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Mbari Mbayo Players The nucleus groups for the African Community Theatre are the Mbárí Mbáyò Players and the African Theatre Arts Workshop.

African Community Theater

The African Community Theatre (ACT), located in Ritchie Hall, increases exposure to and knowledge of the theatre heritage of African-Americans for students and local community residents of all ages. The program encourages area residents and students to participate
in its theatrical productions. Students enhance communication skills and gain awareness and appreciation of the African-American heritage as depicted through theatre.

The nucleus groups for the African Community Theatre are the Mbárí Mbáyò Players and
the African Theatre Arts Workshop. The Mbárí Mbáyò Players are in training for acting on stage, the African Theatre Arts Workshop serves to train students and community residents in various aspects of theatre. The goal of the African Community Theatre is to extend the knowledge of African creativity presented through theatre. The theatre is open to the participation of senior citizens, younger adults, and college and public school students.
If interested in poetry, costuming, acting or directing, the theatre would appreciate your participation.


Schedule of Events

African Community Theatre Presents:

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf

By Ntozake Shange


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.  It is a spellbinding collection of vivid prose and free verse narrative about and performed by Black women.  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.

Directed by Terence Spivey

Please note the Friday, April 11, 2014 date & time has been cancelled.

Play dates and show times are:

  • April 12 at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m.
  • April 13 at 2 p.m. (matinee only), doors open at 1:30 p.m.
  • April 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m.
  • April 26 at 2 p.m. (matinee), doors open at 1:30 p.m.; and 7:30 p.m. doors open at 7 p.m.
  • April 27 at 2 p.m. (matinee), doors open at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 at the door.  Kent State undergraduate students will be admitted for free*.  Parking is available at the rear of Ritchie Hall.  Additional parking is available at the Kent Student Center visitor lot on Summit Street.

Kent State University
African Community Theater
Oscar Ritchie Hall
Room 230
225 Terrace Drive
Kent, OH 44242


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

" A poignant, gripping, angry and beautiful work."- Time

*KSU Students may be able to attend the play for free, check out KSU's "Fee for Free Policy"

Please provide valid KSU identification and verify last four of banner identification at door.