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New Voices at Players by the Sea

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Two world premiere plays by local playwrights are up next at Players by the Sea. The shows open May 26, and run through June 17.

In its inaugural year, the Jacksonville Beach community theater’s New Voices program features two new works of playwrights Kelby Siddons and Drew L. Brown. The two were selected to embark on a year-long developmental process out of a large pool of talented local writers.

Siddons’ work, Madame Bonaparte, is based the book Wondrous Beauty by Carol Berkin. Set in early America and Napoleonic France, one woman’s determination to rise above her station and transcend the expectations of her sex made her a celebrity, a millionaire and a problem. Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte navigates a man’s world of romance, parenthood, and business as a woman ahead of her time. Madame Bonaparte is directed by Harolyn Sharp. Performances are May 26, 27, June 1, 2 and 3. Curtain is at 8 p.m.

Brown work, Sentences, is based on a true story. Sentences illustrates the unjust prison sentence of Robin, a simple southern woman who is framed by a new lover for a crime she did not commit. Riddled with worry for the daughter she’s left behind, Robin struggles to adjust to prison life. Unbeknownst to her, a multi-faceted drug ring involving guards and inmates progressively unfolds, leading to catastrophe. Sentences offers an authentic look into the flaws of our criminal justice system through the experience of a mother desperate to reunite with her child. Performances are June 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17. Curtain is at 8 p.m.

General admission tickets are $23, $20 for seniors, students and military. Thursday night is student night with half price tickets at the door with a valid student ID. Players by the Sea is located at 106 6th St. N. in Jacksonville Beach. Call (904) 249-0289 or visit www.PlayersbytheSea.org.