Performance produced by R.O.P.E. World, developed by playwright/director Yvette “Jamuna” Sirker, MFA, and Nakeida Bethel-Smith
Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, 7 p.m.
ENUF! is a multi-disciplinary theatrical work based on the true-life stories of twelve young women of color from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, who perform their own narratives in song, dance and story.
Inspired by the OBIE Award- winning play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, by Ntozake Shange, ENUF! was developed by playwright, director and teaching artist Yvette “Jamuna” Sirker and poet and spoken word artist Nakeida Bethel-Smith, in collaboration with twelve young participants from the Rites of Passage and Empowerment (R.O.P.E.) program, founded by community leader Shirley Edgerton. R.O.P.E.’s mission is to engage young women of color in arts-based educational activities to promote positive youth development and leadership skills.
The “ENUF!” development process involved a six-month training program designed by Sirker and Bethel-Smith, which include classes in acting, dance and creative writing. Throughout the process, Sirker and Bethel-Smith guided the young women in the process of turning their life stories into a multi-disciplinary theatrical work. With choreography by Marla Robertson,stage direct by Dawn Monique Williams and original music by Jerome Edgerton, performed live by the Youth Alive Band, “ENUF!” premiered to great acclaim as a Barrington Stage Company production at St. Germaine Theater with funding from Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, and is now on tour in Western Massachusetts.
Playwright, director, producer, choreographer and teaching artist, Yvette Jamuna Sirker’s work has been seen Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, in regional theaters, colleges and universities across the US. Awards include MultiStages Theater Company New Works Contest, Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting, Epic Theater Center Sunshine Series and National Endowment for the Arts development grants. She is a member of Dramatists Guild of America, Actors Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild. Playwright residencies include Montalvo Arts Center, Santa Fe Art Institute and A Studio in the Woods. Ms. Sirker serves as Adjunct Professor in Berkshire Community College’s Division of Humanities. She holds a B.A. in English from Cornell University and an MFA in Acting from NYU.
Nakeida “Lady Nakeida” Moria Bethel-Smith is a poet, community activist, writing coach and spoken word artist. She is also theOutreach Educator for the Elizabeth Freeman Center. Her mission is to utilize her skills to empower young ladies, with a focus on young ladies of color, by helping them find and share their writing and spoken voices.