January 10, 2023



(BALTIMORE, MD) From an exciting new voice in American theatre comes this enlightening story about the bonds that unite us, and the journey of experiencing grief. Everyman Theatre presents Jump by Charly Evon Simpson and Directed by Summer L. Williams. 

Jump is a poignant and heartwarming play about family, spiritual journeys, and life- altering connections. In this world of fantasy, lights flicker, things fall from the sky, and a bridge becomes a place of solace and healing. A young woman named Fay comes home to pack after the loss of her mother and the family home. She seeks solace by visiting the bridge her mother took her to as a child. There she begins to take notice of mysterious circumstances happening in the world around her. 

“I have been in love with this play since I first encountered it in 2017 at the Kennedy Center with Charly,” Williams says, “Jump catapults us on a healing journey through the landscape of grief & joy, chance encounters and finding the courage to say the hard things that help us to take it day by day.” 

The cast for Jump  features Resident Company Members Tony Nam as Hopkins (Sense and Sensibility, Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery), Jefferson A. Russell as Dad (The Lion in Winter, Flyin’ West). Additional cast includes local artists Morgan Danielle Day as Judy and Billie Krishawn as Fay, both making their Everyman debut.  

“There are no words that can describe the unparalleled joy I feel in making my debut at Everyman Theatre!” says Day. “It is an important staple in the community and, as a Baltimore School for the Arts alum, I grew up with Everyman. The productions and actors were the standard that set the example for me to become the artist I am today. Everyone has their favorite thing about home. Everyman is mine.” 

The creative team includes, in addition to Williams, Daniel Ettinger (Set Design), Harold F. Burgess II (Lighting Design), Moyenda Kulemeka (Costume Design), Porchanok Kanchanabanca (Sound Design), Lewis Shaw (Fight/Intimacy), Kate Kilbane is the Stage Manager, and Molly Prunty as Assistant Stage Manager. 

By Charly Evon Simpson
Directed by Summer L. Williams 
January 24– February 19, 2022 

Tickets start at $29. Standard box office hours are Monday through Friday from 10am until 4pm, and Saturdays from 12pm until 4pm. Visit everymantheatre.org or call 410.752.2208 for more information. 

Special Opportunities 

  • Eight in A January 24- February 19, 2023, Everyman Theatre offers eight Pay- What -You Choose seats in Row A for every performance.  
  • Pay- What- You -Choose: Sunday, January 22 at 7pm 
  • TNT (Theatre Night for Teens): Theatre Night for Teens: Sunday, January 22. Pre-show activities begin at 6pm. Performance at 7pm. Students in grades 9-12 are invited to the ultimate social event for teens who want to see a play, meet other teens interested in theatre, and engage directly with the artists who create professionally. Tickets are $10 and include dinner and a conversation with artists during the pre-show.https://everymantheatre.org/community/tnt-theatre-night-for-teens/ 
  • Midweek Matinee: Wednesday, February 1 at 1pm. (Note: There are matinee performances every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.) 
  • Cast Conversation: Thursday, February 9 directly after the performance. Join the cast for a post-show discussion. 
  • Childcare Matinee: Sunday, February 5 at 2pm. The Everyman Theatre Education and Community Engagement staff will provide childcare for audience members’ children ages 3–12 during the show. This service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, at a discretionary rate.https://everymantheatre.org/community/childcare-matinees/ 

Charly Evon Simpson is a playwright, TV writer, and teacher based in Brooklyn. Her plays include Behind the Sheet, sandblasted, 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 Vineyard Theatre, WP Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, and others. She is a recipient of the Vineyard Theatre’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the Dramatists Guild’s Lanford Wilson Award. She is a resident of New Dramatists and a core writer at The Playwrights’ Center. She is a former member of WP Theater’s 2018-2020 Lab, SPACE on Ryder Farm’s The Working Farm, Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers’ Group, and Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood. In TV, she has worked on Showtime’s American Rust, and she currently has an overall deal at HBO where she has worked on several shows including the second season of Industry. Charly has a 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. 

Charly Evon Simpson 

Founded in 1990 by Vincent M. Lancisi and featuring a Resident Company of artists, the theatre centers the core values of people, community, and excellence by creating an environment where individuals are valued and important; cultivating an inclusive community that reflects the diversity of the greater Baltimore region and values compelling stories, engagement with others, and lifelong learning; and working to ensure that excellence drives every aspect of the organization. The theatre is committed to engaging, inspiring, and transforming artists, audiences, and communities through theatre of the highest artistic standards and embodying the promise of its name, Everyman Theatre. Everyman Theatre is a proud member of the Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District, the Market Center Merchants Association, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. Lancisi partners with Managing Director Marissa LaRose in leading the organization. Everyman Theatre is supported in part by grants from The Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org), The Citizens of Baltimore County, and Mayor Brandon M. Scott and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

Everyman Theatre stands in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and AAPI communities and is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive atmosphere at every level of our organization.

Corey Frier-Ritsch