A group of Morgan State alumni will be featured in a regional production of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” at Garrison Forest School’s Garland Theater from July 26-28. Presented by ArtsCentric, a theater company founded by Morgan alums, the program will donate a portion of proceeds from the production to House of Ruth Maryland for victims of domestic violence.
“This production is a tribute to ALL women. It’s about connecting with them in a very real, communal way,” says Kevin McAllister, 2004 MSU graduate, ArtsCentric Artistic Director and director of this edition of “For Colored Girls…” “It is a timeless piece because while it’s title addresses “colored” women, the piece itself speaks to the human condition examining topics such as friendship, betrayal, spirituality, lust, love loss, and compassion in a universal context that ALL people can relate to, especially in modern times when the ideas of race and prejudice still continue to divide.”
Founded by twelve aspiring young artists in 2003, ArtsCentric is an organization designed to bring quality artistic works and creative services to the community at large. Its members consist of artists, musicians, educators, composers, and playwrights.
“As a student at Morgan, I learned to embrace the many facets of my culture amongst peers who looked just like me,” says Andrea Albert, a 2005 Morgan graduate and former member of the MSU Choir. “Similar to my Morgan experience, in the play “For Colored Girls…” I relive the moments where each character, depicted by a color, embraces very different, but familiar situational and emotional aspects of our culture…as colored girls…women who are me.”
2003 graduate and “For Colored Girls” Lady in Blue Sequina DuBose says, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my participation in the journey that is “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf”. The music, dance, and poetry in the piece combine to create what I believe is a transformative experience for both performer and spectator. If my time in Morgan’s Choir taught me anything, it’s that there is nothing more powerful than music and art.”
ArtsCentric will also accept donations for House of Ruth Maryland’s wish list, which includes items such as toiletries, clothing, and non-perishables, and can be viewed at www.ArtsCentric.net.