'Talking Art' With Diana Anita Allen

Mar 27, 2019

Diana Anita Allen
Credit Carolyn Martin / WVIK

The choreopoem For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, written by the poet and playwright Ntozake Shange, will be performed on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre in Moline. The term “choreopoem” was coined by Ntozake Shange in 1975 to describe her work, which combines poetry with dance and song.

Stories of love, loss, personal struggle, and empowerment are interwoven in this production which celebrates sisterhood and the power of sharing our life experiences with others. This work has the distinction of being just the second play written by a black female author to reach Broadway, following Lorraine Hansberry’s earlier work A Raisin in the Sun. Several generations of women have now come to age influenced by Shange’s creative and revolutionary work.

Local cast at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre

Listen to our conversation here with producer and director Diana Anita Allen about the details of the upcoming performance, the unique voice and writing style of Ntozake Shange, and about the Bridges Collaborative, a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage the Quad Cities community through positive intergenerational projects such as this.

The Playcrafters Barn Theatre is located at 4950 35th Avenue in Moline. The performances begin at 7:30 PM on both Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30, 2019. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at the door ($11 for card payments). Ticketing begins an hour prior to the performances at 6:30 PM. Everyone is welcome!