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    Charly Evon Simpson

    Playwright/Designer Collaboration Happy Hour, Week One: Charly Evon Simpson and Rodrigo Muñoz

    640 433 Play Penn

    Join us for a free online Q+A session moderated by PlayPenn Education Director Julia Bumke.

    At PlayPenn, we prioritize playwrights as the fundamental authority in the creation of new work. But what about the work that happens to take these projects from page to stage? In each of our three happy-hour sessions, we’ll speak with a pair of playwright-designer collaborators who have worked together to tell innovative new stories onstage. Drop in for a single session, or sign up for all three! Set and costume designers were recommended by Clint Ramos (TONY Award, Best Costume Design of a Play).

    June 15, 5-7pm E.S.T.

    Online (via Zoom)

    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 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the Lanford Wilson Award. Commissions she has received include ones from MTC/Sloan, Cleveland Playhouse, EST/Sloan, and one of the 2020 Elizabeth George Commissions through South Coast Repertory. 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, and Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood. BA: Brown University. MSt: University of Oxford. New College. MFA: Hunter College. www.charlyevonsimpson.com

    Rodrigo Muñoz is a New York-based costume designer from Mexico City. Recent credits in United States include “Jazz Singer”- Abrons Arts Center Directed by Joshua William Gelb, “Jump”- Astoria Performing Arts Directed by Arpita Mukherjee, Harlem 100 ft. Mwenso & the Shakes – IMG Artists & JMG Live, “Tobias” Directed by Arpita Mukherjee as part of the 2020 WP Pipeline Festival. ”Hamlet” (NYU Grad Acting) and “Animal Farm” (NYU Grad Acting). ”Film Credits: “Cracked” Directed by Lin Que Ayoung. “Lucia” Directed by: Victoria Rivera, “A Mutual Understanding” Directed by: Abigail Prade, “A for Alpha”Directed by Kelley Kali.”La Tercera Llamada” Directed by Laila Nuñez. Muñoz graduated from The National School of Theatre and Arts (Mexico) with a BA degree in Theatre Set Design; M.F.A. NYU Tisch School of the Arts Design for Stage and Film.

    Free!

    Tuition

    Register Here

    Click the link below to visit our Reservation Page, where you can view all classes and register for this course. For questions or to inquire about payment plans, please email classes@playpenn.org.

    When you register for a PlayPenn class before June 25, 2020, you will be entered into a lottery to receive a session with one of PlayPenn’s hand-picked dramaturgs through Rent-a-Dramaturg (Package A). If you register for a class by the deadline, additional details will be emailed to you.

    Each class I’ve taken at PlayPenn has proven valuable in my development as a playwright.

    -Peter C., Fall 2019 Participant

    I walked away with an arsenal of guidelines for what makes a high-concept play, but also with half a notebook full of fantastic off-the-cuff breakthroughs and exercises.

    -Danielle B., 2019 Participant

    Poetry and Poetic Language in Theater with Charly Evon Simpson (online)

    640 433 Play Penn

    Travel the line between poetry and theater, discovering when both forms can help us tell better stories.

    Style and syntax of language can transform how a play sounds to its audience: how characters interact, how scenes move, how audiences understand text and subtext, and so much more. In this workshop, we will dive into using and investigating poetic language in theatrical writing. We’ll travel along the line between poetry and theater, reading, writing, and discovering the times when both forms can help us tell better stories.

    Tuesdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26 (online): 7-9pm EST

    Online via Zoom

    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 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the Lanford Wilson Award. Commissions she has received include ones from MTC/Sloan, Cleveland Playhouse, EST/Sloan, and one of the 2020 Elizabeth George Commissions through South Coast Repertory. 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, and Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood. BA: Brown University. MSt: University of Oxford. New College. MFA: Hunter College. www.charlyevonsimpson.com

    $170

    Tuition

    Register Here

    Click the link below to visit our Reservation Page, where you can view all classes and register for this course. For questions or to inquire about payment plans, please email classes@playpenn.org.

    When you register for a PlayPenn class before March 1, 2020 you’ll be invited to submit your unproduced, full-length play for consideration for a professional staged reading. PlayPenn will produce one student’s play as a reading with a professional director, professional actors and a PlayPenn dramaturg in Philadelphia in summer 2020. Only plays that have not had a professional production or reading will be considered. If you register for a class by the deadline, additional details will be emailed to you along with a submission form.

    Each class I’ve taken at PlayPenn has proven valuable in my development as playwright. Having the opportunity to focus on and develop specific aspects of writing proves incredibly useful.

    -Peter C., 2019 Student

    This class was the most satisfying I’ve taken as an adult.

    -Lauren L., 2019 Student