What do A Midsummer Night’s Dream, menstruation and a string of mysterious deaths in the woods have in common? (I’ll give you a hint: the answer is not “a high school theatre kid’s stress dream.”) In her new play, Form of a Girl Unknown, Charly Evon Simpson combines all of these elements and more into a completely unique coming-of-age story. The show will run at Salt Lake Acting Company from Oct. 16 to Nov. 17.

Form of a Girl Unknown
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Form of a Girl Unknown

Salt Lake Acting Company – Chapel Theater

Oct. 16 – Nov. 17

Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Additional performances on Oct. 22, Nov. 2, Nov. 9 and Nov. 12

Tickets and info here

The play follows 12-year-old Amari (Amanda Morris), who is navigating pubescent dramas both typical (like backstabbing friends, distracted parents and changing bodies) and not (like those pesky killings in the woods). 

Simpson previously workshopped the play at Salt Lake Acting Company. Now, Form of a Girl Unknown will have its world premiere on the same stage. “I left Salt Lake City last summer hoping the play would some way, somehow make its way back to SLAC … and now the dream is coming true,” Simpson said.

This play is entirely focused on the perspective of a young black girl, which is still depressingly rare. The play, however, should still be relatable to anyone who had a tough time growing up — so, pretty much anyone. “It is about the transition — the awkward transition — between childhood and adulthood,” said director Melissa Crespo.

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