Having Our Say

Having Our Say

Having Our Say:
The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years

March 31 – April 24

By Emily Mann

Adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth

Directed by Jade King Carroll

103-year-old Sadie Delany and 101-year-old Bessie Delany were the daughters of a former slave, grew up in the Jim Crow South, lived in Harlem during its renaissance, and had professional careers as a teacher and a dentist, respectively. While they make dinner to remember their father’s birthday, the two sisters tell us the story of the last century, as they lived it. History at its most immediate, and poignant.

“Full-on, friendly and funny, yet deeply emotional.”
–The Hartford Courant


Having Our Say is a co-production with Long Wharf Theatre.

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All photos by T. Charles Erickson.


Jade King Carroll

Assistant to the Director
Nick Saldivar

Fiona Kyle

Set & Video Design
Alexis Distler

Costume Design
Karen Perry

Lighting Design
Nicole Pearce

Sound Design
Karin Graybash

Associate Projection Designer
Paul Piekarz

Stage Manager
Denise Cardarelli


Dr. Bessie Delany
Brenda Pressley

Ms. Sadie Delany
Olivia Cole


Principal Sponsor


Production Sponsor

robinson & cole

Assisting Production Sponsor

Konover Family Foundation

Restaurant Partner

The Russell