Sunday, February 15, 2009

Ntozake Shange's Choreopoem "for colored girls who have considered suicide" to Open in LA

Alexia Robinson Studio
Celebrates Women with Opening of
"for colored girls who have considered suicide/
when the rainbow is enuf"

Ntozake Shange's Famous Choreopoem
Opens February 27 in Burbank, CA

For Colored Girls Cast
What better month to open Ntozake Shange's famous chorepoem, "for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf" than during the month of February, a month celebrating both love (Valentine's Day) and Black history. A stage play originally conceived in 1975, "colored girls" has timelessly enraptured audiences for decades now, with its explosive song, poetry and dance illuminating the soul and essence of the 'colored' woman. Passion, drama, comedy and pain paint the visions, confessions and revelations of seven actresses known only by the various colors of the rainbow in the poignant production.
"for colored girls who have consider suicide when the rainbow is enuf" opens Friday, February 27 through March 29 for a four week run at the Alexia Robinson Studio ( formerly known as the Historic Third Stage Theater) located at 2811 West Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank, CA. Show times are 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with matinees on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased online at or by calling 323-960-5775.
Alexia Robinson "colored girls" is a dynamic celebration of womanhood that can be embraced by all. A directorial debut for Alexia Robinson, founder and co-owner of the Alexia Robinson Studio, she performed in the play during the '80's as the Lady in Orange. The experience left her forever changed.
"I felt if I was going to direct something, it would need to be something close to my heart and something that I know extremely well. We all leave the rehearsals exhausted, because it is important to us to tell the story truthfully and honestly. We are all going on this special journey together. We share tears and joy on a daily basis during this process. I can only hope that I give and share the same and continue to assist in dreams becoming a reality," reveals Robinson, who's credits include Alex Perez on "The Young & the Restless," "CSI Miami," Eddie Murphy's "Nutty Professor" and Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Total Recall."
The play stars Marlo Denise Stroud (Lady in Red), Andean Nicole Banks (Lady in Orange), Jahmela Biggs (Lady in Purple), Tonya Harris (Lady in Green), Madia Hill (Lady in Yellow), Deja Lewis-Smith (Lady in Brown), Tiffany Snow (Lady in Green), Char White (Lady in Purple Understudy), and Shoneji Loraine (Lady in Blue). Ashlee Katrice, whose credits include "Purlie Victorious" and "Vagina Monologues," choreographed the production. Gary Levingston is the executive producer for "colored girls" and co-owner of the Alexia Robinson Studio.

Alexia Robinson Studio ( ) services include scene study classes for kids, teens, and adults and has been lauded as one of the top schools for actor training. The intimate 52-seater is a flagship institution in the theater community that provides opportunities for the international community to witness fine art into the next millennium. The studio has been featured in the LA Times and on E! Entertainment.

Don't miss "for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf." These ladies of color will paint a rainbow you will never forget. Confirm your ticket at
Cast Photo, Left to Right:
Top Row: Tiffany Smith (Lady in Green), Shoneji Loraine (Lady in Blue), Char White (Purple Understudy), Tonya Harris (Lady in Green)
Middle Row: Deja Lewis-Smith (Lady in Brown), Alexia Robinson (Director), Madia Hill (Lady in Yellow)
Bottom Row: Andean Nicole Banks (Lady in Orange), Marlo Denise Stroud (Lady in Red), Jahmela Biggs (Lady in Purple)

Photo Credit for Cast:
Photo Credit for Alexia Robinson: Kevin Major Howard

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