Bluff City Theater, 212 Broadway, starts the year with two plays about family,
which represents the theme for the theater’s 2017 season.
“Each year we choose a central theme to explore. This year, we
chose families, with five plays that explore the concept from many
different directions,” Executive Director Joe Anderson said. Anderson
said the season is not just about traditional families, but also
about the families we choose, like our circle of friends, and the families
into which we’re thrust by circumstances, like our work families.
“If we think about it, each of us has two or three groups of
people with whom we spend 90 percent of our time each day,”
Anderson said. “How we feel about those relationships plays a
tremendous role in how we feel about everything else in life. If our
family relationships are supportive, we feel like we can accomplish
almost anything. But if they are under stress, they sap our energy
and enthusiasm for living.”
“Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years” steps off
the season Feb. 9.
“‘Having Our Say’ is a good example of the first. Sadie and Bessie
Delany were two African-American sisters who each lived for more
than 100 years. That meant that they witnessed, and survived, massive
amounts of change in the United States — the Jim Crow years,
the Great Depression, two world wars, the civil rights era and man
landing on the moon. Through the midst of this, the sisters managed
to break down barriers in their respective fields and achieve
remarkable success,” Anderson said.
Directed by a newcomer to Bluff City Theater, Matt Salztberg,
the production stars Hassie Davis and Mardra Thomas as the
sisters. Based on the New York Times bestselling book of the same
title, “Having Our Say” has become well known for its message of
optimism in the face of adversity. Set in the sisters’ home in Mount
Vernon, N.Y., as they prepare dinner in remembrance of their father,
Sadie and Bessie share a series of fascinating recollections from 10
decades of personal history. February is Black History Month, and
the Delanys’ history is American history.
The second play of the season, “C’est La Vie: La Vie Ennui,”
which opens March 23, is an unassuming musical set in a seedy
Paris nightclub in 1950.
More information about the theater, the 2017 schedule and
ticket sales are available at bluffcitytheater.com or by calling 573-