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Jasmine Guy, Robin Givens, Nicole Ari Parker In For Colored Girls

Jasmine Guy is directing the theater revival For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange. In an interview with Essence, Jasmin Guy reveals why she handpicked Robin Givens and Nicole Ari Parker to star in this new stage production of the play.


ESSENCE.COM: What attracted you to Robin Givens and Nicole Ari Parker to add them to the cast?

I knew the talent that I already had and with the new infusion of Nicole and Robin it was a great fit. Nicole lives in Atlanta and had come to all the plays I’ve done. I loved her energy, joy and accessibility, and as an actor I knew she could handle the material since she came from theater. She was stunning and untouched by that and her spirit was soaring. With Robin, I didn’t know her, but just knew of her. I thought she needed this like I needed it. I told her to do this for herself so she could have the experience and be awakened. She answered the call and that moved me. We don’t gain anything without taking risks in our lives. As actors, we can work on a shallow level and be accepted as good. But I want to be great like the women I respect in the field, and all of them have come from theater, from Angela Bassett to Ruby Dee.

Read more of the interview at Essence.com

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