‘A Town Divided’ looks into Tallahassee’s racial dynamics

https://www.tallahassee.com/story/life/causes/2020/02/10/a-town-divided-examines-our-racial-dynamics/4690708002/

A unique Southern Shakespeare Company production will examine the racial divides in Tallahassee through a performance event sponsored by Tallahassee Community College as part of their African-American History Month Calendar and with grant support from the Council on Cultural Arts, State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Hagen Family Foundation, and the Leon County School Board.

“A Town Divided,” an original production based loosely on William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 and 13 at Turner Auditorium. The 55-minute one-act play is written from interviews and stories from Tallahassee residents.

The production invites participants to examine their own biases and prejudices in an effort to raise social awareness, increase tolerance, and bridge the divide through cross-racial dialogue.


There will be a special opening night reception and silent auction sponsored by Black History Month Festival at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12.

The play is directed by Bert Mitchell and contains mature subject matter.

There will be opportunities for Leon County School students to experience this event with daytime performances sponsored by the Leon County School Board. To schedule a school visit (to be held at TCC Feb. 12-14), contact Robin Jackson at robin@southernshakes.org.

Tickets for the Wednesday Opening Night Reception and Auction (which includes the performance) are $25. General admission for the performance (only) Wednesday and Thursday are $15 and $10 for students/seniors. For ticket information, contact Southern Shakespeare Company at laura@southernshakes.org.


The Friday matinee show or Leon County School students will feature a special talk-back session which will include local officials and leaders, with an introduction by TCC President Jim Murdaugh.

The moderator will be Andrea Oliver and panelists will be Mayor John E. Dailey, Commissioner Curtis Richardson, Commissioner Kristin Dozier, Sheriff Walt McNeil, Dr. Kermit Harrison, Christic A. Henry, Marcus Nicolas, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, TCC; Contributing Writer and Editor, A Town Divided, Bert Mitchell, Director, A Town Divided and Cast of A Town Divided.

If you go

What: “A Town Divided”

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 12-13

Where: TCC’s Turner Auditorium, 444 Appleyard Drive

Tickets: $25-10; visit southernshakespearefestival