Gutsy and Gritty, Impact and Academy Bring McIntyre’s Split Second To The Stage

HAPEVILLE, GA – A black cop loses his cool. There are no witnesses. Does he turn himself in, or does he cover it all up? This is Split Second, by Dennis McIntyre, opening this April at Hapeville Performing Arts Center.

Split Second by Dennis McIntyre, directed by Brenda Porter, opening April 2017

Brenda Porter is known for her outstanding work with compelling dramas and relishes directing another heavy-hitter. “At the heart of the show, it’s a crisis of the individual”, says Porter. “The question is, what is the right thing to do, not just in the moment, but in the aftermath.” Porter has never been one to shy away from provocative issues, having directed Yellowman by Dael Orlandersmith, about colorism within the black community, and Nobody by C. Robert Jones, a biography of Bert Williams, an actor who performed in blackface.

The story begins when an ordinary cop makes a deadly decision that changes his life forever. This drama explores the story of a respected African-American police officer who arrests a white man. The suspect taunts the officer with racist insults until, in the grip of uncontrollable rage, the officer crosses the line.

“This is a powerhouse of a play, and I am so excited to be a part of it,” says DuJuan Paxton, who plays police officer Val Johnson. Paxton was previously seen in the highly popular world premiere performance of The Rooting Place by Betty Chaney.

Don’t miss your chance to see this gripping and thought-provoking story. Be sure to check the website to see which performances will feature audience talkbacks.

Due to adult language and mature content, this show is rated PG-16.

What: “Split Second” by Dennis McIntyre
Who: Academy Theatre and Impact Theatre Atlanta
Where: Hapeville Performing Arts Center, 599 N. Central Ave., Hapeville, GA 30354
When: Apr. 21, 22, 28, May 5, 6 @ 8pm.
Apr. 23, 29, 30, May 7 @ 3pm
Tickets: $25 at the door, $20 online.

For more information please call the Academy Theatre at

404-474-8332 or visit