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’Best of Enemies’ at McDaniel College Aims to Tell a Story of Transformative Change amid Civil Rights Struggles

Carroll County Times

October 3, 2019


For the first time in recent memory, the Theatre Arts program at McDaniel College has co-produced a show with another college, Coppin State University in Baltimore. Together they aim to tell a story about the power of people to change in “Best of Enemies” by Mark St. Germain.

The play is based in true events and characters. It centers in 1971 during the desegregation of the Durham, North Carolina schools and on the relationship between C.P. Ellis, a Grand Cyclops of the KKK, and Ann Atwater, an African-American civil rights activist.

“'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 best, in themselves,” according to a news release from the college./p>

Shows will run from Oct. 2 to Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Hall Theater on the college’s Westminster campus. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, students, military, and the McDaniel College community. For more information, call the box office at 410-857-2448.

Each performance also includes a post-show discussion with McDaniel faculty and Westminster community members.