for colored girls

a workshop reading

by Natalie Brown; adapted from the play "for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf" by Ntozake Shange

for colored girls

In 1976, the revolutionary choreopoem for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf opened on Broadway. A landmark piece in American theater and in the Black feminist movement, the piece explores themes including racism, sexism, love, violence, and identity through an ensemble of seven Black women, each of whom represent a color of the rainbow. 

This new musical adaptation sets the original text of the play entirely to music, culminating in a two act opera. With this reimagining, we aim to uplift and highlight the original piece in a new way, culminating in what is ultimately a celebration of the complexities of the Black female experience.

The show will be produced in three stages: a closed workshop reading in October, a concert reading in December (stay tuned for a ticket link), and a full production planned for April 2023. If you are interested in getting involved at any stage of the development process, please contact and We especially encourage women of color to reach out!

A note on casting: This series of readings has been precast, but we will be holding auditions for the April production in the NOVEMBER CASTING CYCLE. Stay tuned for more information! 

For all inquiries, please contact: 

Performance Dates & Times

December 2, 2022 - 7:30pm

December 3, 2022 - 7:30pm


Off Broadway Theater

Venue Accessibility: 
Building is accessible via a ramp at the main entrance. Seating and facilities are available on the main floor.

Patron Information

This performance is open to asymptomatic patrons with an up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination. Patrons should carry vaccination documentation and be prepared to show it if asked.

Yale-approved masks  are required for all audience members.


lady in red
lady in orange
lady in yellow
lady in green
lady in blue
lady in brown
Taylor Robin

Production Team

Musical Director
Stage Manager
Katia George
Sound Designer
Lighting Designer
Musical Director
Jeanine Tesori