“Director Seret Scott, who was part of the original Broadway cast, infuses the script with vitality, prescience, and universality… It is impossible to overstate how talented this entire cast is.” —Sheri Flanders, Chicago Reader, Highly Recommended
“The entire cast feels carefully curated. Rich inner lives reside in a public space.” —Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, ★★★★
A sisterhood of eight women tell their stories through dramatic prose poetry, music, and movement. Told in vivid language, their experiences resound with fearless beauty and unity, despite exposing the unending challenges and oppressions that women of color face every day. Director Seret Scott (Native Son) returns to playwright Ntozake Shange‘s cherished work after performing as a member of the original Broadway cast from 1976-1978. She will inspire new audiences with this series of stories that still resonate profoundly forty years later.
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Estimated running time: 90 minutes, presented without intermission.
Articles and Interviews
Spotlight Reading: Boogie Woogie Nights
Monday, April 8: A reading of Ntozake Shange's choreopoem about one night of dreams and memories from a young, African American woman.
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.