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Dec. 1, 2003
DH-03 TK 073
Contact: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


California State University, Dominguez Hills Stages
“ For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide
When The Rainbow Is Enuf”

CARSON, Calif. – The California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Theatre Arts Department and the Black Theatre Program present “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf,” Dec. 4 – 6 at 8 p.m. in the University’s Edison Studio Theatre. CSUDH alumna, Elveria Buford, guides the play in her directorial debut.

The play has received critical acclaim along with an Obie Award and Outer Critics Circle Award. “For Colored Girls…” also received Tony, Grammy and Emmy award nominations in 1977. The play is a compilation of poems that celebrate the survival of African American women in the face of despair and pain. “For Colored Girls…” was written by Ntozake Shange who is noted for her poetic and theatrical works that chronicle the plight of black women.

“What these women in the play have gone through definitely takes the love and support of God and ‘love of sisters’ to endure and evolve into a being of metaphysical splendor,” Buford said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to direct this play.”

Profile on the Director

Elveria Lynette Buford received her bachelor’s degree in theatre arts from Cal State Dominguez Hills in 2003. As a student she performed in many university productions, including “The Vagina Monologues” and “Miss Evers’ Boys,” also serving as the production’s assistant director, choreographer. In the latter production, she also starred as Eunice Evers.

Buford has worked with notable theatre outreach programs, including The New African Grove Theatre and the Teatro Dominguez theatre company. Buford has performed with the Tour Company and Mainstage at The Second City in Detroit. She has also served as the youth program director for The Matrix Theatre Company in Detroit. Buford is scheduled to direct a CSUDH production of “The Vagina Monologues” in February 2004.

“Elveria Buford is a talented young director with a fresh voice and vision regarding the issues of women in our society; particularly women of color, which makes her direction a perfect match for Shange’s dramatic poetry and form for audiences on our campus,” said Donis Leonard, artistic director for the CSUDH New African Grove Black Theatre Program. Buford acknowledges Leonard as her mentor and guide.

Tickets for the play are $5. Please visit the university Web site at www.csudh.edu for information on campus curriculum and activities. Learn more about upcoming events presented by the Department of Theatre Arts at www.csudh.edu/theatre/index.html.

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