Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

New Comedic Play Debuts Simultaneously In Jacksonville And New York


In a unique arrangement, a local production is taking the stage in Jacksonville at the same time as it premiers Off-Broadway.The new romantic comedy Handle With Care tells the story of a young Israeli woman who reluctantly travels with her grandmother to America.   

The well-reviewed comedy is running now at Theatre Jacksonville, and in New York City simultaneously.

The play is the brainchild of Emmy-nominated writer and producer Jason Odell Williams.

Williams is also a writer/producer on the National Geographic show Brain Games, and his first novel Personal Statement was recently optioned for a three-picture deal.

"I've had a lot of famine in the entertainment business," Williams told First Coast Connect listeners, "so right now I'm enjoying the feast!"

There's been a bit of backstage drama as well. Just two days before opening of the show, one of the lead actresses had a family emergency and had to drop out of the show.

Theatre Jax executive director Sarah Boone stepped in to learn the entire part and take over the role. The part is meant for someone who is a grandmother, so she'll wear special aging makeup.

"It's been fun!" said Boone. "And luckily, the audience seems to like it. We're having a blast with this show."

Handle With Care runs through December 21. Get more info and tickets at

Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.