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Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters' First 100 Years

May 5 - June 10, 2018

Two strong, vibrant women dispensing joy and wisdom

Chicago Tribune

Why See Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters' First 100 Years?

The stage adaptation of the best-selling novel

Based on the 1993 New York Times bestselling novel by Sarah "Sadie" L. Delany and A. Elizabeth "Bessie" Delany with Amy Hill Hearth, this stage biopic of the iconic sisters' unconventional life, civil rights movement and memories of their former slave father, who went onto to become the first African American Bishop in the Episcopal Church is a must-see for fans of the book, and for those who are passionate about social history. As the sisters prepare a meal in honor of their late father, they recall the various events and the famous figures who shaped their lives over the past 100 years.

Living history as told by those who lived through it

The book originally came out of a feature interview conducted by journalist Amy Hill Hearth in 1991; prior to this, the two sisters were largely forgotten by history. The huge interest in their oral history became fevered; two years later the book expanded on this. The play will follow their reminiscences from growing up in the Jim Crow South, living through the Harlem Renaissance and rising to huge professional prominence in their twilight years and denouncing the everlasting problem of racism in the country.

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Opening night: 5 May 2018

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Suitable for ages 10+

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Written by Emily Mann
Directed by Chuck Smith

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