"Adventurous theater in Astoria"

-- The New York Times

The New York Premiere of


February 7 – 23, 2020

Friday, 2/7 at 8pm | Saturday, 2/8 at 8pm
Sunday 2/9 at 3pm

Friday, 2/14 at 8pm | Saturday, 2/15 at 3pm & 8pm
Sunday, 2/16 at 3pm

Friday, 2/21 at 8pm | Saturday, 2/22 at 3pm & 8pm
Sunday, 2/23 at 3pm

at 28–21 Steinway St, Astoria
located within the Kaufman Arts District

Featuring Kelechi Ezie*, Alex J. Gould*, Natasha Hakata, Dathan B. Williams*
*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Set Design: Riw Rakkulchon
Lighting Design: Devorah Kengmana
Costume Design: Rodrigo Muñoz
Sound Design: Jeanne Travis
Production Manager: Meghan McVann
Production Stage Manager: Sophie Koester
Associate Director: Sharifa Elkady



Flickering lights, a family’s grief, and two strangers on a bridge. In this tightly woven story, a pair of sisters and their father grapple with loss while an unexpected friendship blooms between two people who realize they have more in common than they thought. With Jump, Charly Evon Simpson, shines light on how we process traumatic experiences to ultimately find peace.

Production History

Jump was first developed at SPACE on Ryder Farm and received readings and workshops with Hunter College’s MFA Program, NNPN’s MFA Playwrights Workshop at the Kennedy Center, Chautauqua Theater Company, Azuka Theatre, and Everyman Theatre. The play also had a reading at the National New Play Network’s National Showcase of New Plays, which lead a rolling world premiere at PlayMakers Rep, Actor’s Express, Milagro/Confrontation Theatre, and Shrewd Productions. Jump was also a semi-finalist for the Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship and the inaugural recipient of the David Goldman Fund for New Plays. APAC’s production marks Jump’s New York premiere.

About the Writer

Charly Evon Simpson’s plays include Behind the Sheet, Jump, form of a girl unknown, it’s not a trip it’s a journey, and more. Her work has been seen and/or developed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lark, P73, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, and others. She is a recipient of the Lanford Wilson Award and was nominated for the John Gassner Award. She has received commissions from the EST/Sloan Project, MTC/Sloan, The Movement/NYU and The Flea. Charly is currently a member of WP Theater’s 2018-2020 Lab and The New Georges Jam. She’s a former member of SPACE on Ryder Farm’s The Working Farm, Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers’ Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, and Pipeline Theatre Company’s PlayLab. She received her BA from Brown University, a master’s in Women’s Studies from University of Oxford, New College, and her MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College. www.charlyevonsimpson.com

About the Director

Arpita Mukherjee (Director) (she/her/hers) is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Congressional Award winning Hypokrit Theatre Company and the Festival Chair for Tamasha for South Asian performing artists. Her recent directing credits include Anon(ymous) by Naomi Iizuka (Iowa State University), One Way by Ben Bonnema and Christopher Staskel (NAMT), The Golden Threshold by Cheeyang Ng and Eric Sorrels (Live & In Color), Strange Men by Will Snider (PlayPenn 2019), Citizen Scientist by CQ (Barrington Stage Company Playworks Weekend), Vietgone by Qui Nguyen (reading Song Collective), Sense and the City by Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin (4 Flights Up Festival), Reclaiming Our Time: A Concert (MTF at Joe’s Pub), Eh Dah? Questions For My Father by Aya Aziz (Next Door @NYTW), and Elements of Change by Divya Mangwani (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, UNICEF). Her upcoming directing credits include Maya by Cheeyang Ng and Eric Sorrels (Pace University New Musical Lab), House of Joy by Madhuri Shekar (San Diego Rep).

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