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May 15 - 15, 2021 , A Virtual Event

I’m Back Now

by Charly Evon Simpson

Charly Evon Simpson will share the inspiration for her new play, I’m Back Now, based on Clevelander Sara Lucy Bagby, the last person in the United States prosecuted under the Fugitive Slave Act. While Bagby’s final resting place is in Cleveland’s historic Woodland Cemetery, Charly reflects on this fascinating saga in African American history through a walking tour of Greenwood Cemetery near her Brooklyn, NY home. CLICK HERE to order on demand.

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Charly Evon Simpson

Charly Evon Simpson

(Playwright) is a playwright, TV writer, and teacher based in Brooklyn. Her 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 more(Playwright) is a playwright, TV writer, and teacher based in Brooklyn. Her 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 Vineyard Theatre's Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the Dramatists Guild's Lanford Wilson Award. This fall, she will begin her seven year residency with New Dramatists. She currently has theatre commissions with MTC/Sloan, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Cleveland Play House, Elizabeth George Commission/South Coast Rep, and PlayMakers Repertory Company. She's also currently working on TV shows for HBO and teaching playwriting at SUNY Purchase. Charly has a BA from Brown University, a master’s in Women’s Studies from University of Oxford, New College, and her MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College.

Afi Scruggs

Afi Scruggs

(Live Conversation Guest) is an award-winning writer, journalist, and author who lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Her career started in 1983 as a freelancer in Richmond, Va. After that, she worked at newspapers in the Washington D.C. area, Jackson, Miss., and Dayton, Ohio before settling in Cleveland. Her articles more(Live Conversation Guest) is an award-winning writer, journalist, and author who lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Her career started in 1983 as a freelancer in Richmond, Va. After that, she worked at newspapers in the Washington D.C. area, Jackson, Miss., and Dayton, Ohio before settling in Cleveland. Her articles and columns have appeared in the Washington Post, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, The U.S. edition of the Guardian, USA Today, and Essence magazine and on washingtonpost.com. Her audio segments have been broadcast on APM’s Money, NPR/WBUR’s Only A Game, and both WKSU 89.7 and WCPN 90.3, NPR affiliates in northeast Ohio. Her recent accolades include Best Freelancer in Ohio Digital, and second place, Best Feature Writer in Ohio, from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists (2020). She placed third for the 2020 Best Freelancer in Ohio from the Cleveland Press Club. She’s also written three books: Jump Rope Magic, published by Scholastic; a genealogical memoir, Claiming Kin: Confronting the History of an African-American Family; and an essay collection entitled Beyond Stitch and Bitch: Reflections on Knitting and Life. The New York Times Book Review called Jump Rope Magic a “magical, spunky book.” Afi has a PhD in Slavic linguistics from Brown University and a BA in Russian from the University of Chicago. She’s also an accomplished bass player.

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