In this independent study I will be analyzing Ntozake Shange's play for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf (1976) and Tyler Perry's film adaptation For Colored Girls (2010). Shange's play came out in 1976 and would have been seen by an audience that was being influenced by the Women's Liberation Movement and Black Power Movement. The film version, For Colored Girls, hit theaters in 2010 and was viewed by an audience who faced an entirely different set of social issues which still include race, class, and gender, but also address homosexuality and sexually transmitted diseases. Each version reflects on social periods of their time. I will analyze the shift in form between the play and film and what the possible repercussions become of that shift. For example, Shange's message within the play seems to be directed toward women. On the contrast, Perry's message within the film directs toward men and women.


Noriega, Jimmy


Theatre and Dance


Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theory


women's movement, feminism, black theatre and film

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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