Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage

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Message to Congress and Presidential hopefuls - go see Mark St. German's "The Best of Enemies" before you start the political campaign rhetoric. 

Inspired by the best-selling book by Osha Gray Davidson, The Best of Enemies is the true story about the relationship between C.P. Ellis(a Grand Cyclops of the KKK) and Ann Atwater (an African-American civil rights activist) during the desegregation of the Durham, NC schools in 1971. The Best of Enemies exposes the poison of prejudice in the hearts of Atwater and Ellis who, by facing each other, are forced to face the worst, and the best , in themselves.

The play had it's world premier at Barrington Stage this summer and broke all box office records in the theatre's 17 year history. Many people in the Berkshire community were not able to see this new play because of it's limited summer run, so Artistic Director Julianne Boyd offered it for a 2nd opening on Oct 5th.

The cast of the initial run starred John Bedford Lloyd as C.P. Ellis, Aisha Hinds as Ann Atwater,Clifton Duncan as Bill Roddick and Susan Wands as Mary Ellis and was directed by Julianne Boyd. In this production Don Guilty joined the company in the role of Bill Roddick.

"The Best of Enemies" will have played a total of 36 performances and to over 10,000 patrons during its summer and fall runs at BSC. This fall alone will have over 2,500 high school students from Berkshire County attend student matinees.

Presented & Sponsored by Sydelle & Lee Blatt, The Best of Enemies is designed by David M. Barber (sets), Scott Pinkney (lights), Kristina Lucka (Costumes), and Brad Barrage (sound). Michael Andrew Rodgers is production stage manager.

The Best of Enemies runs through October 16 at Barrington Stage Company

Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Gov. Deval Patrick & First Lady Diane Patrick

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Artistic Director Julianne Boyd

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
The Best of Enemies

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Aisha Hinds, Don Guillory, John Bedford Lloyd

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
John Bedford Lloyd

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Don Guillory & Aisha Hinds

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Aisha Hinds & John Bedford Lloyd

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Aisha Hinds, Don Guillory, John Bedford Lloyd

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Aisha Hinds, Don Guillory, John Bedford Lloyd

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
John Bedford Lloyd & Susan Wands

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
John Bedford Lloyd & Susan Wands

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
John Bedford Lloyd & Aisha Hinds

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Aisha Hinds

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
The Best of Enemies

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Curtain Call

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Curtain Call

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Curtain Call

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Don Guillory, Sydelle Blatt,Gov. Deval Patrick, Aisha Hinds,Susan Wands,John Bedford Lloyd, Lee Blatt, Mark St. Germain, Julianne Boyd

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Gov. Deval Patrick & Artistic Director Julianne Boyd

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Gov. Deval Patrick & Julianne Boyd

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Lee Blatt & Mark St. Germain

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Sydelle Blatt, Pharr Wilson, TriStan Wilson

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Julianne Boyd & North East Public Radio President Alan Chartock

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
The Cast Party

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Mark St. Germain

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
The Cast Party

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Don Guillory

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Susan Wands

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Aisha Hinds

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Eda Sorokoff, Pharr Wilson, TriStan Wilson

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
William Finn

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Eda Sorokoff & Alan Chartock

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Gov. Deval Patrick & Diane Patrick

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
D.Michael Dvorchak & Charlie Siedenburg

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Eda Sorokoff & Gov. Deval Patrick

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Eda Sorokoff & Sydelle Blatt

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage
Stephen Sorokoff,Don Guillory, Aisha Hinds

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Visits THE BEST OF ENEMIES at Barrington Stage

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Stephen Sorokoff Stephen's life seems to have always revolved around a camera and a piano. He studied at Manhattan School of Music and performed in the "Borsht Belt" during college vacations, where in the true DIRTY DANCING tradition he met his wife Eda. Stephen was a Board Member of the First All Children's Theater and his wife, a classical pianist, is a Board Member of Barrington Stage Co. In between he made time to be CEO of a multi national machinery company and President of a domestic Textile Mfg. Co. In retirement, he now takes pictures of his 5 grandchildren and various other performers.


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