Thursday, January 21, 2021

Brace Yourself for the ‘Battlefield of Brotherhood’

Photos by Jory Westberry | Lissa Mann, Kiley Hartman and Jack Remax work on a difficult scene under the watchful eye of Gina Sisbarro.

Photos by Jory Westberry | Lissa Mann, Kiley Hartman and Jack Remax work on a difficult scene under the watchful eye of Gina Sisbarro.

By Jory Westberry

The upcoming play, “Battlefield of Brotherhood” debuting in March is a unique collaboration of students from three local schools to portray historical events with attention to the personal interactions between races. Students from the Marco Island Charter Middle School, Lely High School and the Marco Island Academy have been learning and practicing their lines diligently for weeks to perform a play that will bring the past into the present.

“Battlefield of Brotherhood,” written and directed by Gina Sisbarro, will debut at the Marco Island Historical Museum Rose Hall Auditorium on March 31, April 1, April 7-8 at 7 PM and at 3 PM on April 2 and April 9.

Centered in the South before and during the Civil War, relationships, torment, love and cruelty intertwine. The son of a southern plantation owner in Florida and a black slave who grew up as friends are changed by life and the conflicting forces of the war, as are the people around them.

Based on her cultural research of a historic plantation in Florida, the story weaves through various stages in the lives of Samuel Randall Stewart and slave, Charles Tobias Hayes. Some scenes are prefaced by Abraham Lincoln and his beliefs and oratory during this period of history, which dovetail to the unfolding drama.

The cast is a combination of veteran teen actors and new faces from Sisbarro Acting School. Some of the actors have starred in other performances including “The Men of Rushmore and Their Wives.” Gina Sisbarro has directed many plays on Marco Island and is the owner/operator of Sisbarro Acting School.

Tickets will be on sale at the Marco Island Historical Museum gift shop and are $10 for adults. School age children are free. Mark your calendars for this thought-provoking event.

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