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

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

Gov. Deval Patrick & First Lady Diane Patrick

Artistic Director Julianne Boyd

The Best of Enemies

Aisha Hinds, Don Guillory, John Bedford Lloyd

John Bedford Lloyd

Don Guillory & Aisha Hinds

Aisha Hinds & John Bedford Lloyd

Aisha Hinds, Don Guillory, John Bedford Lloyd

Aisha Hinds, Don Guillory, John Bedford Lloyd

John Bedford Lloyd & Susan Wands

John Bedford Lloyd & Susan Wands

John Bedford Lloyd & Aisha Hinds

Aisha Hinds

The Best of Enemies

Curtain Call

Curtain Call

Curtain Call

Don Guillory, Sydelle Blatt,Gov. Deval Patrick, Aisha Hinds,Susan Wands,John Bedford Lloyd, Lee Blatt, Mark St. Germain, Julianne Boyd

Gov. Deval Patrick & Artistic Director Julianne Boyd

Gov. Deval Patrick & Julianne Boyd

Lee Blatt & Mark St. Germain

Sydelle Blatt, Pharr Wilson, TriStan Wilson

Julianne Boyd & North East Public Radio President Alan Chartock

The Cast Party

Mark St. Germain

The Cast Party

Don Guillory

Susan Wands

Aisha Hinds

Eda Sorokoff, Pharr Wilson, TriStan Wilson

William Finn

Eda Sorokoff & Alan Chartock

Gov. Deval Patrick & Diane Patrick

D.Michael Dvorchak & Charlie Siedenburg

Eda Sorokoff & Gov. Deval Patrick

Eda Sorokoff & Sydelle Blatt

Stephen Sorokoff,Don Guillory, Aisha Hinds

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