Yesterday I went to see the performance of Ntozake Shange’s famous choreopoem For Colored Girls who considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf at the Public Theater.
First off it was raining and windy that early afternoon, but it was nice inside. Plus I grab a bite inside before going to the show. The most surprising for me was that my seat was literally on the stage. The show was 90 minutes with no intermission.
I even noticed that D. Woods who was in Danity Kane played the lady in yellow and an actress in the lady in purple that speaks through sign language.
The performance was excellent from beginning to the end. There was music, there was songs, there was emotion in every scene. I laughed, I smiled and I cried. I especially cried when the lady in red tells the story of a woman beating by her husband and how he dangled the children out of the window to persuade her to marry him, after her response he let them go. The actress show the emotion, I felt it and believed that everyone felt the same way.
The most part was when they all say which was a famous line in the play: ” I found God in myself and I loved her fiercely.” It was deep and beautiful.
At the end, the band which were 3 women came out where one had to explain that on that day was the day Shange passed and we all gave a moment of silence.
When I came back downstairs, I noticed the sun shining bright. To me, it was like she was giving praise and loved us fiercely bu hearing her work come to life in the same place where it originally played.
I was deeply connected with the performance and the ability of knowing as a writer how to dig in your soul to tell a story.