Players by the Sea presents ‘Trouble in Mind’


Players by the Sea, a community theater in Jacksonville Beach, has announced its second show in the 59th season: “Trouble in Mind,” a dramatic comedy directed by Zach Rivera. The production opened on May 10.

“Trouble in Mind” first hit the stage off-Broadway on Nov. 4, 1955, at the Greenwich Mews Theatre in New York City. Playwright Alice Childress examines the true meaning of being a Black female who is navigating her way through the entertainment industry with a cast of multigenerational Black actors who are also under purview of a white director and stage manager that undergo theater conventions and racial politics along the way.

General admission tickets are $35 and $32 for seniors, students and active or retired members of the military. The production will run on the weekends through May 26. 

“Directing ‘Trouble in Mind’ has been an absolute pleasure,” said Rivera. “Alice Childress has made an absolute force with this play, and my excitement is only compounded by the fact that we have a cast filled with many Jacksonville powerhouse actors. Being able to collaborate with them on making a piece that is so important has been such a gift. Getting to watch this work, laugh, cry and get red-hot angry every night with them is a privilege.” 

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