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SARASOTA – ‘Real Life’, written, directed, and produced by Joel P.E. King, is an examination of the city life in an urban society.

The main character, Ray, who is played by Joel P.E. King, is forced to choose his morality over the streets.

King says ‘Real Life’ was written to inspire hope while uncovering problems many people are unaware of. He says race relations is not the core of the story but rather Community accountability.

“The energy really in relationships. The show is all about relationships. Even getting to this point was about relationships. Appreciating the people and satisfying the need when you come here you commit to what that need is and the universe has a way of creating the return,” said King.

‘Real Life’ runs through June 16th at Westcoast Black Theater, 1646 10th Way in Sarasota.

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Jessika Ward is a Sarasota native and an award-winning multimedia journalist. She joined the Suncoast News Network in February of 2018 and is happy to be back in her hometown. Jessika won three Florida Associated Press Awards while a student at Florida A&M University. Prior to coming to SNN, Jessika interned with WWSB ABC7 and worked as a videographer/editor at WTXL ABC27 in Tallahassee. ​​Jessika Ward is a proud rattler and Historically Black College and University (HBCU) advocate. She shares her HBCU experience in "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities,” a documentary about the history and future of HBCU's that was presented in the Sundance Film Festival and aired on PBS. Jessika's hobbies include photography, watching independent films, watching sports, and reading a good book.


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