Hope College will host the Ebony Road Players presenting staged readings of Emily Mann’s “Having Our Say” on Thursday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the John and Dede Howard Recital Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Ebony Road Players’ theatrical performance of “Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years” will focus on the triumphs of black culture during the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil War and women’s rights movements through the eyes of the 101- and 103-year-old Delany sisters. The play can be understood on different levels: as a story that celebrates America's people; as pointed commentary about prejudice, discrimination and social injustices; as a good story, told well; as an example of living history; and as reading, theatrical and filmic experiences.
Founded in 2013 by Hope College vocal instructor Edye Evans Hyde, Ebony Road Players is a theater group whose mission is to inspire, educate and engage cultures of the West Michigan community with high-quality theater productions focused on black experience. The group has also produced staged readings of Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf,” Tracey Scott Wilson’s “The Story” and Jeff Stetson’s “The Meeting.”
The production is made possible by permission of Dramatists Play Service. Ebony Road Players is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization. Donations of $20 will be appreciated.
The Ebony Road Players’ campus presentation of “Having Our Say” is sponsored by the college’s Campus Ministries Gospel Choir, Department of History, Office of Multicultural Education, Department of Music, Department of Theatre, and Women’s and Gender Studies program.
The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts is located at 221 Columbia Ave., between Ninth and 10th streets.