form of a girl unknown

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's 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...
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's 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.
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form of a girl unknown

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  • Kate Schnetzer:
    4 May. 2021
    Simpson's world sucks you in immediately and completely. I haven't come across a more realistic group of fictional middle schoolers. So much nuance and care are given to every aspect of this piece. Simpson is not afraid to explore the full breadth and depth of complicated young minds and their relationships. Truly magical while still staying wholly grounded.
  • Cheryl Bear:
    5 Mar. 2021
    Terrific insight into coming of age and the struggle of the journey when we have enormous questions to answer. Excellent.
  • Audrey Lang:
    16 Feb. 2021
    This is the second play of Charly Evon Simpson's that I've read (in 24 hours... I got a little excited), and I love how much respect she gives her young teen/tween characters, a demographic that so often feels ignored, brushed off, or not written/depicted as real people onstage. Amali is daring, deep, and determined, a fabulously nuanced character that an actor would be so lucky to play.

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Westport Country Playhouse
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    The Lark
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    SPACE on Ryder Farm
    ,
    2018
  • Residency
    ,
    SPACE on Ryder Farm
    ,
    2017

Production History

Awards

The Kilroys List
,
2019
Finalist
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Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship
,
2018
Selection
,
Playwrights' Week
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The Lark
,
2018