An edition of Playbill Magazine for the production of "for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf". The cover has a white background with yellow box at top; the illustration below depicts an African American woman wearing a yellow kerchief on her head and a yellow top. Behind the woman is a white tile wall with rainbow-colored writing reading [For/Colored/Girls/who have/Considered/Suicide/When/The/Rain-bow/is/Enuf]. Black type in yellow box at top reads, [PLAYBILL/THE BOOTH THEATRE] White sticker with image of a red elephant and [50¢] on back on back, handwritten [1977/B].
A red booklet of poems entitled, “for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf,” written by Ntozake Shange. The images in the booklet were illustrated by Wopo Holup. The booklet has a red cover with an illustration of a budding rose with feathers tied to the stem. The title text on the top of cover reads [FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE/ / WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF]. Below the title is the text [Ntosake Shange] and in the bottom right corner is the text [.95]. The booklet is twenty-six pages with a dedication page. On the frontispiece is an illustration printed in purple ink of Ntozake Shange in profile view with a rose dangling from her ear. At the bottom of the illustration is a large butterfly. The other illustration is on page twenty-four, and it is also printed in purple ink. It is a rose in a glass Pepsi bottle with three feathers lying at the base of the bottle. Along the spine is the text [for colored girls who have considered suicide / ntozake shange / shameless hussy press]. There is an inscription in red ink on the dedication page.
An illustrated poster for the choreopoem, “for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf,” by Ntosake Shange, featuring a painted, three quarters profile, upper body portrait of a young woman wearing a yellow head scarf, yellow tank top and gold and feather earrings. The portrait is of Ntozake Shange. She is standing against a white tile subway wall which has a single red tile stripe at the base of the wall. The main poster text is written in rainbow-colored, cursive, paint brushstrokes with simulated paint drips, and text reads, [For / Colored / Girls / who have / Considered / Suicide / When / The / Rain- / bow / is / Enuf]. In the top right corner is a box painted to appear like small tiles with white text against a dark red background that reads, [BOOTH THEATRE / 222 W. 45TH ST.] followed by a white, right pointing arrow. The artist's signature is in that bottom right corner, against a white tile.
An uncut printer's full print sheet of pages for the booklet of poems entitled “Some Men” written by Ntozake Shange. The images in the booklet were illustrated by Wopo Holup. The sheet is a cream color page that has been divided into forty-eight panels, twenty-four panels are right side up and the other twenty-four have been printed upside down. Each panel represents a page in the final booklet (2013.85.1). Most of the panels have poetry, an illustration or both printed on it. Several of the pages have illustrations depicting a table that holds a bowl, a picture frame and a lamp shaped like a woman, holding the lamp shade with one hand while holding the lightbulb in her mouth. Another set of illustrations depicts a table with a vase of flowers. Three pages resemble dance card pages, with filigree pattern borders with the names of dances listed followed by a blank lines. Several of these lines have been filled in script that reads [some men]. Four pages depict a picture frame, four pages have been filled in with illustrations of pink, orange, purple, blue and red flowers and four pages have illustrations depicting male figures pointing guns and female figures with their arms stretched out. All of the illustrations are references to lines of Shange's poems, many of which depict violence and sexual aggression towards women. At the center of the book are six entirely black pages and there are eight pages that have been left blank.