Wednesday, April 3, 2019
5:00pm, Linsly-Chittenden 105
The Program for the Humanities in Medicine at Yale Medical School along with The Creative Writing Program & The Program for History of Science and Medicine are pleased to welcome Charly Evon Simpson to discuss the making of her most recent acclaimed play, Behind the Sheet, inspired by the story of Dr. J Marion Sims, a 19th century physician whose achievements relied on experimenting with female slaves. Ben Brantley of the The New York Times called Behind the Sheet, which had its New York City premier January – March, 2019 at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, a “deeply affecting new historical drama.”
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 and/or developed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ars Nova, Chautauqua Theater Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, The Flea, The Lark, Page 73, National New Play Network through its NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop and National Showcase of New Plays, and others. She’s currently a member of WP Theater’s 2018-2020 Lab, The New Georges Jam, Primary Stages’ Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, The Amoralists 18/19 ‘Wright Club and she’s The Pack’s current playwright-in-residence.
Charly loves to teach playwriting and storytelling to people of all ages. She is currently an adjunct lecturer at SUNY Purchase.