"Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters’ First 100 years," adapted from the best-selling memoir, tells the true story of centenarians Bessie and Sadie Delaney as the sisters reminisce about the challenges and joys of their lives. The women, whose father was born into slavery, experienced or witnessed many of the 20th century’s most dramatic events, such as the Jim Crow South, the Harlem Renaissance and the civil rights era. They also both earned advanced college degrees and achieved professional prominence, unusual for black women of the time.
The two actors will address the audience, welcoming everyone to their home as they serve tea. "Having Our Say," which the Chicago Tribune called "the best-ever dramatization of oral history," runs June 12-21 at Stoner Theater in the Des Moines Civic Center.