BLACK LIVES MATTER
NEWS of TMP actors, directors and playwrights:
Playwright John Barrow is the winner of the Southern Playwrights Competition for Lillian, Paula, Carson
(read at TMP last season!)
Luke Hofmaier was nominated for best actor at the Berkshire Theater Awards for Now, Circa Then at Chester Theater Co. and will be playing Col. Brandon in Sense and Sensibility with Hudson Wharehouse.
Susanna Frazer will be appearing in Metropolitan Playhouse's THUNDER ROCK Jan 16- Feb 9, '20. She can be seen in the opening episode of City On A Hill - Showtime (scene opp. Kevin Bacon) She'll appear in, 2020. Luke Hofmaier and Tess Frazer appeared in
Metropolitan Playhouse's The Poor of New York - April 19th - May 19th 2019. Tess will next appear in MTC's
The Perplexed by Richard Greenberg.
Cecelia Riddett was nominated as best actress for The Revisionist by Jesse Eisenberg by the Connecticut Critics Circle
Kelly Taylor's one person play Rescuers has been chosen by the Solo Theatre Festival at Signature Theater - Oct. 6, 2018 at 6pm (staged reading here at TMP two seasons ago!)
Marie LouiseGuinier was featured in Scissoring by Christina Quintana at Intar Theater in June.
While awaiting renovations we performed HAVING OUR SAY at North Of History Space:
“The daughters of a minister born in slavery and a brilliant woman of mixed ancestry, the story of the Delany sisters begins in Reconstruction and progresses through the rise of Jim Crow, two world wars, the triumphs of black culture during the Harlem Renaissance, the civil and women’s rights movements, up to the present…
“The most provocative and entertaining family play to reach Broadway in a long time…” —NY Times.
“…when the show is over, you want it to go on and on…HAVING OUR SAY is a must for audiences of all races.” —BackStage.
“In fact, this must be the nicest show and inspirational pep rally in town…what a life these women have led, and how lovely to hear about America’s real history from witnesses who are such good company. The Delany sisters may seem too good to be true, but here they are.” —NY Newsday.
“Do see HAVING OUR SAY—it is a window on a world now lost, full of love, a little pain and a wondrous deal of hope.” —NY Post.
It is with great sadness
that we announce
the passing of our
We hope to have a
memorial on Zoom
or in person
as soon as we can.
Susanna Frazer at the Grant Celebration at Columbia University
Please consider donating to The Morningside Players -
Contributions of any amount, will go toward future productions,
our new Zoom readings and community outreach!
We hope to have news of the 2020 renovations
scheduled for our theater space soon!
Please note we have decided to postpone
Miss Ellen Terry.
Do check in soon for an alternate date and stay healthy.
Miss Ellen Terry - A Very Private Talk
"The great and scandalous English actress tells all."
Adapted from the writing of Terry, G.B. Shaw,
C. Dickens, Carroll, and O. Wilde.
Susanna Frazer*, Mark Hofmaier*, Tom Miller*
*Member of Actors' Equity Association
SUNDAY, March 29th at 4PM
100 La Salle St. (just east of Broadway)
Rec. Center Space - Lower Level
Refreshments to follow
Free, but seating is limited!
Please reserve at or call 646.200.5089
THE MORNINGSIDE PLAYERS
A Special Performance
WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
Thanks to all who attended our annual New Play Readings September 8th 2019 and Black History Month's ICONS February 23, 2020
TMP took to the road!
Columbia University invited The Morningside Players to Lerner Hall.
Our theater company and Columbia's WHDC In-Kind Program
presented a staged reading of WITTENBERG by David Davalos.
The reading was held on Saturday, June 15th, 2019
and was directed by Susanna Frazer.
The cast included Liz Colarte, Sam Krivda, Tom Miller and Craig Myers.
New York Theatre Wire
Carol Carter and Edythe Jason
Have Their Own Say
"Having Our Say" by Emily Mann, adapted from the book by Sarah H. Delany
and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth.
February 16 to March 5, 2018 (closed)
North of History, 445 Columbus Ave. (between 81st and 82nd Street)
Presented by The Morningside Players in association with North of
History, a program of New Vision.
Running time: 2 hours with intermission.
Reviewed by Paul Berss March 5, 2018
With their home theater on La Salle Street currently under renovations, The Morningside Players moved temporarily to an intimate new space
called North of History, located on Columbus Avenue at 81st Street on
Manhattan's Upper West Side. Their production of "Having Our Say: The
Delany Sisters' First 100 Years" became the new venue's inaugural
production as a theater space. This play by Emily Mann, adapted from the
book by Sarah H. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth, is
a delightful two-character play about the renowned Delany sisters:
Sadie, a retired teacher with a gentle disposition, age 103 at the time,
and Bessie, a retired dentist still full of fight, age 101. The play had
a successful run on Broadway, opening in 1995, and the sisters gave
charming interviews on many major TV shows. I recall them recounting how
amazed they were at the size of a luxurious stretch limo that one TV
show sent for them. One of the sisters asked: "Is that all one car??"
In this production, actresses Carol Carter (as Sadie) and Edythe Jason
(as Bessie) reminisce from their home in Mt. Vernon, NY, talking
directly to the audience while cooking their late father's favorite
dinner in his honor. The play moves at a leisurely, but always
interesting pace, as the sisters address the audience with a fascinating
oral history of their family and the world around them. As they look
through a box of family photos, those shots are projected onto a screen
at the back of the stage. Their grandfather was born into slavery; they
initially lived in the South during the days of Jim Crow segregation;
Bessie barely escaped being lynched. She also recalled attending dental
school and receiving a failing grade for a paper that she had submitted.
A white friend at the school subsequently submitted the same paper and
easily got a passing grade. Sadie applied for a position teaching
domestic science and, fearful of being rejected because of her race,
didn't show up for the in-person interview. She was hired for the job
based on her credentials, and laughed recalling the reaction at the
school when she showed up to teach and they saw her for the first time.
There was a packed and very appreciative house for the final performance
on March 5. The actresses, Carol Carter and Edythe Jason, worked
beautifully together - totally convincing as sisters who had lived
together their whole lives. Bessie, the dentist, died in 1994 at the age
of 104, and Sadie, the teacher, died in 1999 at the age of 109. The play
by Emily Mann, adapted from the book by the Delany sisters and Amy Hill
Hearth, selected stories that revealed the intelligence, humor,
resourcefulness, and dignity of the sisters, two remarkable and most
The Delany sisters provided a fascinating lesson in history from people
who lived it, as well as a visit with a very special family.