You have a particularly personal connection Having Our Say. What can you tell us about your history with this play?
My father wrote the original music to the original production at the McCarter Theatre as well as when it transferred to Broadway. So I was able to be with him during tech week during some of the Broadway run. I was 14 so that was my first time observing a Broadway tech, and of course I was in the house as he was writing the music in the months prior to the McCarter run. So it’s a play that has been near and dear to my heart for a long time. Sadie Delany and I have the same birthday. And I got to meet both of the Delany sisters and of course watch Gloria Foster and Mary Alice in those roles.
I remember being 13 or 14 and knowing what a special moment in time it was and having one of their (the Delany sisters’) hands in each of mine and looking at Emily and I remember that moment in time, knowing how special it all was. So twenty years later to be able to tell this story with people like Brenda Pressley, who’s one of my favorite actresses to work with, and I’m so excited to be working with Olivia Cole and at Long Wharf and Hartford Stage: being able to share this story with so many people has been twenty years in the making of a dream. So here we go!