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Having Our Say
The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years

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

Copyright 2009 Cyclone Design inc.

In celebration of Emily Mann’s 20th anniversary season, we’re reviving one of our most-loved plays, which charmed McCarter audiences in 1995 before transferring to an award-winning Broadway run. Now, it's more powerful and healing than ever. Join us once again for a visit with Sadie and Bessie, the indomitable Delany sisters whose poignant and irreverent outlook on a transforming American landscape offers a life-affirming testament to legacy and hope. In our intimate Berlind Theatre, and in a new millennium, come witness this joyous play in a new light.
Adapted by multi-award-winning playwright and McCarter Artistic Director Emily Mann from the best-selling book by Sarah and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth, Having Our Say received 3 Tony nominations in 1995 and has since been produced internationally to critical acclaim. The play was turned into a television movie starring Diahann Carroll and Ruby Dee, earning a Peabody Award for Excellence in Television and a NAACP Image Award nomination. 


"Still Having Their Say!"
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- Anita Gates, 
  The New York Times
“The most provocative and entertaining family play to reach Broadway in a long time”
The New York Times  
“A window on a world now lost, full of love, a little pain and a wondrous deal of hope.”
The New York Post  
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(From left to right)
Yvette Freeman; Lizan Mitchell;
Playwright/Director Emily  Mann
Set Design Daniel  Ostling
Costume Design Karen  Perry
Lighting Design Stephen  Strawbridge
Original Music & Sound Design Rob Milburn and  Michael Bodeen
Projection Design Wendall K.  Harrington
(Click on name to view Bio)
Location: Berlind
Seating Chart
Dates: Sep 11 2009 - Oct 18 2009
Run Time:
Time: Tue - Thur - 7:30pm
Fri - 8:00pm
Sat - 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sun - 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Photo Gallery
Audience Guide
View Trailer
Dialogue on Drama
Schedule Reminder
8/27 Live at the Library
9/17Opening Night
9/20 Dialogue on Drama Performance
9/23 Post-Performance Discussions
9/24 Pride Night Party
9/25 After Hours Party
9/27 Post-Performance Discussions
10/10 Open Captioned Performance
10/17 ASL Interpreted Performance
10/18 Audio Described Performance

Dear Patrons,

When I arrived at McCarter in 1990 for a three-year appointment, how could I have known I would stay for 20 years, or that the reason for my decision was in great part due to my falling so deeply in love with this audience?

New Jersey State Council on the Arts
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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