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.
“[The sisters] were absolutely precious.”
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.
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.