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Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company to present 'Having Our Say, the Delany Sisters' First 100 Years'

May 28, 2010

Cjala Surratt
(315) 350-4183

Sonita Surratt will direct the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company’s presentation of “Having Our Say, the Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years,” June 17-27 in the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company’s Dee-Davis Black Box Theater, 805 E. Genesee St., Syracuse.

“You can catch more flies with molasses than you do with vinegar” is one of the sayings of Sadie and Bessie, the indomitable Delany sisters, whose poignant and irreverent outlook on a transforming American landscape offers a life-affirming testament to legacy and hope. The play was adapted by multi-award-winning playwright Emily Mann from the best-selling book by Sarah and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth. “Having Our Say” received three Tony nominations in 1995 and has since been produced internationally to critical acclaim.

“Having Our Say” opens as 103-year-old Sadie and 101-year-old Bessie Delany, portrayed by veteran actors Annette Adams-Brown and Karin Franklin King, welcome the audience into their home in Mount Vernon, N.Y. Audience members are guests in their home as the sisters prepare dinner in remembrance of their father’s birthday. They recount a fascinating series of events and anecdotes drawn from a century of family history and their careers as pioneering African American professional women in a racially divided society. This wonderfully inviting dramatic story is about the struggles of women in a male-dominated society and of a family working together to build a good life, as they serve others as good neighbors and set examples for the younger members of their family.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors with I.D. For information on group rates and the schedule of performances, contact the box office at (315) 442-2727 or visit the box office in person at 805 E. Genesee St.

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