Charly Evon Simpson is the recipient of The Vineyard's 2019–2020 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award. Simpson, whose play Behind the Sheet received a critically acclaimed, three-times extended world premiere Off-Broadway last season, will be presented with the award at The Vineyard's annual Emerging Artists Luncheon November 25.
Simpson’s other plays include Jump, form of a girl unknown, which is currently receiving its world premiere at Salt Lake Acting Company, and it’s not a trip it’s a journey, which was developed and presented at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center's Playwrights Conference this past summer.
Following the award presentation, Slave Play playwright Jeremy O. Harris, a previous recipient of the award, will sit down with Simpson for an onstage Q&A. Tickets are available here.
Other recipients of the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award include Antoinette Nwandu, Kate Tarker, Boo Killebrew, Clare Barron, Christopher Chen, Erika Sheffer, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Kara Lee Corthron, Rajiv Joseph, and Tarell Alvin McCraney.
Simpson is also a recipient of the Lanford Wilson Award and was nominated for the John Gassner Award.