Triad Stage

Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years

February 22 - March 5, 2017


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Wed, Feb 227:30pm
Thu, Feb 237:30pm
Fri, Feb 248:00pm
Sat, Feb 258:00pm
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Tue, Feb 287:30pm
Wed, Mar 17:30pm
Thu, Mar 27:30pm
Fri, Mar 38:00pm
Sat, Mar 48:00pm
Sun, Mar 52:00pm
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Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years

By Emily Mann, adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth

What an amazing couple of ladies Sadie and Bessie Delany are. Bound together by more than 100 years of life, love and laughter, they’re sharing their stories of an American century. From their childhood in NC to the Harlem Renaissance to the civil rights movement and beyond, these remarkable sisters will win you over with their warmth and wisdom. A visit with these two ladies is time well spent. From their bestselling book comes an engrossing story of family, faith and courage.

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Sadie Delany
Joy Lynn Jacobs
Bessie Delany
Olivia Williams

Creative Team

Elizabeth Flax
Scenic Designer
Natalie Taylor Hart
Costume Designer
R. Clare Parker
Lighting Designer
Miriam Nilofa Crowe
Sound Designer
Aimee Lynn Phillips
Stage Manager
Terence Orleans Alexander

News & Reviews Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years


‘Having Our Say’ traces living history of two sisters
Winston-Salem Journal
February 27, 2017

Here’s a tough assignment: two actors chat on stage about 100 years of their lives for 2 hours, and at the same time, keep the audience entertained. It’s a credit to the material, playwright Emily Mann’s script, Elizabeth Flax’s direction, a little technology and two anchored performances that Triad Stage’s “Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years” succeeds as well as it does. The show opened at Hanesbrands Theatre on Saturday night.

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‘Having Our Say’ relates 100 years through eyes of 2 sisters
Winston-Salem Journal
February 19, 2017

Triad Stage officially opens its intimate production of “Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years” on Saturday night, though preview options are offered prior to the opening. Shows at the Hanesbrands Theatre downtown continue through March 5. Based on the recollections of Bessie and Sadie Delany, two black sisters, “Having Our Say” started its life with a 1991 interview and article by reporter Amy Hill Hearth in The New York Times.

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Press Releases:

Triad Stage Presents Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years  February 22 – March 5, 2017
January 30, 2017

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