As far as we know, this is the first time that Long Wharf has an all female cast, design, and production team. How did you choose the team for Having Our Say? Jade King Carroll All of the designers are designers I worked with about two years ago at Two Rivers on Trouble In Mind. It’s a great team. I’ve worked with all of the designers quite a few times. Karen Perry, I’ve known for a decade, and I can’t count how many shows we’ve done together. I can’t even count how many shows we’ve done together. She’s our costume designer, and she’s wonderful. Nicole Pearce does a lot of dance and did A Raising in the Sun and King Hedley II with me. I’m using my father’s original music. Alexis Distler is a scenic designer who I just adore working with, and again, I can’t count how many show we’ve done together. What’s also wonderful is that the play was written by Emily Mann who is my mentor and also a female playwright and artistic leader. And both the actresses are female. So I kind of looked at the list and said, “Oh, we have an all female team!” but really it wasn’t my intention to have an all female team, but I just picked the people that I thought were best to tell this story and that I really enjoyed collaborating with and that worked well together. It’s my A Team, and they just happen to all be ladies.

THE HAVING OUR SAY TEAM

Director: Jade King Carroll Adapted by: Emily Mann From the Book by: Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth Director: Jade King Carroll Miss Sadie Delany: Olivia Cole Dr. Bessie Delany: Brenda Pressley Set & Projection Design: Alexis Distler Costume Design: Karen Perry Lighting Design: Nicole Pearce Sound Design: Karin Graybash Wig Design: Carol "CiCi" Campbell Production Stage Manager: Denise Cardarelli Assistant Stage Manager: Amy Patricia Stern