HONEST TALK — From left are Kerry Sandell, who plays Lauren, and Marci J. Duncan, who plays Angela, having a frank talk about race after the killing of George Floyd and the summer of unrest that followed in 2020. Will their 20-year friendship survive? PHOTO BY EVELYN TYLER


Direct from acclaimed performances in New York City and Washington, D.C., Three Cord Productions continues its national tour of Florida-based actor-writers Marci J. Duncan and Kerry Sandell’s new play, Dissonance, a 90-minute two-person drama that asks the question, “Can a Black woman and White woman — who have been friends for more than 20 years — have an open, honest conversation about race and have their friendship survive?”

Proclaimed by Maryland Theatre Guide as an “emotional powerhouse of a production” and the play that “you don’t want to miss,” Dissonance will be performed at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at The Ritz Theater in the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Magnolia Ave. in Sanford.

The 3 p.m. performance will include a post-show audience discussion with the actor-writers, facilitated by director Dr. James Webb.

Tickets cost $27.50 to $37.50, including fees, and can be purchased at www.dissonanceplay.com.

BroadwayWorld.com describes Dissonance as a “heart-warming, gut-wrenching, soul-deep experience that can open a lot of eyes and, more importantly, a lot of hearts.”

The play’s two characters, Angela and Lauren, met in graduate school, became godmothers to each other’s children, and more recently, started a new business, but they have never had a candid conversation about race … until now.

Set in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder and the summer of 2020, these two Florida women must decide if being brutally honest and devastatingly vulnerable is worth the risk of their friendship’s potential end.

“This play is an even-handed fight that leads to forgiveness, healing and greater understanding, and we’ve been honored to share this story with communities throughout the country,” said director Dr. James Webb.

Three Cord Productions started its national tour of Dissonance in Florida in August 2022, performing to sold-out venues in Tallahassee, Pensacola and Miramar Beach. The theater company’s mission is to bring communities together in the spirit of love and to have hard conversations led with love.


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