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Durham County Library Presents Manbites Dog Theater on The Best of Enemies

Program: Manbites Dog Theater presents The Best of Enemies
Date: Monday, November 18
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host the cast and creative team of The Best of Enemies, an upcoming play by Manbites Dog Theater, on Monday, November 18, at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. This peek behind the scenes will include a short reading from the play and a conversation about the creative process and local historical relevance.

Based on the book by Osha Gray Davidson, Best of Enemies tells the true story of Ann Atwater, an African-American civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a member of the Ku Klux Klan, who formed an unlikely alliance in 1971 as Durham struggled with school desegregation. While chairing the Save Our Schools charrette, the two were surprised to find that they had much in common as they worked to improve the educational and economic opportunities for their children. Best of Enemies follows their transition from adversaries to friends. This is the first full production of the play in Durham, and it will run from December 5 through December 21.

Manbites Dog Theater is a professional nonprofit company founded in Durham in 1987. The company’s purpose is to produce new and challenging theatrical events, as well as to showcase developing playwrights, directors, actors and artists.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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