La Jolla continues its 50th Anniversary season with Emily Mann's Tony Award-nominated play, Having Our Say September 9-October 19.The theatre is currently celebrating with the West Coast premiere of Jonathan Larson's Rent (thru Sept 13).
Having Our Say is the true story of Bessie and Sadie Delaney, two African-American sisters whose lives span over a century. While preparing dinner one evening, the two sisters reminisce, trading anecdotes about their rich personal histories.
The sisters' story was first told in the 1993 book, Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters' First 100 Years, which spent 18 weeks on the New York Times' Bestseller List. In 1995, the show premiered at Princeton's McCarter Theatre (where adapter Mann has served as Artistic Director for the past seven seasons) before making its way to Broadway's Booth Theatre, where it ran for nine months and garnered a Tony Award nomination for Best Play.
The upcoming production will be directed by Loretta Greco, marking her directorial debut at La Jolla Playhouse. The roles of Sadie and Bessie Delaney will be played by award-winning actresses Micki Grant (author and composer of Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope) and Lizan Mitchell. Set design for this production is by Robert Brill, with costumes by Nadja Lancelot, sound by Nathan Birnbaum, and lighting by Chris Parry, who won a Tony Award for his work in The Who's Tommy.
The 50th season will conclude with the World Premiere of Harmony (Oct. 7-Nov. 23), the new musical drama by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman. For tickets or more information, call (619) 550-1010.