If you missed the national tour of Having Our Say, you can still catch its stars, Micki Grant and Lizan Mitchell (as Sadie and Bessie Delaney). They're appearing in a Coconut Grove Playhouse (FL) mounting of the show until Dec. 21. The show began previews Dec. 2 and opened Dec. 5.
The Tony-nominated play about the lives and times of two centenarian sisters recently concluded a 58-city U.S. Tour and had separate productions at such venues as Actors Theatre Of Louisville, La Jolla and Berkeley Rep. Emily Mann adapted her comedy/drama from the autobiographical work, "Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First Hundred Years," by Sarah L. and A. Elizabeth Delany (with Amy Hill Hearth).
The book and play tell the true story of two African American girls born to former slaves in the 1800s, who live through the Northward migration of Southern blacks, the rise of the Klan, two World Wars, a Depression and the Civil Rights movement. Having Our Say show played 302 performances on Broadway.
Grant made her Broadway debut as the ingenue in Langston Hughes' Tambourine To Glory and penned the Broadway musical, Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope. Mitchell was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for best actress for her Broadway debut in So Long On Lonely Street. For the role of Bessie, Mitchell received the Black Theatre Alliance Best Actress Award.
Bessie Delany passed away Sept. 1995, but Sadie is alive, well and the author of a new book: "On My Own At 107: Reflections On Life Without Bessie." She's now 108. Playwright Mann is artistic director of NJ's McCarter Theatre. Director Greco was associate director at McCarter (1991-95) and is the author of the drama, Passage: Stories Of The Cuban Rafters.
For tickets ($30-$35) and information on Having Our Say at Coconut Grove Playhouse, 3500 Main Highway in Miami, call (305) 358-5885.
-- By David Lefkowitz