Best of Enemies

by Mark St. Germain

June 25th and 26th


Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective is cast two roles for Mark St. Germain’s Best of Enemies. June 25th 2-5pm and June 26th 630-930pm. Please register your audition slot today.  If all slots are filled, please email Steph at to schedule an alternate audition slot. Sides will be provided.

About the Show

written by       Mark St. Germain

The show runs August 17-September 2, 2017. All performances are at 7:30. There is a possibility that the show will be extended until September 9th, to accommodate school performances.

Based on 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 KKK) and Ann Atwater (an African-American civil rights activist) during the desegregation of the Durham, NC, schools in 1971. The 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.

“Ann and C.P.’s journey – while a beautiful and hopeful example of human change and forgiveness – was not without pain and sacrifice. Ann remembers that C.P. was lonely when he died of Alzheimer’s in 2005. “His grandchildren knew nothing about what their grandfather was up to … I was trying to explain to them what he was like. They didn’t know a clue about him at all. When he was in the Klan, the family didn’t like it, so they just turned him loose…[after he left the Klan] He kind of had a nervous breakdown because he lost all his friends,” she says. “His wife died. He had nothing but his puppy–his little dog,” she says. Ann also continued to struggle against poverty for most of her life. In her 70’s and with deteriorating health, Ann had over 200 plaques hanging across her walls, but no money to live on but social security.” Taproot Theatre Company Playguide

This production will be directed by Ashleigh Millett-Goff (Coyote on a Fence). You may register here.

What to Prepare

Open call auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.


Rehearsals will take place Monday – Thursday 7-10 pm, beginning July 10th. Additional rehearsals may be added 2 weeks prior to opening, or as needed by your Director. She will discuss this with you personally. Please see the detailed character rehearsal schedule provided on the sign in desk.

Character Breakdown (2m 2f) )

C.P. Ellis: Exalted Cyclops of the Durham Ku Klux Klan (white, 35-60)

Mary Ellis: Wife of C.P. (white 35-65)

The Following roles have been filled and are unavailable:

Ann Atwater: Civil Rights activist and civic leader (black 35-60)

Bill Riddick: College educated, community organizer (black, 25-35)


54 Ravenscroft Dr. Asheville NC 28801   Email, or call (828) 279-0467, for additional information



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