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Jump - A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere 


By Charly Evon Simpson

Directed by Shannon Grounds

In the whimsically theatrical world of Jump, lights flicker, hearts heal, and a young woman finds solace on a bridge. At once heartbreaking, hilarious, and hopeful, Jump is about the connections we share - with family, with friends, with strangers - the connections that bind us together, and lead us into the unknown. 

Written by Charly Evon Simpson, co-recipient of the Dramatists Guild's Lanford Wilson Award, and directed by Shrewd Artistic Director, Shannon Grounds; Jump stars Chelsea Manasseri, Allegra Jade Fox, Trey Deason, and Kyron Hayes, featuring set design by Indigo Rael, lighting design by Patrick Anthony and Emily Scott, sound design by Nick Hart, and costume design by Kaylee Silcocks. 

Jump is produced by Shrewd Productions as a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Other partnering theaters are PlayMakers Repertory Company (Chapel Hill), Confrontation Theatre and Milago (Portland), and Actors Express (Atlanta) with support from the David Goldman Fund for New American Plays. For more information, please visit



The Santa Cruz Theater
(Aztlan Dance Company) 

1805 E 7th St.
Austin, TX 78702 


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*September 13 - 29
Thursdays - Sundays 
at 8:00 PM

Industry Night:
Monday, September 23 at 8:00 PM

Jump is part of Shrewd's 2019 Season of Hope & Healing. Please join us in celebrating the healing power of human connection, with the national rolling world premiere of this inspiring new play!

About NNPN

National New Play Network (NNPN) is the country’s alliance of non-profit professional theaters dedicated to the development, production, and continued life of new plays. Since its founding in 1998, NNPN has supported more than 250 productions nationwide through its innovative National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere program, which provides playwright and production support for new works at its Member theaters. Additional programs - its annual National Conference, National Showcase of New Plays, Travel banks and online information sessions - have helped cement the Network’s position as a vital force in the new play landscape. NNPN also strives to pioneer, implement, and disseminate ideas and programs that revolutionize the way theaters collaborate to support new plays and playwrights. Its most recent project, the New Play Exchange, is changing the way playwrights share their work and others discover it by providing immediate access to information on nearly 17,000 new plays by living writers. NNPN’s 30 Core and 80 Associate Members - along with the more than 250 affiliated artists who are its alumni, the thousands of artists and artisans employed annually by its member theaters, and the hundreds of thousands of audience members who see its supported works each year - are creating the new American theater.

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