"Look! A rainbow!" I pointed out to a crowd of children at the North Carolina Zoo recently. The geyser had shot up out of the ground and there in the midst of the mist and against a brilliant blue sky was a rippling rainbow. It took a while for the little ones to really see it, but then the saucer eyes, the singing and dancing that followed ... they truly witnessed magic.
Ntozake Shange's electric choreopoem For Colored Girls... is a sequence of 20 monologues set to music illuminating the struggle of African-American feminism. Originally produced in Los Angeles in 1975 as an experimental play, its cast of seven "colored" women (wearing colors of the rainbow) created an entirely different but no less powerful kind of magic—with stories of incest, neglect, abuse and other trials facing the modern black woman. It's not for the faint-hearted, and it's not recommended for those under 16. For this show, co-produced with SheCow Productions, Burning Coal brings in N.C. Central adjunct professor Karen Dacons-Brock to direct. Performances are Thursdays–Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through May 20. Tickets are $20, or $15 for students and seniors; Thursday show are $10. —Christina Cass