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4th Wall Theatre Celebrates Black History Month with "Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years"

4th Wall Theatre

Monday, January 21, 2013 • 2:36pm

4TH Wall Theatre celebrates Black History Month with the award-winning "Having Our Say: the Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years."  The play was adapted by Emily Mann of New Jersey’s McCarter Theatre, from the book of oral history by Sarah "Sadie" L. Delany and A. Elizabeth "Bessie" Delany with Amy Hill Hearth.  Of the play, the New York Post said, “Do see 'Having Our Say'—it is a window on a world now lost, full of love, a little pain and a wondrous deal of hope."

The show features Mimi Francis of North Brunswick, New Jersey, as Sadie Delany and Gwen Ricks-Spencer, formerly of Montclair, as her sister Bessie. 

Jeremy Gold Kronenberg returns to 4th Wall to direct.  He previously helmed the group’s Musicals-in-Development production of Wicked Moon.   Kate Swan of Teaneck and Kathi Iannacone of New York serve as Co-Production Managers and Martha Thalheimer of Glen Ridge serves as the Stage Manager. 

"Having Our Say" begins in the Mount Vernon, New York, home of 103-year old Sadie and 101-year old Bessie Delany, as they prepare a celebratory dinner in remembrance of their father's birthday. The two sisters take the audience on a remarkable journey through the last hundred years of our nation's history, recounting a fascinating series of events, from the 1890s through the entire 20th century, with anecdotes drawn from their rich family history and careers as pioneering African-American professionals.  Their story is not simply African-American history or women's history.  It is American history, told through the eyes of two unforgettable women as they look not only into the past, but also ahead into the twenty-first century.

"Having Our Say" will play at the Westminster Center for the Arts on the campus of Bloomfield College in Bloomfield and has a limited run—Feb. 21, 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. and a matinee on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets are only $22 with discount tickets available for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973-748-9000 ext. 1279. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are accepted.  Tickets may also be purchased online and additional information is available at www.4thwalltheatre.org

4th Wall’s season continues on Friday, March 23 with a one night only fundraising concert entitled "Broadway Barely Legal: Are You Even Old Enough to Sing That?" and ends in June with the Ahrens and Flaherty’s first musical together, "Lucky Stiff."

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