"The Matrix" Creates One Oracle Between Two Having Our Say Sisters

News   "The Matrix" Creates One Oracle Between Two Having Our Say Sisters In an ironic and satisfyingly symmetrical piece of casting, Mary Alice has replaced the late Gloria Foster as The Oracle in "The Matrix Revolutions," the last installment in The Matrix" film trilogy of science fiction epics.

Foster and Alice co-starred on Broadway as the wise and aged African-American Delaney sisters, in Having Our Say. The production was Foster's last New York theatre credit. The actress died on Sept. 29, 2001, two years after created her most famous film role, that of the all-knowing Oracle, a calm and human presence at the center of the dystopian, machine-run world of "The Matrix." Foster appeared in the trilogy's second installment, "The Matrix Reloaded," but died before she could complete the third film. Having Our Say ran at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, before transferring to Broadway in 1995. Emily Mann adapted the drama from the bestselling book by Amy Hill Hearth. Mann also directed. The show won Alice and Mann a Tony nomination.

The show is popular in regional theatres. Triad Stage in Greensboro, NC, is currently reviving it.

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