Project1VOICE is presenting FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE/WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF by Ntozake Shange in partnership with the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA) on Monday, June 16, 2014 at the Harlem Hospital Pavilion at 506 Lenox Ave./Malcolm X Boulevard in New York City. The fourth annual 1VOICE/1PLAY/1DAY event celebrates what it means to be female in the 21st century, with a focus on empowering women and girls.
This international experience, which includes over 30 black theaters and diverse institutions throughout the world, will feature readings by prominent actors and local enthusiasts. Project1VOICE and NBLCA will present the flagship production in New York City, showcasing a star-studded cast under the direction of renowned actor and director Seret Scott. Actors participating in the NYC reading include Tony Award-winners Trazana Beverley, LaChanze, Adriane Lenox, Tonya Pinkins, Lillias White. Also featured are Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Brenda Braxton, Denise Burse Fernandez, Laurie Carlos, Hope Clark, Caroline Clay, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Elain Graham, Allison Williams Foster, Harriett D Foy, Marva Hicks, Janet League-Katzin, Barbara Montgomery, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Flor de Liz Perez, Stephanie Pope, Michele Shay, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Angela Robinson-Whitehurst, Roslyn Ruff, Flo Wiley, Michelle Wilson. The reading will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by author, journalist, and blogger Demetria Lucas, with author Terrie Williams, author and HIV activist Dawn Breedon, and HIV and health advocate Dr. Aletha Maybank.
2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the stage debut of FOR COLORED GIRLS… The seminal work of American literature uniquely combines poetry, dance and music—placing the African American female’s experience in America unapologetically at center stage. The Tony and Obie Award-winning play is a compilation of 20 poems, collectively called a “choreopoem.” Shange’s poetry expresses the struggles and obstacles that all women may face in their lives. It is performed by a cast of seven women characters, each of whom is only known by a color, such as Lady in Red. The women in the play learn to celebrate their beauty, their friendships, their scars, their successes, and their connection to something larger and divine. With vivid, lyrical language—specific in its pain and universal in its reach—FOR COLORED GIRLS… evokes feelings that continue to excite, inspire, and transform audiences around the world, four decades after becoming a Broadway sensation.
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Project1VOICE on this production of Shange’s , with such an impressive group of actors and partners,” said C. Virginia Fields, President and CEO of NBLCA. “The play continues to speak to the most challenging issues facing women; it is an important reminder in our continued fight against HIV and other health disparities and social barriers that have a disproportionate impact on women of color. FOR COLORED GIRLS… inspires us, celebrates women, and honors those who are committed to advancing social change.”
“The FOR COLORED GIRLS… Initiative celebrates and honors womanhood. This is a movement that seeks to empower, and to encourage good mental and physical health care practices among women and girls using art as the catalyst for ongoing conversations to ignite change,” said Project1VOICE Founder and CEO Erich McMillan-McCall. “This initiative is inspired by my mother—all mothers; what better way to celebrate and honor womanhood. Together, Project1VOICE with NBLCA and all our partners internationally will educate, enlighten, entertain, and save lives!”
Project1VOICE, in partnership with NBLCA, will use the staged readings of FOR COLORED GIRLS… to expand the conversation about the well-being of women and girls. For more information about 1VOICE/1PLAY/1DAY and other programs and events offered by Project1VOICE, visit www.project1VOICE.org. To find out more about the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc., visit www.nblca.org.
About FOR COLORED GIRLS…
Playwright Ntozake Shange (née Paulette Williams) attended Barnard College and UCLA, earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in American Studies. Her work as an educator, performer/director and writer draws heavily on her experiences of being a black female in America. Best known for her play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, other plays by Shange include A Photograph: A Study of Cruelty, Boogie Woogie Landscapes, Spell No. 7 and Black and White Two Dimensional Planes.
About Project1VOICE (Producer)
Founded by actor/producer Erich McMillan-McCall, Project1VOICE is a national organization whose mission is to strengthen and promote African American theater and playwrights through its innovative initiatives and approaches to audience development, volunteerism and community engagement, as well as fundraising. Project1VOICE focuses attention on the challenges confronting African American theaters and assists in providing solutions for sustainability and long-term institutional growth with programs that educate, enlighten and entertain. Project1VOICE seeks to preserve the legacy of African American theater and cultivate future generations of artists and arts patrons. What began as a grassroots organization for survival in response to the economic downturn of 2008-09 soon developed into a national initiative.
Celebrating its 4th successful year, Project1VOICE is an evolving and continuing voice for American theater. Key members of the Project1VOICE team are producer/production manager Gwen Gilliam, award-winning playwright and MOTOWN: The Musical director Charles Randolph-Wright and marketing consultant/producer Marcia Pendelton (Walk Tall Girl Productions). FOR COLORED GIRLS… is made possible with special permission granted by Samuel French.
About the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (Producer)
The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA), founded in 1987, is the oldest and largest national non-profit organization of its kind in the United States. NBLCA’s mission is to educate, mobilize, and empower African American leaders to meet the challenge of fighting HIV/AIDS and other health disparities in their local communities through advocacy and policy; capacity-building; technical assistance; awareness; testing and screening; and linkage to care. www.nblca.org
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