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  • African Community Theatre Production Spring 2014

    African Community Theatre Spring Production

     

    Kent State University's African Community Theatre will premiere its production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf,a choreopoem by Ntozake Shange and directed by Terrence Spivey.

     

    This groundbreaking "choreopoem" modern day classic was first produced in New York City in 1975 with Henry Street Settlement and Joseph Papp Public Theatre and then made its Broadway debut in 1976.  For Colored Girls… was adapted for screenplay by Tyler Perry in 2010.  It is a spellbinding collection of vivid prose and free verse narratives about and performed by Black women. With twenty poems capturing the brutal, tender and dramatic lives of contemporary Black women, For Colored Girls... offers a transformative, riveting evening of provocative dance, music and poetry.

     New York Daily News wrote, "A triumphant event, filled with humor. Pure theatre."

    The Plain Dealer theatre critic, Tony Brown, gave the choreopoem a positive review: "Ntozake Shange's iconoclastic 1974 script isn't so much a play as a choreographed collection of emotionally charged, interrelated poems for multiple voices. It is a celebration of what it means to be black and female in the post-Civil Rights era, a funky parade of voices, music and dance, a jambalaya of joy and mystery and anger and heartbreak."   

    For Colored Girls…will open Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the African Community Theatre, room 230 Oscar Ritchie Hall.  The play dates are as follows:

    ·         April 11-13, 2014 and April 24-27, 2014

    Show times are as follows:

    ·         April 11 and 12, 2014 at 7:30 PM doors open at 7 PM

    ·         April 13, 2014 2 PM Matinee only doors open at 1:30 PM

    ·         April 24-26 at 7:30 PM  doors open at 7 PM

    ·         April 26 and 27, 2014 Matinee 2 PM doors open at 1:30 PM

    The African Community Theatre is located in Ritchie Hall (Room 230) at 225 Terrace Drive on the Kent Campus.  Tickets are $10 at the door.  Kent State undergraduate students may be admitted for free with their IDs.  Parking is available at the rear of Ritchie Hall.  Additional parking is available at the Kent Student Center visitor lot on Summit Street.

    About Director Terrence Spivey

    Spivey joined Kent State for the 2013-2014 academic year as a director-in-residence.  Since 2003, he has been the Artistic Director of the Karamu House, a historic performing arts center in Cleveland.  His work seeks to "educate, inspire and entertain diverse audiences in thought-provoking ways," he says.

    Spivey's full biorgraphy is available at www.kent.edu/cas/pas/communityandarts/director.cfm

    About the African Community Theatre

    Established in 1970, the African Community Theatre brings awareness and appreciation of the experiences of people of African descent as illustrated through theatrical performances.  The African Community Theatre welcomes community participation, regardless of gender, sexuality, race, class and/or ethnicity.  For more information about the African Community Theatre, visit www.kent.edu/cas/pas/communityandarts/african-community-theatre.cfm

Events happening in the Department of Pan African Studies

The Center of Pan African Culture is the programming arm of the Department of Pan African Studies, and exists to:

  • Promote the cultural traditions of African peoples as well as people of African descent living the the global African Disapora.
  • be the personal and intellectual development of its students.
  • "Inform students of their need to address the development of themselves, their institutions and their communities."-- Dr. Crosby

Departmental Calendar of Events

April Events

Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference April 10 & 11, 2014

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014
    •      Early Conference Registration 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Second floor ORH        
    •      Department of Pan-African Studies Open House 12 PM-3PM Second floor ORH
    •      Reception 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
    •      Student Performance "Under the Baobab Tree" 214 ORH 7 p.m.
  • Friday, April 11, 2014
    • Registration
    • Luncheon & Keynote Address
    • Presentations
    • Closing Address


DAVID JOHNSON – BFA thesis April 14-18, 2014

RECEPTION – April 17, 2014 room 134 Oscar Ritchie Hall Uumbaji Gallery

 

African Community Theatre Production: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf

a Choreopoem by Ntozake Shange

Directed by Terrence Spivey

Location: Room 230 Oscar Ritchie Hall

April 12,  2014 @ 7 PM 

April 13, 2014 @ 2 PM

April 24-26, 2014 @ 7 PM

April 26, 2014 @ 2 PM

April 27, 2014 @ 2 PM

OLGA ALEXANDER - NYC Artist - Paintings/installation April 22-May 9, 2014

RECEPTION – April 17, 2014 room 134 Oscar Ritchie Hall Uumbaji Gallery

Ebony Achievement Awards April 30, 2014  

Time and location to be announced