2018 SLAC Grant Staged Reading

Salt Lake Acting Company & The Davey Foundation are thrilled to announce that the winner of the 2018 Davey Foundation Theatre Grant is Charly Evon Simpson’s FORM OF A GIRL UNKNOWN.   

The free staged reading at SLAC on Monday, July 16, 2018  was a HUGE success!

Simpson’s play was selected from 35 nationwide script submissions. The selection committee was comprised of theatre professionals as well as collaborators and friends of David Fetzer. They were Austin Archer, Rae Binstock, Kathleen Cahill, Olivia Custodio, Robin Wilks Dunn, Ariana Farber, Cynthia Fleming, Julie Jensen, Tito Livas, Shannon Musgrave, Betsy Ross, Cassandra Stokes-Wylie, and Katherine Vondy.

FORM OF A GIRL UNKNOWN  received a weeklong developmental workshop at the Salt Lake Acting Company. The artistic team is always comprised of professional artists including a director, dramaturg, stage manager, and actors.

About the Play

Amali is a 12-year-old girl who finds herself on the edge of womanhood and is having trouble navigating her new world. Her mom is always busy and her sister is about to have a baby of her own. Her friend, Marina, has ditched her, but her new best friend, Finn, is always there to listen – until he can’t take it anymore. Her fascination with her changing body is one thing, but her fascination with the story of siblings killed in the woods is another thing entirely.

About the Playwright


Charly Evon Simpson is a playwright from New York City. Her plays include JUMP, SCRATCHING THE SURFACE, BEHIND THE SHEET, FORM OF A GIRL UNKNOWN, HOTTENTOTTED, and WHILE WE WAIT. JUMP will be having a rolling world premiere in 2019, debuting at PlayMakers Repertory Company in NC, Milagro in OR, and Actor’s Express in GA. Her work has been seen, heard, and/or developed at NNPN’s MFA Playwrights Workshop at The Kennedy Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ars Nova, The Flea, and others. She is a member of the 18/19 ‘Wright Club with The Amoralists, is The Pack’s playwright-in-residence, and was one of the three playwrights chosen for Forward Flux’s Three New American Plays commission. Charly has worked on commissions from the EST/Sloan, Clubbed Thumb, and more. Charly is a former member of Clubbed Thumb’s Early-Career Writer’s Group, SPACE on Ryder Farm’s The Working Farm, 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

Salt Lake Acting Company’s mission is to engage and enrich community through brave contemporary theatre.Founded in 1970, SLAC is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 professional theatre dedicated to producing, commissioning, and developing new works and to supporting a community of professional artists. SLAC has been nationally recognized by the Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Edgerton Foundation, among others. SLAC operates under a STP Actors Equity Association contract and is a Constituent Member of Theatre Communications Group (a national organization for non-profit professional regional theatres), and the National New Play Network (a national alliance of non-profit professional theatres that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays). More information at www.saltlakeactingcompany.org.