Hats Off! to Wim Coleman's new play The Shackles of Liberty will be performed by the University of Jacksonville Department of Drama on May 19 and 20. This workshop production and a $1,000 prize are the rewards of winning last year’s Southern Playwrights Competition, which was open to writers in thirteen states. The play was also a semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s 2017 New Playwrights Conference; one of two finalists of 2015 Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition; and a semifinalist for the 2016 Ashland New Plays Festival. The Shackles of Liberty is a fictionalized account of Thomas Jefferson’s last day in Paris. It focuses on his relationships with three women—his European lover Maria Cosway, his older daughter Martha (“Patsy”), and his young slave mistress Sally Hemings.