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Behind the Sheet

Behind the Sheet

Charly Evon Simpson


An important medical breakthrough has a shameful history. In 1840’s Alabama, a slave-owning doctor performs medical experiments on involuntary subjects – enslaved women – in an effort to solve the problem of fistulas, a post-childbirth anomaly. As the experiments proceed, and he gets close to a solution, the women try to survive and even find dignity in the face of inhuman treatment.

L.A. Theatre Works

Charly Evon Simpson

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 The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Vineyard Theatre, WP Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lark, Page 73, Ars Nova, Chautauqua Theater Company, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, The Fire This Time Festival, National New Play Network through its NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop and National Showcase of New Plays, and others. Charly was named the 2019-20 recipient of the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award from the Vineyard Theatre, co-recipient of the Dramatists Guild’s Lanford Wilson Award, was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Award, and had two of her plays on the 2019 Kilroys List. Her play “Jump” is the first recipient of the David Goldman Fund for New Plays.  She has received commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club/Sloan, EST/Sloan, Cleveland Play House, South Coast Repertory, Barnard College, and more. She’s currently a core writer at The Playwrights’ Center, a member of the community of The New Georges Jam, and a resident of New Dramatists. Charly is a former member of WP Theater’s 2018-2020 Theater Lab, SPACE on Ryder Farm’s The Working Farm, Clubbed Thumb’s 17/18 Early Career Writers’ Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, The Amoralists’ Wright Club, and Pipeline Theatre Company’s PlayLab.


Charly is also a writer and producer for television and film. She currently has an overall deal with HBO, where she’s working on the second seasons of “Perry Mason” and “Industry”. Previously, she worked on Showtime’s “American Rust”.


Charly loves to teach playwriting and storytelling to people of all ages. She has been an adjunct lecturer at SUNY Purchase and Hunter College and has taught with the 92Y, Engaging Educator, and National Theater Institute. In addition, she has worked in middle schools as a full-time tutor, a social worker, and playwriting teacher.


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, where she studied with Annie Baker, Brighde Mullins, and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.


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