Trazana Beverley

February 01, 2013

Tony Award-winning actress headlines production

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Tony Award wining actress Trazana Beverley will guest direct the Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Department of Theater’s upcoming production of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.”

The SIU Carbondale production runs at McLeod Theater in the Communications Building Feb. 21-24.  Performances are at 7:30 p.m., except for the Feb. 24 performance, which is a 2 p.m. matinee. 

Beverley is quite familiar with the play.  She earned the 1977 Tony Award for Best Actress for her Broadway performance in the production.  She holds critical acclaim for her multi-faceted skill set, including singing, acting, writing, and directing.  A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts, Beverley is now, in addition to a theater professional, a regular guest directing artist at the Juilliard School in New York City.  As an actress, she has tackled roles from classical to Shakespearean to modern, and has done much the same as a director.  She showcases her music talent in music theater productions and also in one-woman shows.

Tickets for the SIU Carbondale production are $16 for adults, $6 for students.  They are available in advance at the McLeod Theater and Shryock Auditorium box offices, online at or by calling 618/563-6000.  Tickets are also available at the door beginning one hour before each performance.