for colored girls

a new opera

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.

This production will be a fully staged show, in continuation of the development process which began in the Fall 2022 semester. 

Auditions will be held in the November casting cycle! Stay tuned for more updates and email with any questions/if you are interested in getting involved. We especially encourage women of color to reach out!

Performance Dates & Times

April 13, 2023 - 7:30pm

April 14, 2023 - 7:30pm

April 15, 2023 - 2:00pm

April 15, 2023 - 8:00pm


Davenport-Pierson Auditorium

Venue Accessibility: 
Lobby is accessible via building entrance by the north Elm Street gate. Upper seating level is accesible via lobby entrance. Lower seating and stage level is accesible via elevator in lobby.


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lady in red
lady in orange
lady in yellow
lady in green
lady in blue
lady in purple
lady in brown
standby for lady in orange/yellow
Daija Speight

Production Team

Musical Director
Katia George
Sound Designer
Bryn Scharenberg
Lighting Designer
Set Designer
Set Designer
Samantha Sims
Projections Designer
Costume Designer
Caroline Twyman
Musical Director
Stage Manager
Jeanine Tesori