On June 16, over 30 cultural institutions will participate in an international salute to African-American theatre with staged readings of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow is Enuf” by Ntozake Shange. This initiative is helmed by Erich McMillan-McCall of Project1VOICE, a New York-based non-profit service organization for the arts.

Directed by Deidra LaWan Starnes, African Continuum Theatre Company’s installment will be presented on June 16, at 7:30 pm at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in N.E. D.C. The cast includes Lolita Clayton, Ayanna Hardy, Paige Hernandez, Karen Lawrence, Bina Malhotra, Mary Miller, Natalie Tucker, Katherine Turner, and Tara Yates-Reeves. There will be a short post-show discussion with the cast and audience members about the female experience, and how the arts can contribute to social justice. As a public service, community partner Community Education Group will provide a van with free HIV and Hepatitis-C testing in the nearby H Street corridor.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by visiting FCG Tickets, or by contacting the Atlas Performing Arts Center Box Office at 202-399-7993.