ntozake Shange's powerful, poignant drama was among the first major works of theater to give a strong, specific voice to black women, and it is still widely respected and frequently performed more than 30 years later.