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Ms. Shange in 1977

in a production of “Where the Mississippi Meets the Amazon.”

 

She wrote the play

with Jessica Hagedorn and Thuiani Nkabinde,

who also performed it with her.

 

Photograph:

Marilynn K. Yee/The New York Times

 

Ntozake Shange, Who Wrote ‘For Colored Girls,’ Is Dead at 70

NYT

October 28, 2018

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/28/
obituaries/ntozake-shange-is-dead-at-70.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ntozake Shange    1948-2018

 

spoken-word artist

who morphed

into a playwright

with her canonical play

“For Colored Girls

Who Have Considered Suicide/

When the Rainbow is Enuf,”

 

(...)

 

Only 27 years old

when “For Colored Girls”

opened

at the Booth Theater

in 1976,

Ms. Shange

was a Broadway rarity

on two counts:

She was black

and she was a woman.

 

But her unconventional play

was a hit and nominated

for a Tony Award.

 

A series of searing

feminist monologues

for seven black

female characters

named for

the colors of the rainbow

— Ms. Shange herself

played the Lady  in Orange —

it inspired generations

of playwrights

coming up behind her.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/28/
obituaries/ntozake-shange-is-dead-at-70.html

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/10/29/
661676131/poet-and-playwright-ntozake-shange-dies-at-70

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/28/
obituaries/ntozake-shange-is-dead-at-70.html

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/tellmemore/2010/11/04/
131077872/i-am-a-colored-girl

 

https://www.npr.org/templates/
story/story.php?storyId=131069857 - Nov. 4, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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