The Ensemble Theatre joins Project1Voice and a nation-wide collaborative in the stage reading of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange, Monday, June 16, 2014, 6:00PM, 3535 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002.
Directed by Wayne DeHart, and featuring actresses: Cynthia Brown, Rachel Dickson, Kimberly Hicks, Rita Hughes, Miss Pinky, Constance Washington, Samantha West
Over 30 African American theatre companies and diverse institutions will take part in this international experience featuring prominent and local actors. This year, marks the 40th anniversary of the stage debut of For Colored Girls…This seminal work of American literature uniquely combines poetry, dance and music—placing the African American female’s experience in America unapologetically center stage.
This year’s reading of For Colored Girls… is being used by several participating theatres as a platform to promote wellness for women and girls in the African American community and to expand the conversation about the well-being of women and girls by promoting literacy; providing access to health information and services; raising political awareness; and engaging in the arts. They are showing that theatre is more than entertainment; it can be a useful tool in educating, raising awareness, and bringing about a call to action.
The Ensemble Theatre has partnered with local organizations and professionals to provide testing and informational resources:
• AIDS Foundation Houston will provide testing before and after the reading.
• Houston Area Urban League will distribute information about affordable care enrollment.
• Dr. Marketa Wills and Psychotherapist Josephine Tervalon will provide information on mental health and emotional trauma.