Professor of Theater and Africana studies Caroline Jackson Smith directed 10 Oberlin students in the groundbreaking “choreopoem,” for colored girls who’ve considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf. This collection of prose and free verse narratives by Ntozake Shange is accompanied by music and dance movements. The cast, wearing shimmering dresses representing the colors of the rainbow, shared Shange’s stories of black women, who, Jackson Smith says, remain in the periphery of the American story.
“for colored girls... is a celebration. It is a celebration of rebirth and healing. It works through trauma, hard times, struggle but ultimately celebrates the existence of black women as precious, powerful, and sacred.”
Photograph by John Seyfried
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35 miles west of Cleveland
Nearest Airport: CLE
9% in-state, 84% out-of-state,
7% from abroad
and 40+ theater & dance
productions every year
Oberlin graduates go on to earn
than alumni of other undergraduate colleges
Steinway grand pianos,
1,500 instruments of highest quality
in grants awarded to
students each year