‘Split In Three’ Tackles Integration, Sisterhood In 1960s

Daryl Lisa Fazio's play "Split in Three" continues at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville through May 28.
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A new production at Aurora Theatre is not split in two but “Split in Three.” That’s the title of Atlanta playwright Daryl Lisa Fazio’s play that opens tonight.

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Split in Three,” which runs through May 28 at the Gwinnett venue, tells the story of two poor white sisters in 1969 Mississippi, living in a county that has yet to integrate its schools.

The sisters, Nell and Nola, have different views on integration, and their discussions on the matter become even more complicated when they receive an unexpected visitor: their half-sister, who is also half-black.

“Identity, passing judgment on each other, and making assumptions based on what color we are and where we come from. . . . These women hopefully teach us a lesson past that and through that in order to connect and make a positive change,” Fazio said in an interview with Lois Reitzes.

Fazio will hold conversations before for the “Split in Three” performances on May 24, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m.