The Best of Enemies
By Mark St. Germain
Directed by Dr. Arthur J. Beer
Performed at the Marygrove Theatre
September 26, 27*, October 3, 4 at 8 p.m.
September 28**, October 5 at 2 p.m.
*Afterglow **Post-show Discussion
“The Best of Enemies”, by Mark St Germain, is based on a true story of unimaginable change. Two strong-willed opponents, Ann Atwater, an outspoken Civil Rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the KKK, are challenged by Federal mediator Bill Riddick to co-chair a steering committee to facilitate change. Explosive, direct, and aggressive, “The Best of Enemies” is a model of how respect, understanding and trust can be delicately forged to resolve deep and bitter differences. *Contains mature content and language.
An Explosive Drama opens the UDM Theatre Company’s 44th season
DETROIT- The Theatre Company at University of Detroit Mercy brings intense drama to the stage with its opening production of Mark St. Germain’s “The Best of Enemies.” This Michigan Premiere is a true story of unimaginable change that will hark back to an era of deep division in our country. “The Best of Enemies” teaches the timeless lesson that the need for understanding and trust is crucial to the successful resolution of differences.
“The Best of Enemies” opens on September 26th at the Marygrove Theatre located at 8425 McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221. Performances are at 8:00 p.m. on September 26, 27, October 3, 4 and at 2:00 p.m. on September 28 and October 5.
“The Best of Enemies”, by Mark St Germain, is based on a true story of unimaginable change. Two strong-willed opponents, Ann Atwater, an outspoken Civil Rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the KKK, are challenged by Federal mediator Bill Riddick to co-chair a steering committee to facilitate government mandated school desegregation.
“Explosive, direct, and aggressive, “The Best of Enemies” is a model of how respect, understanding and trust can be delicately forged to resolve deep and bitter differences” says director Dr. Arthur J. Beer.
Award winning actress Madelyn Porter plays the unshakable Ann Atwater. Porter has worked in professional theatre for over thirty years and is a frequent performer at the historic Henry Ford Greenfield Village. Porter is founder of Mad’s World Theatre Productions, MYSS Theatre Company, and Street Life Theatre Productions.
Theatre Company Alumni and UDM Adjunct Professor of Theatre Greg Trzaskoma takes on the role of C. P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the KKK. Trzaskome is the Founding Artistic Director at the Warren Civic Theatre and is a proud member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA.
Dan Johnson, who plays Federal Mediator Bill Riddick, has worked throughout the area with Detroit Repertory Theatre, Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Water Works Theatre Company, Blackbird Theatre/Shakespeare West, and the New Theatre Project.
Linda Rabin Hammell makes her first appearance on the UDM stage as Mary Ellis, the wife of C.P. Ellis. Originally from Philadelphia, Linda has worked on Michigan stages for over 25 years at such venues as Performance Network, Water Works, JET, Blackbird, Abreact, Matrix, New Theatre Project, Planet Ant, Magenta Giraffe, Breathe Art, and Michigan Classical Rep.
Director Arthur J. Beer is starting his 39th season with the Theater Company. An accomplished Playwright, Director, Actor and Professor, Dr. Beer’s recent accomplishment was writing and directing “Jordan Anderson Writes A Letter”.
Individual tickets are now on sale and can be purchased and printed online by visiting www.UDMarts.com. Patrons can also order tickets over the phone by calling 313-993-3270. Ticket Office hours are Tuesday - Friday, noon - 5 p.m. The Ticket Office will open 45 minute prior to curtain at the Marygrove Theatre. Individual tickets are $20 for Adults and $17 for discount admission (Seniors, UDM and Marygrove Faculty and Staff, Alumni, Donors and Detroit residents.) Student admission (with ID) is $10, and UDM and Marygrove Student admission is $5 (with ID). Group rates are available.
A Fall Show Ticket Package is available that includes a ticket to “The Best of Enemies” and “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play”. Prices range from $26-$30. Fall Show Ticket Packages can be purchased by calling the Ticket Office at 313- 993-3270.
The Theatre Company at University of Detroit Mercy is celebrating its 44th season. Like past and future seasons, The Theatre Company continues to integrate the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development of our students and community. The Theatre Company always seeks to bring theatre that entertains, provokes, and encourages dialogue. For more information about the Company please visit us at theatre.udmercy.edu.