Green brings original choreography to 'Colored Girls'

The cast of Ntozake Shange's “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” presented by Techmoja Dance & Theatre Co., with director Kevin Green. Photo courtesy of Kevin Green

Published: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 9:03 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 9:03 a.m.

As someone with a background in movement, Wilmington director, dancer and choreographer Kevin Green was naturally drawn to Ntozake Shange's drama "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf."


What: “For Colored Girls Who Have
Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is
Enuf,” by Ntozake Shange. Presented by
Techmoja Dance & Theatre Co.
When: 8 p.m. March 7-8 and 3 p.m. March
Where: Red Barn Studio Theatre, 1122 S.
Third St., Wilmington
Tickets: $15
Details: 341-7860 or

Green's Techmoja Dance & Theatre Co. opens the show for a three-day run on Friday at the Red Barn Studio Theatre.

Called a "choreopoem" by its author, Shange's groundbreaking series of 20 monologues pairs dance with the stories of seven black female characters who deal with love, heartbreak and other thorny issues, often going to some very dark places but using occasional humor to lighten the mood.

Green, a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, created original choreography for the show.

"There is some movement, but there is some straight-up dance," he said.

Green said he's seen some versions of the play that have been hard to follow, so he wanted to bring a clarity of vision to the stage.

"We want to go to the theater to think, but we don't want to be lost," he said. "But it's an experimental piece, and I've definitely experimented."

Green's cast ranges in age from 20s to 50s. They are Regina McCloud, Adrienne DeBose, Charlon Turner, Sandra McClammy, Dierdre Parker, Thomasina Depp and Netta McKissick.

"For Colored Girls …" is one of the more unlikely Broadway hits. It ran for nearly two years and more than 700 performances from 1976-78. In a story from 2010, New Yorker theater critic Hilton Als noted Shange's influence on "black, female and queer playwrights," writing that, in her style, "the disenfranchised heard a voice they could recognize, one that combined the trickster spirit of Richard Pryor with a kind of mournful blues."

"It's about the female experience. Not every account they have of men is positive," Green said. "I've grown up in a family that's (full of) women, so I've seen it."

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