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Ntozake Shange (1948 – 2018)

When Ntozake Shange, acknowledged worldwide as a master writer in many genres, left our world for a better place, she bequeathed for future generations an extensive body of work, including 15 plays, 19 poetry collections, seven novels, five children’s books, three collections of essays, a partial memoir, and major achievements in music and dance.

Her “choreopoem” for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf is Shange’s masterwork, acclaimed as a theater classic and acknowledged as foundational in the history of theater. Written in 1975, it combines the spoken word with poetry, music and dance. Much of her work was made or adapted for performance onstage, for it was theater where her radical explorations combining form and genre could be realized. Shange’s major contribution, the “choreopoem”, was a new theatrical genre she invented that incorporates the spoken word as a prominent element – thereby widening the creative palette and transforming theater.

The piece first opened on Broadway in 1976. It became a hit show and stands as the longest-running play by an African American writer in Broadway history.  It is also credited as the first feminist play to succeed on Broadway.  The play has been performed continuously ever since as part of the canon and was made into a major motion picture by Tyler Perry in 2010. A revival of for colored girls … produced by the Public Theater in 2019 received awards for best revival, musical composition, choreography, and more, including five Antonyo Awards, the 2020 Outer Critics Circle Award, two 2020 Lucille Lortel Awards, three Audelco “Viv” Awards, and “THE 2020 DRAMA DESK AWARD”.

A major Broadway revival is coming in 2021.

Dance We Do: A Poet Explores Black Dance, is the first work of Ntozake Shange published posthumously in 2020 by Beacon Press. Shange was an insightful dancer and choreographer. In Dance We Do she reveals her personal as well as an historical perspective of the roots of much of today’s American dance. The book chronicles for the first time some of the greatest and most influential dancers and choreographers of the latter part of the twentieth century. As a teacher and theorist, Shange charts the living history of Black dance, drawing on her own past to celebrate the Black body in movement and in art and the connection between body and brain. Her work was a precursor to racial justice movements of today as she demonstrated that Black bodies, Black minds and Black lives matter.

In this book, Shange exhibits a lifelong passion for dance akin to her passion for words. Indeed, critic Jennifer Dunning, author of Alvin Ailey: A Life in Dance, sees Ntozake Shange “a dancer first” who “writes of her art with passion and humor.” The book has been widely reviewed with acclaim and is currently available.

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Mother Courage and Her Children

Produced by Southern Repertory Theatre,

New Orleans, LA

Closed 1-25-2020

A Photograph, Lovers in Motion

Produced by the Negro Ensemble Company

Directed by Ifa Bayeza 

New York, NY

Closed 2-7-2020

Mother Courage and Her Children

Produced by Southern Repertory Theatre,

New Orleans, LA

Closed 1-25-2020

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A Photograph, Lovers in Motion

Produced by the Negro Ensemble Company

New York, NY

Closed 2-7-2020

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Closed Dec. 15, 2019 after 79 Sold-Out performances at the NY Shakespeare Festival Public Theater

Coming to Broadway in 2021

CELEBRATING TWO 2020 LUCILLE LORTEL AWARDS

The Public Theater—Outstanding Revival

Tony Leslie James—Outstanding Costume Design

THREE AUDELCO “VIV” AWARDS
Toni-Leslie James—Outstanding Costume Design 
Martha Redbone—Outstanding Musical Composer
Best Revival of a Play—-The NY Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater

FIVE “ANTONYO” AWARDS
Best Revival–The Public Theater
Best Featured Actor in a Play Off-Broadway–Okwui Okpokwasili  
Best Choreography—Camille A. Brown 
Best Costumes—-Toni Leslie James
Best Hair & Wig Design—Nikiya Mathis

THE 2020 OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
The Public Theater—Best Revival of a Play

THE 2020 DRAMA DESK AWARD 

Martha Redbone——–Outstanding Music in a Play

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