Hit Civil Rights Drama Returns for 2-Week Run at Barrington Stage

Aisha Hinds and John Bedford Lloyd in 'Best of Enemies' (photo by Kevin Sprague)

Aisha Hinds and John Bedford Lloyd in 'Best of Enemies' (photo by Kevin Sprague)

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Barrington Stage Company is bringing back one of the summer’s popular hits, The Best of Enemies by Mark St. Germain, for a two-week run during fall foliage season, October 5-16, 2011. Inspired by the best-selling book by Osha Gray Davidson, The Best of Enemies is a true story about the relationship between C.P. Ellis, a Grand Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, and Ann Atwater, an African-American civil rights activist, during the desegregation of the Durham, N.C., schools in 1971.

The world premiere production of Best of Enemies comes from the pen of the playwright of the acclaimed Freud’s Last Session, currently selling out shows in Manhattan, where it is about to be moved to a larger theater to accommodate the demand for tickets. Freud’s Last Session also premiered at Barrington Stage, making St. Germain and the company an unstoppable team, along the lines of William Finn and Barrington Stage (which midwifed the hit Finn musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee).

Susan Wands and John Bedford Lloyd in 'Best of Enemies' (photo by Kevin Sprague)

Susan Wands and John Bedford Lloyd in 'Best of Enemies' (photo by Kevin Sprague)

The fall foliage run is directed once again by company artistic director Julianne Boyd and stars Aisha Hinds, John Bedford Lloyd, Don Guillory and Susan Wands.

Performances are Wednesday/Thursday 7pm; Friday/Saturday 8pm; Sunday 3pm. Additional matinees are Saturday, October 8 at 2pm and Wednesday, October 12 at 2pm. Tickets are $15-40. Seniors: $25 matinees. Youth 18 & under: $15 all performances. Tickets are available at Barrington Stage Company, by calling 413.236.8888, or from the box office at 30 Union Street.

The play takes place at the BSC Mainstage on 30 Union Street in downtown Pittsfield, Mass.

There will be a free Talk-Back with the cast following the Thursday, October 6 performance at 7pm.

 

 

 

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