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Regional Theater of the Week: Players by the Sea in Jacksonville, FL, the largest theatre site on the Internet, is excited to announce a new feature to its comprehensive regional coverage - the Featured Regional Theater of the Week! Each week, BWW will introduce its readers to a regional theater located in one of our (over 130!) coverage cities. By exploring these different venues, their history and showcasing the production seasons, BWW continues its commitment to expand our presence in communities and cities across the United States.

This Week's Featured Regional Theater: Players by the Sea in Jacksonville, FL

Players by the Sea is an artist-driven community theatre, committed to serving the First Coast with productions of outstanding quality. Our work celebrates Beaches' values of innovation and inclusion, through premieres of local playwrights and reinvigoration of the classics. Our life-long learning and volunteer programs provide creative opportunities for the artists of today and tomorrow.

Players by the Sea was founded in 1966 by three energetic, creative beaches couples who shared a love of theatre. The uninterrupted forty-five year history of Players by the Sea, much of it in borrowed or rented performance spaces, testifies to the enthusiastic loyalty of its beaches audiences and to the ingenuity and passion of volunteers drawn from all over the Jacksonville area.

During its first thirty years, Players by the Sea flourished and grew solely on box office receipts as an all-volunteer community theatre. The purchase of its first permanent home in 1999 led to ambitious growth in the number and quality of productions, with greatly expanded technical capabilities and the addition of a studio performance space. The financial obligations of a mortgage and increased operating expenses caused us to adopt new accounting and fund-raising strategies in order to maintain fiscal stability.

The increased functions and responsibilities of running the theatre led the Board of Directors to hire the Theatre's first Executive Director in 2001. Under the leadership of Joseph Schwarz, a professional Education Director, Production Manager and Administrative Assistant have been added to the staff.

Players by the Sea has grown larger and more inclusive in its operations, education programs, membership and volunteer base, but it has not lost sight of the spirit in which it was founded-the passion of individuals for creating satisfying theatre experiences to share with audiences.

Currently playing at The Players by the Sea is The Trip To Bountiful, through June 8, 2013.

The remaining summer lineup includes:

  • Dog Sees God

    Playing on Studio Stage from FRI, JUN 14, 2013 ? SAT, JUN 22, 2013

    An "unauthorized parody," the play imagines characters from the popular comic strip Peanuts as teenagers. Drug use, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion, sexual relations and identity are among the issues covered in this drama.


  • Players Annual Meeting and Elections

    Playing on Main Stage from TUE, JUN 25, 2013 ? TUE, JUN 25, 2013

    Do you own Players by the Sea?

    Yes you do, if you're a season subscriber!

    Players by the Sea Annual Membership Meeting And Election of Officers JUNE 25th, at 7:00 pm at the theatre.


  • Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson

    Playing on Main Stage from FRI, JUL 12, 2013 ? SAT, AUG 03, 2013

    Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson tells the story of America's first political maverick. A.J. kicked British butt, shafted the Indians and smacked down the Spaniards all in the name of these United States--who cares if he didn't have permission?


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