The Best of Enemies
|October 15 - November 16, 2014|
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In partnership with the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida
Based on a true story about the relationship between a hate-filled leader of the KKK and an African-American civil rights activist, the unlikely pair must work together during the 1971 desegregation of Durham, NC schools. A stirring new play that exposes the poison of prejudice and the beauty of friendship.
The Best of Enemies is set during a racially-tense period in the desegregation of Durham, North Carolina schools. The play includes very racist and mature language, mild violence, and adult themes. The play is best suited for ages 13 and up. Click here for more specific parental guidelines.
"...under the direction of Mark Routhier, actors Avis-Marie Barnes and Richard B. Watson find layers in these adversaries. Barnes has a depth of conviction that grounds her character, and under Watson's hate — look for it — is a tinge of fear and a touch of bewilderment. They are beautiful characterizations….Don't be surprised if you shed a tear or two by play's end. You're not crying for the characters. The emotion is for the high ideals of humanity: progress, peace, hope. They are ideals worth celebrating, and this worthy play does just that."- Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel
“Director Mark Routhier adds to the tension by keeping characters so close they could choke each other. But he uses every square inch of the intimate Goldman Theatre, creating what becomes for the audience an immersive experience with a walloping catharsis. In other words, don’t miss this. It’s strong, you’ll need a box of tissues, but it’s powerful theater that holds a mirror up to our history. Produced in partnership with the Holocaust Memorial Center and Education Center, this production of “Best of Enemies” begs the question: When will our hearts and our minds really be won?” - Pam Harbaugh, Florida Today
Special Event Performance - October 26, 2014
This special ticketed event includes pre-show hors d'oeuvres and drinks prior to the performance. All proceeds benefit the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida.
In Partnership with
through the generosity of
Valerie and Jim Shapiro
Video 1: Trailer
Video 2: Seak Peek