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Beyond the Production: "The Color Purple"

Further Resources

Helpful overviews & study material

  • Alice Walker - The Color Purple (Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism), Dr Rachel Lister, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
  • Alice Walker's The Color Purple (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations), ed. Prof. Harold Bloom, New edition 2008
  • A Study Guide for Alice Walker's The Color Purple (Novels for Students) by The Gale Group
  • Studies in Alice Walker's 'The Color Purple', Shymasree Basu, Booksway, 2014
  • From Walker to Spielberg: Transformations of 'The Color Purple, Joan Digby ed. Peter Reynolds, London: Routledge, 1993
  • Go Ask Alice: Alice Walker Talks About The Color Purple 10 Years Later, Kate Fitzsimmons, San Francisco Review of Books, 1996
  • Coffee Will Make You Black by April Sinclair deals with the Civil Rights movement and growing up as an African-American girl in 1960s Chicago
  • Maya Angelou’s autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings makes an interesting true life comparison to Celie’s experiences
  • For a masculine view of the African-American identity, read Alex Hayley’s Roots, which recounts Hayley’s successful quest to trace his family roots back to Africa

Behind the Scenes: Costumes, Set & Wigs

Kara Harmons Early Designs For Celie In The Color Purple

Costume Designer Kara Harmon's early designs for Celie.


Miss Celie's pants!


Carpenter Christian Cheker installs some of the last of 200 planks onto the louvered panels that make up the back wall of the set.


Wig supervisor Jessica Miller prepares wigs for "The Color Purple".

Costume Shop

Cutter/Draper Eva Steingrueber-Fagan and Costume Designer Kara Harmon discuss adding a buckle to a Shug Avery costume.

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