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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf 

A unique award-winning tale of the African-American woman's journey in America.


Oz Scott


Ntozake Shange (play), Ntozake Shange (screenplay)

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Episode credited cast:
Sarita Allen Sarita Allen ... Sechita
Trazana Beverley Trazana Beverley ... Crystal (as Trazana Beverly)
Laurie Carlos Laurie Carlos ... Georgetta
Gregory T. Daniel Gregory T. Daniel ... Toussaint
Jackie Davis Jackie Davis ... Second Man in Subway
Pedro De Pool Pedro De Pool ... Emcee
Lisa Henley Lisa Henley ... Naomi
Roger Hill ... Second Man at Barbecue
Brent Jennings ... First Man at Barbecue
Charles Johnson Charles Johnson ... Boy in Subway
Oliver Lake Oliver Lake ... Flute Player
Jack Landron ... Bedroom Companion
Crystal Lilly Crystal Lilly ... Sarah
Carol Maillard ... Lu Anne (as Carol L. Maillard)
Ntozake Shange ... Woman with baby girl


A unique award-winning tale of the African-American woman's journey in America.

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Release Date:

23 February 1982 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "For Color Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf" by Ntozake Shange opened at the Booth Theater in New York on September 15, 1976, ran for 742 performances and was nominated for the 1977 Tony Award (New York City) for the Best Play. Trazana Beverley (won the 1977 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Play), Laurie Carlos and Ntozake Shange recreated their stage roles in this filmed production. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Devil Fish (1998) See more »

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I enjoyed being in this film.
2 November 2008 | by phteSee all my reviews

Paul Anderson was a Jazz Studies student at the Univ. of Miami. He made the audition, and got to share the jazz club scene with Oliver Lake. It was a great learning experience for me because Oliver was insistent we keep the integrity, the vibe, and the standards high. I'm the alto sax player next to Mr. Lake. The actors in the audience were very responsive to what we were doing, even when the camera wasn't rolling. I had to stretch my playing concept to attempt to connect musically with Mr. Lake, and I'm glad the director gave us the time to really find something. I had no idea the final project was going to reach such a wide audience. I hope the message of the film continues to resonate and have impact today. Best regards Paul Anderson KJZZ , Phoenix

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