Genesee Forum Players Featured in TANYS Festival

‘For Colored Girls' Selected for Judge's Viewing

The Genesee Center for the Arts at Genesee Community College is proud to announce the Forum Players performance of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf,” by Ntozake Shange, will be one of the featured shows at this year’s Theater Association of New York State Festival (TANYS). A special performance is scheduled as part of the TANYS opening ceremony Friday, November 20, 2009 at the Stuart Steiner Theater.

TANYS officials came to Batavia and reviewed the show last month during its regular appearance at Genesee Community College. The performance is adjudicated or judged on various theatrical criteria such as believability of the acting, interpretation of characters, appropriateness of material and total impact of the performance. “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf” received high marks in various categories and was recommended by the judges for viewing at the upcoming TANYS Festival.

The show features a series of twenty poems, referred collectively as a "choreopoem." For Colored Girls is a breakthrough portrayal of African-American women's experiences in America, combining music, poetry and dance to celebrate their unique culture, while painting a poignant portrait of their terrible struggles. “For Colored Girls” is performed through a cast of nameless women, each known only by a color: "Lady in Yellow", "Lady in Red", etc. The poems tell stories of love, abandonment, domestic abuse and other issues faced by African-American women.

Directed by Ashley Bateman, a Batavia native and choreographed by Madia Cooper originally from Albany, Georgia. Forum Players cast members include: Anjelica Sistrunk, Lady in Brown, Syracuse, New York; Faith Horne, Lady in Green, Rochester, New York; Crystal Ray, Lady in Orange, Bronx, New York; Samara Brown, Lady in Blue, Bronx, New York; Nikole Marone, Lady in Red, Batavia, New York; and Nikkia A. Travis, Lady in Yellow, Rochester, New York.

“Only select shows throughout New York State were asked to be a part of TANYS,” Maryanne Arena, Director of Fine and Performing Arts at Genesee and producer of ‘For Colored Girls’ said. “It is quite an honor to have our own Forum Players recognized for their outstanding performances and scheduled for the opening ceremony of the Festival. This is another testament to the talent and quality of performing arts that is cultivated at Genesee.”

For complete details and registration on the TANYS Festival visit the website at www.tanys.org. The Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office will be open during the festival days, November 20-22, contact phone number (585)-345-6814.

General admission ticket prices: $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for students, senior citizens and Genesee faculty, and $3.00 for Genesee students with a valid ID. Advanced tickets are strongly recommended. Contact the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at (585) 343-0055 x6814, or by email at boxoffice@genesee.edu . The Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office accepts cash and checks only; credit cards are not accepted. For door-to-door directions, sent via email, visit www.genesee.edu.

For further information please go to: http://www.genesee.edu/news/articles/dspArticle/2777/.

 

Editor’s Note: A photograph of the cast of ‘For Colored Girls’ is available at: http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/ForColoredGirls.jpg

PHOTO CAPTION: The cast of ‘For Colored Girls’ will perform at the annual TANYS festival at Genesee Community College November 20-22. From left to right: Faith Horne, Lady in Green, Samara Brown, Lady in Blue, Anjelica Sistrunk, Lady in Brown, Nikole Marone, Lady in Red, Crystal Ray, Lady in Orange, and Nikkia A. Travis, Lady in Yellow.

 

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