ABOUT THE PLAY
MADAME BONAPARTE - Based on the book by Carol Berkin 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. In this adaptation of the book WONDROUS BEAUTY by Carol Berkin, "the belle of Baltimore" Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte navigates a
man's world--of romance, parenthood, and business--as a woman ahead of her time.
Kelby Siddons is a Jacksonville-based actor, director, playwright, and educator. Onstage credits include: THE SAVANNAH DISPUTATION (ABET), GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE (PBTS), A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (ABET), ANGELS IN AMERICA (PBTS), THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (PBTS), AMADEUS (PBTS & JSO) and NEXT FALL (The 5 & Dime). She has directed THE COMPARABLES for the 5 & Dime, THREE DAYS OF RAIN for Players by the Sea, FREUD'S LAST SESSION for the 5 & Dime, and two of her own original plays for the Episcopal School of Jacksonville, WAR PAINT and FROM FATHER TO SON: AN ODYSSEY, adapted from Homer's classic. Kelby wrote the world premiere of TO THE SEA for Players by the Sea & the Cummer Museum. Other original plays of Kelby's have been seen in New York (Manhattan Theatre Club), Milwaukee (the Rep), Chicago (Northwestern University), Houston (Express Children's Theater), and Jacksonville (Theatre Jacksonville). Kelby is a proud founding member of the Groundling Scribes, a new network of writers and supporters of new work in the North Florida region, as well as a regular Swamp Radio contributor. She can be contacted at email@example.com.