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beyond the rainbow: Court Community Conversations

In conjunction with our production of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf, Court Theatre is presenting beyond the rainbow: Court Community Conversations, a series of curated, community-focused events allowing participants to engage with the themes in Shange’s work in a variety of ways.


a laying on of hands: An Opening Ritual | March 14 from 5:30 – 7:00pm | McCormick Theological Seminary (5460 S University Ave, Chicago, IL 60615)

An opening ceremony preceding our first preview with spiritual leaders from the South Side in partnership with McCormick Theological Seminary and the Lutheran School Theological Seminary. Free and open to the public. Online registration coming soon.


dark phrases of womanhood: Dramatists Guild Panel | March 24 at 4:30pm | Court Theatre (5535 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637)

Members of the Dramatists Guild will discuss Ntozake Shange’s influence on their own work as female playwrights of color in this post-show discussion. Free and open to the public.


sing your song: An Open Mic Night | April 1 at 7:00pm | Court Theatre (5535 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637)

An open mic on the set of For Colored Girls celebrating original work and personal anecdotes about the play by women of color. Free and open to the public. Online registration coming soon.


there wuz no air: A Community Conversation | April 5 at 9:15pm | Court Theatre (5535 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637)

A post-show panel discussion for men and boys to discuss the trauma of men in the black community, in partnership with 100 Black Men. Free and open to the public.


Spotlight Reading Series: A Tribute to Ntozake | April 8 at 6:30pm | Experimental Station (6100 S Blackstone Ave, Chicago, IL 60637)

A reading of Shange’s play, Boogie Woogie Landscapes, about the dreams and memories of a young, black woman as part of Court’s Spotlight Reading Series. Light refreshments catered by Exquisite Catering. Free and open to the public. Learn more →


Exelon South Side Youth Performance Fest Presents “FCGirls Project” | April 9 at 7:00pm | Court Theatre (5535 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637)

The second act of the annual Exelon South Side Youth Performance Fest will be dedicated to student work engaging with For Colored Girls as part of Court’s FCGirls Project. A post-show reception at the Smart Museum of Art will include catering by Piccolo Mondo. Free and open to the public. Learn more →


loving her fiercely: A Day of Wellness for Women of Color | April 13th from 11:00am – 4:00pm | Location To Be Announced

Meditation, visual art, and wellness techniques combine for this day-long wellness event for women of color, featuring massage, reiki, and a vendor fair of female-run businesses promoting a holistic and healthy lifestyle. Free and open to the public. Online registration coming soon.

For Colored Girls is sponsored by

The Sidley Austin Foundation

Photo of Alexis J. Roston, Patrese D. McClain, Melissa DuPrey, Angelica Katie, and Melody Angel by Joe Mazza.

Posted on February 6, 2019 in Productions