Best of Enemies
February 17-26, 2023
Bean-Brown Theatre

by Mark St. Germain
based on The Best of Enemies by Osha Gray Davidson

Directed by Michael Walker

Best of Enemies by Mark St. Germain

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In 1971, arch-enemies Ann Atwater and C.P. Ellis find themselves face-to-face on a committee formed to desegregate the schools of Durham, North Carolina. Seemingly a recipe for disaster, their mutual prejudices about one another are soon shattered as each begins to understand the plight of the other. Based on an inspiring true story, this drama shows how a new beginning can lead the worst of enemies to become the best of friends.

Performance & Tickets

Performances & Tickets

Single tickets go on sale on December 8, 2022.

  • Thursday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. *Pay-What-You-Can Dress Rehearsal

  • Friday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Sunday, February 19 at 2:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday, February 22 at 2:00 p.m.

  • Thursday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Friday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m.

  • Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m.



Auditions will be held January 4 & 5 at 7 p.m. in the Wilson Carr Rehearsal Hall. Those interested in auditioning should be prepared for cold readings from the script and bring a calendar to list conflicts for rehearsals.

Characters/Roles Available

Characters/Roles Available

More information to be added closer to the date of auditions.


  • Ann Atwater – Female/Female-identifying. Black/African-American. Civil rights activist and civic leader. 30s-50s.

  • C.P. Ellis – Male/Male-identifying. White. Exalted Cyclops of the Durham Ku Klux Klan. Late 30's-50s.

  • Mary Ellis – Female/Female-identifying. White. Wife of C.P. 30s-50s.

  • Bill Riddick – Male/Male-identifying. Black/African-American. College-educated community organizer. 30s-50s.

Production Credits

Production Credits

Osha Gray Davidson


Mark St. Germain


Michael Walker



Stage Manager


Matt Reynolds

Scenic Design


Jeanette Waterman

Costume Design


Lyndell McDonald

Lighting Design



Sound Design

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the running time of the production?

    • Approximately 2 hours

  • Will there be an intermission?

    • Yes, there will be a 15-minute intermission

  • Should I bring the kids?

    • This show is not intended for children. Due to the language and heavy themes of violence and racism, this show is recommended for those 16 and up.  

  • What themes are explored in the play? 

    • Best of Enemies explores the harsh reality of racism and the process of desegregating schools in the South. 

  • Does the play’s text contain offensive language?

    • Yes, this play contains strong adult language including racial slurs.  

  • Does the play contain violence?

    • Yes, there is self-harm depicted on stage, guns depicted, and discussions of graphic racial violence. 

  • Does the play contain the use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs?

    • Yes, alcohol and tobacco are used on stage. 

  • Does the play contain nudity or other adult situations?

    • Neither nudity nor adult situations are portrayed on stage, but there are some mild references to adult situations.