Over 40 years old, ‘For Colored Girls’ carries themes for the #MeToo era / by Jerald Pierce

When the play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf” premiered in 1976, playwright and poet Ntozake Shange, a self-proclaimed black feminist, couldn’t have foreseen the #MeToo movement. But 42 years later, Art Gilliard sees something in common between the two eras.

“She was going through that creative period in the 1970s when women were beginning to feel free to express themselves,” Gilliard said. “The #MeToo movement right now is another sort of evolution in that same kind of energy.”

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