MARCH 21 - APRIL 13, 2019
525 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR 97214
By Charly Evon Simpson
Directed by La'Tevin Alexander
An NNPN Rolling World Premiere | English
A co-production with Confrontation Theatre
A bridge that spans a deep gorge draws tourists, joggers and more than a few wandering souls. Reeling from the death of her mother, twenty-something Fay comes to the bridge looking for solace and a good place to vape, but what she finds is a journey of self-discovery. In the whimsically theatrical world of Jump, lights flicker, hearts heal – and you never know what surprises will literally fall from the sky.
Milagro/Confrontation Theatre are one of three theatres producing Jump as part of the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. The other participating theatres are PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, NC and Actor's Express in Atlanta, GA.
CHARLY EVON SIMPSON, PLAYWRIGHT
Charly Evon Simpson’s plays include Jump, Behind the Sheet, Scratching the Surface, form of a girl unknown, it’s not a trip it’s a journey, and more. Her work has been seen/developed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ars Nova, The Tank, Chautauqua Theater Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, P73’s Summer Residency, NNPN’s Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop and National Showcase of New Plays, and others. She’s a member of WP Theater’s 2018-2020 Lab, The New Georges Jam, The Amoralists 18/19 ‘Wright Club and she’s The Pack’s current playwright-in-residence. She’s a former member of SPACE on Ryder Farm’s The Working Farm, Clubbed Thumb’s 17/18 Early Career Writers’ Group, EST’s Youngblood, and Pipeline’s PlayLab. BA: Brown. MSt: Oxford. MFA: Hunter College. www.charlyevonsimpson.com
LA'TEVIN ALEXANDER, DIRECTOR
With God in the forefront of my life I’m at peace
Art is a tool that if properly used can keep kids off the street
I love telling stories that affect me, my culture, & my community
Confrontation Theatre hopes that all our stories encourage unity
From the themes and ideas that come out of rehearsal
I love stories that are specific but the impact, universal I’ve directed with Portland Playhouse for their Fall Festival of Shakespeare
I’m now working on Henry 5 with a high school for this year
In the past I’ve done The Dutchman & the Every 28 Hours plays
I’m through with stories that only portrays us as slaves
Charly Evon Simpson’s Jump is now a go
Looking forward to seeing you in the house at Milagro
Confrontation Theatre is a non-profit professional theatre company with the mission to present excellent, affordable theatre by and about the African diaspora.
Engage an all-inclusive audience in hopes that they have an understanding of underrepresented cultures with remarkable artistic excellence and care
Expose Black youth to theatre early in their development
Increase the number of audiences within the Black diaspora
Support and nurture artists of African descent
Build community support and participation via communal-based events and activities
Learn more about Confrontation Theatre.
The National New Play Network’s flagship initiative, the Rolling World Premiere (RWP) program, is shifting the new play paradigm of the one-and-one premiere to a diversified, traveling, multi-production premiere. The RWP program models a process for developing and producing new plays — one that results in stronger work overall and the momentum needed for a play to join the repertoire of frequently produced New American Works.
Each RWP supports three or more theaters that choose to mount the same new play within a 12-month period, allowing the playwright to develop a new work with multiple creative teams in multiple communities. The playwright is part of the process, working on the script and making adjustments based on what is learned from each production.
NNPN has contracted 80 RWPs in its 20 year history, with Milagro’s participation in five: Guapa by Caridad Svich, Into the Beautiful North by Karen Zacarias, The Mermaid Hour by David Valdes Greenwood, Jump by Charly Evon Simpson (co-production with Confrontation Theatre), and Wolf at the Door by Marisela Treviño Orta.