Look to the rainbow
Ntozake Shange’s poetic play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf , which incorporates music and dance, explores the lives of seven women and their experiences with racism and oppression at the hands of white society and the men in their lives. The women, named after the colors of the rainbow, relate stories rife with violence and psychological distress, yet the play is ultimately uplifting. For Colored Girls opened at New York’s Public Theater in 1976, after runs at several smaller venues. Three months later, it opened at the Booth Theater — the second play by an African-American woman to make it to Broadway. In honor of Black History Month and the upcoming Women’s History Month in March, Tikia “Fame” Hudson, a student at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, directs two performances of For Colored Girls at Warehouse 21 (1614 Paseo de Peralta, 505-989-4423), on Friday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 28, at noon. Tickets, $15 (with discounts available), may be purchased from www.thescreensf.com and at the door; reservations can be made by phoning 806-206-22037. — J.L.