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Jan
9
to Mar 10

Behind the Sheet

Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation present

Behind the Sheet

by Charly Evon Simpson
directed by Colette Robert*

NOW EXTENDED
THROUGH MARCH 10!

featuring Stephen James Anthony, Nia Calloway, Naomi Lorrain, Cristina Pitter, Shawn Randall*, Joel Ripka, Megan Tusing*, Amber Reauchean Williams, & Jehan O. Young

Charly Evon Simpson confronts the history of a great medical breakthrough by telling the forgotten story of a community of enslaved black women who involuntarily enabled the discovery. In 1840s Alabama, Philomena assists a doctor - her owner - as he performs experimental surgeries on her fellow slave women, trying to find a treatment for the painful post-childbirth complications known as fistulas. Reframing the origin story of modern gynecology, Behind the Sheet tells how these women supported each other, and questions who, and what, history remembers.

Behind the Sheet runs one hour and 45 minutes with no intermission.

Please note, this performance includes theatrical fog/haze and explicit depictions of medical procedures.

Scenic Design: Lawrence E. Moten III | Costume Design: Sarah Woodham | Lighting Design: Adam Honoré | Sound Design: Fan Zhang | Production Stage Manager: Fran Acuña-Almiron | Assistant Stage Manager: Dayana Isabel Sanchez | Assistant Director: Sifiso Mabena

Photos by Jeremy Daniel Photography


About the Playwright

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Charly Evon Simpson’s plays include JumpBehind the Sheet, Scratching the Surfaceform of a girl unknown, and more. In 2019, Jump will be produced at PlayMakers Repertory Company, Milagro, and Actor's Express. Her work has been seen, heard, and/or developed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ars Nova, The Tank, Salt Lake Acting Company, PAGE 73’s Summer Residency, National New Play Network at its Kennedy Center MFA Playwright’s Workshop and National Showcase of New Plays, and others. She’s currently in The Amoralists’ 18/19 ‘Wright Club and she’s The Pack’s current playwright-in-residence. Charly was a Philadelphia Dramatists Center Playwright-in-Residence at Plays & Players Theatre and is a former member of SPACE on Ryder Farm’s The Working Farm, Clubbed Thumb’s 17/18 Early Career Writers’ Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, Pipeline Theatre Company’s PlayLab, and Fresh Ground Pepper’s PlayGround PlayGroup. BA: Brown. MSt: Oxford. MFA: Hunter College. www.charlyevonsimpson.com

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Feb
26
7:00 PM19:00

World Avoided // Panel & Reception to Follow

EST/Sloan Project presents a First Light Reading of

World Avoided
Followed by A Special Panel & Reception

written by Andrea Lepcio

When the scientific community realized that CFCs were destroying the ozone layer, world governments, big business and scientists came together to save the world.

Panel and Reception to Follow World Avoided

We invite you to join us following the February 26 reading of World Avoided for a reception and special panel discussion with playwright Andrea Lepcio and several individuals who have contributed to the success of the Montreal Protocol: Dr. Stephen O. Andersen, Dr. Suely Carvalho, Dr. David Fahey, and Durwood Zaelke.

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Andrea Lepcio is author of World Avoided and a dozen other plays including Looking for the Pony, Strait of Gibraltar, Dinner at Home, Deaths at Naked Angels, Me You Us Them, Tunnel Vision, Central Avenue Breakdown (book by Kevin Ray and Andrea Lepcio with additional story by Suellen Vance and music/lyrics by Kevin Ray). Ms. Lepcio is a visiting professor at College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor Maine, Dramatists Guild Institute, and a partner in Destination Health.

The Panelists:

Dr. Stephen O. Andersen, Director of Research at the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD) in Washington DC and Paris. He is former United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Director of Strategic Climate Projects, Deputy Director of Stratospheric Ozone Protection, and Liaison to the US Department of Defense on stratospheric ozone and climate policy. For the United Nations he was founding co-Chair of the Montreal Protocol Technology & Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP). Dr. Andersen—with Velders, Fahey, Daniel, and McFarland—published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the seminal papers on the past and future importance of the Montreal Protocol in protecting the climate.

Dr. Suely Carvalho is a Senior Expert Member of the Montreal Protocol Technology and Economics Assessment Panel (TEAP), Scientific Advisor for Centro Mario Molina-Chile, and Senior Adviser of the Climate and Society Institute-Brazil. She is former Director of the Montreal Protocol and Chemicals Unit at UNDP in New York overseeing investment for phaseout of ozone-depleting substances in developing countries and countries of the former Soviet Union. Before joining UNDP she was Director of Technology Transfer at CETESB (Secretary of Environment São Paulo) and coordinator of the São Paulo State Programme of Climate Change and Ozone Layer Protection.

Dr. David Fahey is Director Earth System Research Laboratory Chemical Sciences Division at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and co-Chair of the Montreal Protocol Scientific Assessment Panel. He has worked continuously for four decades on strengthening the scientific understanding of atmospheric processes that are essential for life and prosperity on earth. Dr. Fahey—with Velders, Andersen, Daniel, and McFarland—published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the seminal papers on the past and future importance of the Montreal Protocol in protecting the climate.

Durwood Zaelke is founder and President of the IGSD. He is former Director of the Secretariat for the International Network for Environmental Compliance & Enforcement (INECE) in Washington DC and Geneva and the co-Director of the Program on Governance for Sustainable Development at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California Santa Barbara. Mr. Zaelke is one of the driving forces behind the campaign to strengthen the Montreal Protocol in ways that maximize its climate benefits. His efforts raise awareness of the threats from the rising use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in developing countries and played a key role in the 2007 agreement under the Montreal Protocol to accelerate the phaseout of HCFCs and the 2016 Kigali Amendment to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).


The World Avoided is part of this season's First Light Festival, learn more about the festival and other plays like this here.

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Mar
1
to Mar 2

Sizzle Sizzle Fly

EST/Sloan Project presents a First Light Workshop of

Sizzle Sizzle Fly

written by Susan Bernfield

It’s December 1968, Apollo 8 has gone behind the moon, and under her black headset Poppy Northcutt, Mission Control’s first woman engineer, holds her breath.

March 1 at 7pm
March 2 at 3pm

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Susan Bernfield’s plays, presented and developed all over, include Tania in the Getaway Van (The Pool, New Harmony Project) and Stretch (a fantasia) (New Georges, People’s Light).


Sizzle Sizzle Fly is part of this season's First Light Festival, learn more about the festival and other plays like this here.

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Feb
19
7:00 PM19:00

The Biology of the Surface

EST/Sloan Project presents a First Light Reading of

The Biology of the Surface

Written by Dominic Taylor

Two African-American scientists in the 1930s query: can we have scientific progress, a successful career and love, or does biology force us to choose one?

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Dominic Taylor is a writer/director and a newish transplant to Los Angeles. He has worked all over the country. Holds a BA, and an MFA from Brown. He is a professor at UCLA.



The Biology of the Surface is part of this season's First Light Festival, learn more about the festival and other plays like this here.

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Feb
18
7:00 PM19:00

Another Revolution

EST/Sloan Project presents a First Light Reading of

Another Revolution

written by Jacqueline Bircher

Two students are forced to share a lab at Columbia in 1968. As their campus devolves into political chaos, they each find themselves in someone else’s orbit.

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Jacqueline Bircher is a playwright born and raised in New York City. Plays include Another Revolution, The Rule of Thirds, Webster’s Bitch, and The Once and Future Casey Colman.


Another Revolution is part of this season's First Light Festival, learn more about the festival and other plays like this here.

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Feb
15
to Feb 16

Golden Shield

EST/Sloan Project presents a First Light Workshop of

Golden Shield

written by Anchuli Felicia King

With interweaving storylines from across the globe, Golden Shield is an urgent legal drama that explores the creation of China's epic firewall.

February 15 at 7pm
February 16 at 7pm

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Anchuli Felicia King is a multidisciplinary artist of Thai-Australian descent who works primarily in live theater. anchulifeliciaking.com


Golden Shield is part of this season's First Light Festival, learn more about the festival and other plays like this here.

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Feb
12
7:00 PM19:00

Ghosts

EST/Sloan Project presents a First Light Reading of

Ghosts

written by Chad Beckim

A researcher’s discovery of a long-held family secret unravels a legacy of trauma, asking, “Do our ancestors carry with them more than just memories?”

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Chad Beckim’s work has been developed by Partial Comfort, LAByrinth, The Lark, Ars Nova, Naked Angels, The Old Vic, New Victory Theater, EST/Sloan, and The Playwrights Realm.


Ghosts is part of this season's First Light Festival, learn more about the festival and other plays like this here.

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Do Androids Dream Of Electric BRUNCH?
Feb
10
12:30 PM12:30

Do Androids Dream Of Electric BRUNCH?

EST Youngblood & the EST/Sloan Project present

Do Androids Dream Of Electric BRUNCH?

the Youngblood Science Brunch

Pull out your Erlenmeyer flask, your bunsen burner, and your biography of Marie Curie and join us for five new plays celebrating science by the writers of Youngblood, as well as pancakes, bacon and (young)bloody marys!

featuring new short plays by Amanda Keating, Yilong Liu, Cristina Luzarraga, Megan Chan Meinero, & one play co-written by Lily Houghton & Sofya Levitsky-Weitz

Sunday, February 10

Brunch begins at 12:30pm, plays begin at 1pm!

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Feb
5
7:00 PM19:00

Have You Met Jane Goodall & Her Mother

EST/Sloan Project presents a First Light Reading of

Have You Met Jane Goodall & Her Mother

written by Michael Walek

The Tanzanian government allowed Jane Goodall to study chimpanzees in the wild under one condition- she must bring a chaperone, so she invited her mother.

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Michael Walek is playwright and producer. His work has been presented at EST, Joe’s Pub, The Signature and The Flea. He received his bachelors from NYU and his MFA from Columbia.


Have You Met Jane Goodall & Her Mother is part of this season's First Light Festival, learn more about the festival and other plays like this here

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Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

The Space Race

EST/Sloan Project presents a First Light Reading of

The Space Race

written by Marc Acito

The Space Race  explores the ethical quandary of rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, the only person to receive honors from both the USA and Nazi Germany.

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Marc Acito writes about social justice. Work includes Allegiance (Broadway), Bastard Jones (cell theatre, also directed); Birds of a Feather (Helen Hayes Award, Best Play).


The Space Race is part of this season's First Light Festival, learn more about the festival and other plays like this here.

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Jan
28
7:00 PM19:00

What Looks Like Pretty

EST/Sloan Project presents a First Light Reading of

What Looks Like Pretty

written by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder

When an African-American girl goes missing, Gloria and Charlie question how we perceive light and color, as well as who is seen and who is invisible.

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A Youngblood alum and NYU grad, Elyzabeth is currently the Tennessee Williams Playwright-in-Residence at Sewanee: The University of the South.


The Color Girl is part of this season's First Light Festival, learn more about the festival and other plays like this here.

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