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

American Playhouse television adaptation

In 1982 the play was adapted for television on PBS station WNET-TV, as part of the American Playhouse.[24] The adaptation, directed by Oz Scott, was seen as a serious departure from the Broadway production.[25] A review by the New York Times states, "What Miss Shange prefers to call a choreopoem has been expanded into realistic settings that too often resemble the sanitized atmosphere of an episode of Good Times. The net result has been a considerable reduction in the work's emotional impact."[24] As a result, the television series is often seen as a diluted version of the original choreopoem.


  • Sarita Allen: Sechitaa
  • Trazana Beverley: Crystal (as Trazana Beverly)
  • Laurie Carlos: Georgetta
  • Gregory T. Daniel: Toussaint
  • Jackie Davis: Second Man in Subway
  • Pedro De Pool: Emcee
  • Lisa Henley: Naomi
  • Roger Hill: Second Man at Barbecue
  • Brent Jennings: First Man at Barbecue
  • Charles Johnson: Boy in Subway
  • Oliver Lake: Flute Player
  • Jack Landron: Bedroom Companion
  • Crystal Lilly: Sarah
  • Carol Maillard: Lu Anne (as Carol L. Maillard)
  • Ntozake Shange: Woman with baby girl

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