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Tyler Perry out of drag for 'Colored Girls'

September 4, 2009 | 12:47 pm

Tyler Tyler Perry, who often appears in drag as the gun-toting grandmother Madea in his movies, will adapt the 1975 groundbreaking play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is  Enuf" for the big screen.

Perry will produce, write and direct the film for Lionsgate, which plans to release the movie next year.

The Obie-winning play by Ntozake Shange, is structured as a series of poems spoken by female characters, addressing issues of love, abandonment, rape and abortion.

The latest film by Perry, "I Can Do Bad All by Myself," in which he appears as Madea, opens next weekend.

-- Greg Braxton

Photo: Tyler Perry at the opening of "Madea Goes to Jail." Credit Peter Kramer / Associated Press