Last night I went to the opening of the True Colors Theatre Company of For Colored Girls… here in Atlanta at the Southwest Arts Center. I went as the guest of my friend John who is a judge with the Suzi Bass Awards, which honors the works of Atlanta theatre.
The Southwest Arts Center is a beautiful facility located in the southwest (duh) section of Atlanta. For those of you unfamiliar this area is mostly an affluent, African-American community. You pass some really nice homes on the way there. The center has an auditorium as well as galleries for visual art.
After a snafu with the tickets (sometimes that happens when you are riding for free), we were let in right at curtain time.
Overall, the ladies, directed & choreographed by Jasmine Guy, did a fantastic job. Robin Givens (Lady in Orange) & Nicole Ari Parker (Lady in Purple) are given top billing and while they were better than I expected, the other actresses were the standouts. Yakini Horn, who I haven’t seen since she was a little girl & only knew her as “Folami’s daughter”, was the Lady in Blue. A lifelong African dancer, she tore the choreography up! Crystal Fox, best known for her time on In The Heat of the Night (which is always on TV; no matter what time you turn it on, or what city you are in), was my favorite of the night as the Lady in Red. Danielle Deadwyler (Lady in Yellow) and Nevaina Rhodes (Lady in Green) round out this fabulous cast, as well as Omelika Kuumba, an accomplished African drummer, on percussion.
I didn’t know it was opening night and there were a lot of local celebrities and politicians there. Tyler Perry was four seats away from me and Pearl Cleage was three rows in front of me.
If you are in Atlanta or will be visiting any time before August 9Th, make sure to fit this wonderful performance into your schedule.