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Cultural Center to sponsor free encore performance of For Colored Girls . . . on Feb. 14


In honor of Black History Month, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History will present a special free encore performance of the Charleston Stage Company’s (CSC) production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m., in the Norman L. Fagan West Virginia State Theater at the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston. The award-winning play was written by Ntozake Shange.

First produced in 1975, the play explores what it was like to be a woman of color in the 20th century. The playwright combines literary and theatrical styles to develop a unique medium that includes a series of monologues linked together by dance and music. Categorized as a “choreopoem,” the play is performed with minimal scenery and props.

The play is directed by Patricia Thomas, a resident of Ohio, who also co-directed the CSC production of The Colored Museum. The cast includes Patty Rosebourgh as Lady in Brown; Janelle Williams as Lady in Red; Jasmine Smith as Lady in Blue; Jai Dyer as Lady in Purple; Katara Sowell as Lady in Yellow; Olubnmi Kusimo as Lady in Green; and Pia Edmonds as Lady in Orange. Tiffany Wesley created the choreography and performs as a featured dancer, as does Brittany Triggs, a member of the Capital High School Dance Company.

For more information about the free Cultural Center performance of For Colored Girls . . ., contact (304) 558-0162.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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Caption: Patricia Rosebourgh and Olubnmi Kusimo as Lady in Brown and Lady in Green.

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Ginny Painter
Director of Public Information
West Virginia Division of Culture and History
The Cultural Center
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305-0300
Phone (304) 558-0220
Fax (304) 558-2779