Special Production of “For Colored Girls…” Raises Thousands for L.A. Women’s Center

Five sold-out performances in February and a nearly sold out encore on March 3 of the CSU Dominguez Hills Department of Theatre and Dance and the Black Theatre Program production of Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” raised $3,590 for the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) in Los Angeles.

Donis Leonard, associate professor of theatre arts, and Stew Christie, technical director and theater manager, will be presenting the center with the gift later this week.

“Thank you all so much, again, for collaborating on this outreach community project,” Leonard said. “The best part of all of this (other than helping women from the Center), is that we did it all together.”

The production was put on in partnership with the Black Faculty and Staff Association, the Center for Service Learning, Internships, and Civic Engagement.

The all-student cast included:

Melissa Mack (senior, theatre arts) as the Lady in Yellow

Jocephyne Marshall (freshman, theatre arts) as the Lady in Purple

Catalina Cook (senior, English) as the Lady in Blue

Jill Jackson (senior, theatre arts) as the Lady in Brown

Teela Caldwell (graduate student, public management) as the Lady in Red

Courtney Marshall (sophomore, negotiation, conflict resolution and peacebuilding ) as the Lady in Green

Mariah Walsh (sophomore, theatre arts) as the Lady in Orange

Photos from the show are below:

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  1. Thank you so much for organizing this production, Professor Leonard! It’s great to have the support of community members like you, and it really makes a difference in the lives of the women we serve at the Downtown Women’s Center. Best, Audrey

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