Kansas City's Unicorn Theatre has been celebrating its 25th season with the Emily Mann play, Having Our Say, ending its scheduled run Sept. 27. The company even offered a "cocktails and soul food" anniversary party, Sept. 12, followed by a performance of Mann's comedy/drama. 1998 also marks the 20th anniversary for Unicorn's producing artistic director, Cynthia Levin.
The production started previews Sept. 2 and opened Sept. 4. Based on the best-selling book "Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years," the play tells 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. The show was nominated for three Tony Awards and played 302 performances at the Booth Theatre on Broadway.
The Unicorn production stars Jacquee Gafford as Bessie Delany and Karen Cline-Wright as Sadie Delany.
Tickets for Having Our Say are $17.50-$20 for regular performances and may be ordered by calling the Unicorn Box Office at 816-531-PLAY, extension 10. Students with ID may purchase tickets for $5 five minutes before curtain. The Unicorn Theatre is located at 3828 Main Street, Kansas City, MO.
The rest of Unicorn's season is, as follows:
David Hare's Skylight, Oct. 14-Nov. 8; Douglas Carter Beane's As Bees In Honey Drown, Dec. 2, 1998-Jan. 3, 1999; Jez Butterworth's Mojo, Jan. 20-Feb. 14, 1999; and Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive, March 10-April 14, 1999. Still to be decided are the National Playwright Award production (April 21-May 9, 1999) and the Hot Spot selection (June 2-27). -- By Christine Ehren