Behind the Sheet

$20 - $45

Behind the Sheet is inspired by the story of Dr. J. Marion Sims, who is widely known as the controversial "father of modern gynecology." Inventor of the speculum and creator of a technique to cure severe gynecological ailments, he was a champion for women's health when medical schools taught nothing about female reproductive anatomy. However, he made his discoveries by repeatedly performing experimental surgery on his female slaves, including three, Anarcha, Lucy and Betsey, about whom no more is known than their names.

Playwright Charly Evon Simpson imagines the experiences of these women lost to history. In her play, Dr. George Barry purchases slaves who developed painful fistulas during labor. Simpson dramatizes their involuntary participation in Barry's surgeries, as they yearn for a cure and dread the pain of each new surgical experiment. Alongside their suffering, Simpson traces the friendships, loyalties and rivalries that develop between the women as they endure a string of failures in pursuit of the slim hope of relief.

Schedule

Running Time: One hour and 30 minutes, with no intermission

Ensemble Studio Theatre

(New York, NY)
549 West 52nd Street, 2nd Floor
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by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2019
National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that collaborate in innovative ways to develop, produce, and extend the life of new plays, announces the final Rolling World Premiere production of Jump by Charly Evon Simpson opening this week. Following productions at PlayMakers Rep, Milagro/Confrontation Theatre, and Actor's Express, Jump by Charly Evon Simpson concludes its Roll with Shrewd Productions (September 13 - 29, 2019).
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2018
The Amoralists (James Kautz, Artistic Director; Lico Whitfield, Producing Director) proudly present STAINED, written by Amoralists 2018/2019 'WRIGHT CLUB author Charly Evon Simpson, and directed by Kate Moore Heaney. STAINED is PLAY 2 of RICOCHET: An Amoralists Anthology about Surviving an American Epidemic.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2019
PlayMakers Repertory Company proudly opens its 2019/20 Mainstage season with Nambi E. Kelley's powerful and heart-stopping adaptation of Richard Wright's “Native Son”. Directed by Colette Robert, and featuring original music by G. Clausen, the production runs from September 11 to 29, 2019. 
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2018
The Amoralists (James Kautz, Artistic Director; Lico Whitfield, Producing Director) proudly present STAINED, written by Amoralists 2018/2019 'WRIGHT CLUB author Charly Evon Simpson, and directed by Kate Moore Heaney. STAINED is PLAY 2 of RICOCHET: An Amoralists Anthology about Surviving an American Epidemic.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2018
The Amoralists (James Kautz, Artistic Director; Lico Whitfield, Producing Director) proudly present STAINED, written by Amoralists 2018/2019 'WRIGHT CLUB author Charly Evon Simpson, and directed by Kate Moore Heaney. STAINED is PLAY 2 of RICOCHET: An Amoralists Anthology about Surviving an American Epidemic.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2019
Page 73 (Michael Walkup, Artistic Director; Amanda Feldman, Managing Director; Rebecca Yaggy, Director of Development; Liz Jones and Asher Richelli, Founding Directors) is proud to announce the world premiere of STEW, written by Zora Howard (Premature, IFC Films) and directed by Colette Robert (Behind the Sheet). As with every Page 73 production, including last season's A STRANGE LOOP by Michael R. Jackson and CATCH AS CATCH CAN by Mia Chung, STEW marks Howard's professional debut as a playwright Off Broadway. Performances of STEW begin on Monday, January 20 at the Walkerspace Theatre for a limited run through Saturday, February 22. Opening night is set for Saturday, February 1.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2018
The Lark is thrilled to announce five plays and playwrights have been chosen through its Open Access Program for the 25th Annual Playwrights' Week. This year's plays, selected from a pool of over 1,200 submissions, will be: Sistren by Erin Buckley; Even Flowers Bloom in Hell, Sometimes by Franky D. Gonzalez; As Is: Conversations With Big Black Women in Confined Spaces by Stacey Rose; form of a girl unknown by Charly Evon Simpson; and Desarrollo by Juliany Taveras. The selected playwrights will participate in an intensive seven-day retreat, designed to foster a peer-based community among the writers, their creative teams, and The Lark's staff.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2018
OBIE award winning The Fire This Time Festival  (TFTT) announces today its 10th anniversary festival dates and the lineup of featured playwrights who comprise the centerpiece of the annual 10-minute play program.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2018
Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced today casting for the World Premiere of Behind the Sheet, written by Charly Evon Simpson (Jump) and directed by Colette Robert (Mary's Wedding).
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2018
Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) along with EST's Youngblood announce new EST/Youngblood members for the 2018-2019 season.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2018
Ensemble Studio Theatre, along with The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Doron Weber, Vice-President, Programs), announced today the 2018 Fall Artist Cultivation Event, marking the 20th anniversary of the EST/Sloan Project, to take place on Monday, November 19 at 8pm with a reception beginning at 7:30pm.
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2019
Actor's Express presents the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Jump by Charly Evon Simpson May 30 - June 23, 2019.
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2019
National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that collaborate in innovative ways to develop, produce, and extend the life of new plays, announces three new Rolling World Premiere productions opening this week. Grace McLeod's Herland concludes its Roll at Greenway Court in Los Angeles, CA (May 31 - June 23;); meanwhile, Ready Steady Yeti Go by David Jacobi also wraps up its Roll in California at Venice's Rogue Machine Theatre (June 1 - July 29). Across the country in Atlanta, GA, Jump by Charly Evon Simpson continues its Roll at Actor's Express (June 1 - June 23).
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2019
To celebrate the work of MTF's Women, Trans and GNC Roundtable on Monday June 3rd, Musical Theatre Factory will present a one night only evening of new musical theatre works by and for women, trans and gender non conforming people. These invigorating, witty, compelling, complex and poignant songs explore a range of stories told by underrepresented voices- songs about life, love, coming-of-age, finding your power, and just plain ol' humanity! Curated by Molly Marinik, Maybe Burke and Janelle Lawrence A New Wave Gathering will take place at Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette St) on Monday, June 3 at 9.30pm. Tickets are $25 and are available at mtf.nyc/events.
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2019
Moliere in the Park, presented in partnership with the Prospect Park Alliance and the LeFrak Center at Lakeside, inaugural season opens tonight!
by Sarah Hookey - May 16, 2019
Moliere in the Park, presented in partnership with the Prospect Park Alliance and the LeFrak Center at Lakeside, has announced its full cast for its inaugural season. The three-day event begins with the company launch and fundraiser on Saturday, May 18 at 7pm, followed by two free staged public readings of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbur's translation of Moliere's THE MISANTHROPE, directed by Moliere in the Park's Founding Artistic Director Lucie Tiberghien, with original songs by Tony and two-time Obie Award winner Stew, on Sunday, May 19 at 7pm and Monday, May 20 at 7pm.
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2019
The Outer Critics Circle Award winners have been announced! The big winner this year is Hadestown, taking home 6 awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical, Outstanding New Score, and Amber Gray for Outstanding Featured Actress!
by Rona Kelly - May 11, 2019
Today is the last day of Follies at the National Theatre, which means we have time for just one more Song Insight before they part, as Nigel Lilley talks 'One More Kiss'.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2019
The Amoralists (James Kautz, Artistic Director; Lico Whitfield, Producing Director) proudly present the world premiere of ENTANGLED, written by Amoralists 2018/2019 'WRIGHT CLUB authors Charly Evon Simpson and Gabriel Jason Dean, and directed by Kate Moore Heaney. ENTANGLED is PLAY 4 of RICOCHET: An Amoralists Anthology about Surviving an American Epidemic.
by Pat Cerasaro - Mar 14, 2012
Today we are talking to a queen of the concert stage famous for her decades touring the country who has also made a mark on the recording industry with her countless remarkable albums and who will be returning to New York with an intimate show dedicated to her favorite leading ladies of song, titled SONGBIRDS - the one and only Linda Eder.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2019
Pipeline Theatre Company has announced full casting for the world premiere of jazz concert-party-play hybrid Playing Hot, created by Kevin Armento (Balls) and Jaki Bradley (1969: The Second Man). Playing Hot is written by Armento and C.A. Johnson (Thirst), will be directed by Bradley, and will feature musical supervision by Marcus Miller. Playing Hot will begin previews at Theater 511 (511 West 54th Street) on April 18, 2019, and officially open on May 2, playing a limited engagement through May 12, 2019. Tickets are on sale now and are available at www.pipelinetheatre.org/tickets.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2019
Today, The 24 Hour Plays, in partnership with The New School for Drama, announced that the annual application for The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals will be available starting March 11, 2019 and will run through April 1, 2019. The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals will take place in August in New York City.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2019
Theatre production company Parity Productions has released its monthly list of Qualifying Productions for March -their popular directory of New York City shows in which the individual creative teams have 50% of the positions filled with cis women and/or trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) artists (directors, designers, and playwrights). 
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2019
The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center announces casting and creative teams for the summer season of new musicals and plays selected for development at the National Music Theater Conference and National Playwrights Conference.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2019
Chester Theatre Company (CTC) presents Martín Zimmerman's On the Exhale July 25-August 4. First preview is July 25 at 2:00pm, and the opening is July 25 at 8:00pm. Written in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, the play takes a unique look at the issues surrounding guns and gun violence in America. The production stars CTC Associate Artistic Director and Berkshire native Tara Franklin.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2019
The Dramatists Guild of America is has announced the co-recipients of the 2019 Lanford Wilson Award are Abe Koogler and Charly Evon Simpson. Their awards will be presented at the Guild's annual awards ceremony on Monday, July 29, 2019, at the American Airlines Theatre's Penthouse Lobby in New York.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2019
ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE (EST) and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will present the World Premiere of Behind the Sheet, written by Charly Evon Simpson
by Stephi Wild - Jan 9, 2019
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by - Jan 5, 2019
BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 1/5/2019.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2019
Theatre production company Parity Productions has released its monthly list of Qualifying Productions for February -their popular directory of New York City shows in which the individual creative teams have 50% of the positions filled with cis women and/or trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) artists (directors, designers, and playwrights). 
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2019
 Theatre production company Parity Productions has released its monthly list of Qualifying Productions for January -their popular directory of New York City shows in which the individual creative teams have 50% of the positions filled with cis women and/or trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) artists (directors, designers, and playwrights). 
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2019
Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced today an extension for the World Premiere of Behind the Sheet, written by Charly Evon Simpson (Jump) and directed by Colette Robert (Mary's Wedding).
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2019
National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that collaborate in innovative ways to develop, produce, and extend the life of new plays, announces its 87th Rolling World Premiere (RWP): Jump by Charly Evon Simpson. The Roll begins this week in Chapel Hill, NC at PlayMakers Repertory Company (January 23-February 10, 2019), then heads to Portland, OR and a co-production between Milagro and Confrontation Theatre (March 21-April 13, 2019), then heads to Austin, TX and Shrewd Productions (May 10-26, 2019), before concluding at Actor's Express (June 1-23, 2019).
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2019
Today, influencer and talent manager ChiChi Anyanwu of the NYC Black Theater Network, Marcia Pendelton, President of Walk Tall Girl Productions/Black Theater Online, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (Kevin Young, Director, Schomburg Center) announced BLACK PLAYWRIGHTS: THEY SPEAK. WHO LISTENS? A Black Theater Winter Preview: Broadway and Off-Broadway Edition. The event is scheduled at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (515 Malcolm X Blvd) on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Four-time Tony Award-winning producer Ron Simons of SimonSays Entertainment (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Porgy & Bess, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Jitney) will host the program whose purpose is to bring attention to the unprecedented number of plays by black playwrights being produced on Broadway and Off-Broadway this season.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2018
PlayMakers Repertory Company will present a private reading of Jump by Carly Evon Simpson, as part of a nationwide celebration of International Women's Voices Day. A play about flickering lights, vapes that fall from the sky, old homes, and a young woman who finds solace on a bridge, Jump was featured at the National New Play Network's National Showcase of New Plays.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2019
ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE (EST) and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will present the World Premiere of Behind the Sheet, written by Charly Evon Simpson
by - Jan 12, 2019
BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 1/12/2019.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2019
Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) (William Carden, Artistic Director, Sarah McLellan, Executive Director) and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Doron Weber, Vice-President, Programs) announced today a second extension for the World Premiere of Behind the Sheet, written by Charly Evon Simpson (Jump) and directed by Colette Robert (Mary's Wedding). Part of the EST/Sloan Science & Technology Project (Graeme Gillis, Program Director; Linsay Firman, Associate Director), Behind the Sheet began previews at EST's Curt Dempster Theatre (549 W. 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019) on January 9, 2019, and opened January 17. Originally set to close on February 3, the play will now run through February 17, 2019.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2019
Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) (William Carden, Artistic Director, Sarah McLellan, Executive Director) and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Doron Weber, Vice-President, Programs) announced today that due to unprecedented and overwhelming response, the World Premiere of Behind the Sheet has been extended for a third time. Part of the EST/Sloan Science & Technology Project (Graeme Gillis, Program Director; Linsay Firman, Associate Director), Behind the Sheet is written by Charly Evon Simpson (Jump) and directed by Colette Robert (Mary's Wedding).
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2018
ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE (EST) and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will present the World Premiere of Behind the Sheet, written by Charly Evon Simpson
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2019
In the whimsically theatrical world of Jump, lights flicker, hearts heal, and a young woman finds solace on a bridge. At once heartbreaking, hilarious, and hopeful, Jump is about the connections we share - with family, with friends, with strangers - the connections that bind us together, and lead us into the unknown.
by Rona Kelly - Apr 6, 2019
Hello folks, we're into the Follies! To kick off the new Follies Song Insights, we're looking at the song that kicks off the Follies-style numbers which close the show: 'Buddy's Blues', with Buddy himself Peter Forbes and music director Nigel Lilley.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2019
Co-founded by Vincent Dowling and H. Newman Marsh in 1990 with the belief that every town should have a professional theatre, Chester Theatre Company (formerly The Miniature Theatre of Chester) prepares to celebrate its landmark 30th Season with four works, each a New England Premiere.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2019
Pipeline Theatre Company announces a one-week extension of the world premiere production of jazz concert-party-play hybrid Playing Hot, created by Kevin Armento (Balls) and Jaki Bradley (1969: The Second Man).
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2019
National New Play Network, the alliance of professional theaters that collaborate in innovative ways to develop, produce, and extend the life of new plays, held its annual benefit Monday night at The Vineyard's Dimson Theatre in New York City. In addition to a staged reading of Audrey Cefaly's Alabaster, Charly Evon Simpson's Jump was celebrated as the inaugural recipient of The David Goldman Fund for New American Plays. 
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2019
The Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers covering New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway, welcomes 'Tootsie' star Julie Halston along with 'Torch Song' sensation Michael Urie to announce the nominees for the 2018-19 season today, April 23rd. Click here to watch live!
by Sarah Hookey - Apr 11, 2019
Actor's Express presents the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Jump by Charly Evon Simpson May 29 - June 23, 2019. Directed by Lydia Fort, this gorgeous new play about self-discovery, healing and finding beauty in unexpected surprises follows Fay, a twenty- something still reeling from the death of her mother who seeks solace on a nearby bridge.