The Confederate flag. A historical icon or a racist symbol? This thought-provoking and gripping play sheds new light on a controversy that continues to divide our national heart. When Kate's liberal-minded family moves from New York City's suburbs to a small town outside of Nashville, Kate is convinced her life is over. Redford, Tennessee, is as Southern as it gets—the local diner serves grits and sweet tea, country music rules the airwaves and the Confederate battle flag waves proudly over the courthouse square. Then she meets the handsome and talented Jackson Redford III, scion of the town and embodiment of everything Dixie. Jack shows her the beauty of his Southern roots and Kate begins to appreciate her new home. But a petition to replace the school's Confederate flag insignia gains Kate's support, and soon Kate and Jack—and their families—find themselves pitted against one another in a bitter controversy: not just about the flag, but about what it means to be an American. Commissioned by the Youth Theatre at the U (of Utah).
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code H89000
- Cast Size 6
- Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 90 min
- Target Audience High School | College and Adult | Senior Adults
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9781583422632
- "Wonderful and timely script. It was very thought provoking and lent itself to many discussions."
- Review by Gigi Hudson, The Actors Garden, Oak Park, Ill.
- "We found the subject matter, which is controversial and potentially explosive, to be unifying rather than divisive. The message is provocative, yet tender. The entire experience brought into the light a hidden, silenced topic. Both the audience and theatre company were profoundly affected by the treatment Jeff and Cherie have given this subject matter. It struck a sensitive nerve in the biased hearts of my Southern audience. Wonderful experience."
- Review by Barbara Wesner, Clarksville High School, Clarksville, Tenn.
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "I asked a professional musician to compose music to underscore the play and used an original rendition of the National Anthem instead of singing. This worked for me, because I do not have trained singers in my theatre program. The music added a different dimension, and we found it powerfully supported, not detracted from, the words of the script."
- Tip by Barbara Wesner, Clarksville High School, Clarksville, Tenn.
Media Reviews"Once in a while, a production comes along that powerfully uses the unique tools live theatre has to tell an important story and to help us understand something in a new way. The South Carolina premiere of A Heart Divided,...is such a production." -The State
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