Based on the bestselling novel by Osha Gray Davidson, The Best of Enemies is a 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 court-ordered desegregation of the Durham, North Carolina, schools in 1971. Forced to co-lead a steering committee that represents all community viewpoints, Atwater and Ellis must face each other, and in doing so, are forced to face the best and worst in themselves.
“The Best of Enemies inspires an important dialogue about race relations in our country,” said Orlando Shakes Managing Director PJ Albert. “We’re excited to partner with the Holocaust Center to present this production during the 50th commemoration of the Civil Rights Act.”
A special performance of The Best of Enemies, sponsored by Solomon F. Schick & Associates and Orlando Hard Rock Café, will take place on October 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., with all proceeds benefitting the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida. This ticketed event includes pre-show hors d'oeuvres and drinks beginning at 6:00 p.m. General admission tickets ($100) can be reserved by calling (407) 447-1700 or purchased online at www.orlandoshakes.org.
In addition to its partnership with the Theater, the Holocaust Center will offer films, community presentations, and other programming that provide opportunities to remember the history of our struggles for equality. The special programming began with an Orlando Kick-Off event on Monday, June 30 in the City Hall Rotunda, co-sponsored by the Office of Community Affairs and Human Relations for the City of Orlando. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.centralfloridacivilrights.org.
"The Holocaust Center has long recognized the parallels between Jews oppressed under Nazi Germany’s Nuremberg Laws and African Americans who were kept in second-class citizenship by a series of Jim Crow laws in the United States,” said Jeffrey Miller, Holocaust Center President. “While much has changed since 1964, there are still inequalities that must be addressed. This performance is part of a community-wide collaboration to educate, commemorate, celebrate, and act upon the lessons of this important history.”
The Best of Enemies is presented in partnership with the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida through the generosity of Valerie and Jim Shapiro.
Orlando Shakespeare Theater is supported by United Arts of Central Florida, host of www.power2give.org/