We took the time to speak with Jamesha Henderson about an upcoming play, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf”.
Tell us about “For Colored Girls”
for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf is a “choreopoem” written by Ntozake Shange. It consists of 21 poems that address many issues that transition time. These include unrequited love, sexual assault, abortion, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and HIV. The play has both feel good moments and moments of drama and pain that everyone in the audience can relate to.
When is the play?
Right now, we have 2 dates secured on our tour with three shows. The first two are on October 5, 2013 at the AUM Theatre. Showtimes are 2pm and 6pm. The 2pm show is a Mother/Daughter Matinee hosted by Eve’s Circle and is censored. The 6pm show is the Feature Showing Sponsored by MOCA Magazine and will present the show in its raw, uncensored form. The third show will be at Wallace Community College in Selma, AL. It is hosted by Journey to the Center of the Arts, The Women of Victory Network, and SOAR (Speaking Out Against Rape). This show will be the part of a conference addressing sexual assault. The show is at 6pm on October 19, 2013. We are also in negotiations to take the production to Auburn, AL, Newport News, VA, Atlanta, GA, and Tuskegee, AL.
What inspired the play?
Poetic Advisory, LLC decided to bring the production of for colored girls to Montgomery as a fundraiser for the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Culturefest. The production was presented at Troy University’s Davis Theatre on April 27, 2013. It was met with many accolades, which encouraged us to begin setting up this tour. Because of Domestic Violence being one of the subjects addressed in the play, we chose to begin the play in October because it is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
What else do you do?
Poetic Advisory™ LLC is a for-profit organization and publishing imprint. We offer event planning and coordination, facilitation of workshops, public speaking, event specific documents, including poetry, brochures, etc. Our imprint is looking to publish meaningful works of poetry and prose that evoke emotion and provoke positive action.
October is Domestic Violence Month. Is this a big issue in Alabama?
Domestic Violence is one of those taboo issues that run rampant everywhere, largely because no one talks about it. According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, on September 12, 2012, 987 victims were served in Alabama in one day. This is reflective of how often this happens in our state alone. Most Domestic Violence cases are not reported, of the ones reported, just like Sexual Assault, most of the offenders are not convicted. One reason is because the person withdraws their complaint (and usually returns to the situation).