The Best of Enemies
Inspired by a true story. In 1971, a high-ranking member of the Ku Klux Klan is pitted against an African-American Civil Rights activist over the desegregation of schools. This drama exposes the poison of prejudice, and explores how two polarized individuals can overcome their differences.
The Best of Enemies played from December 5, 2012 - February 10, 2013 in the Gompertz Theatre.
Director | Richard Hopkins
Scenic Designer | Bill Clarke
Costume Designer | Lynda Salsbury
Lighting Designer | Rob Perry
C.P. Ellis | Sheffield Chastain*
Mary Ellis | Amanda Duffy
Ann Atwater | Stephanie Weeks*
Bill Riddick | Kevyn Morrow*
*Returning FST Company Members.
"Engrossing piece of theatrical journalism”
“A quartet of top-notch actors”
“Sheffield Chastain…couldn’t possibly be better as C.P. Ellis” - Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
“Inspiring story” that conveys “Intense level of emotions.” - Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Join us for the Upcoming Panel Discussion on Wednesday, January 23 @ 5pm in the Gompertz Theatre. We asked national and local community leaders to share their thoughts on The Best of Enemies by Mark St. Germain. The question posed is - Are there still Civil Rights battles left to be fought? Audience members and the public are encouraged to write in and contribute to the conversation.
For an interesting review of the play and its context - click here.
To read an interview with playwright Mark St. Germain about his research and feedback process – click here.
To watch an interview with playwright Mark St. Germain about the history of The Best of Enemies– click here.
To learn about the first production of The Best of Enemies at the Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Massachusetts – click here.