Milagro presents the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of JUMP a Co-Production with Confrontation Theatre which is a story of family, fantasy, and mental health. We spoke with Confrontation Artistic Director (and the director of the play) La'Tevin Alexander and Confrontation Company Member and Lead Actor Andrea Vernae about their theatre company and this timely production.
ABOUT CONFRONTATION THEATRE
Confrontation Theatre is a non-profit professional theatre company with the mission to present excellent, affordable theatre, by and about the African diaspora. We explore the black experience from a black perspective. Our stories are for us and by us, but we welcome all to come and experience a perspective that may be different than their own. We proudly display new work. By staying current, Confrontation Theatre can explore new playwrights and tell stories that you may have never heard before. Our goal? To create a window into what black life is actually like throughout the diaspora.
As the premiere Latino arts and culture center of the Pacific Northwest since 1985, Milagro provides extraordinary Latino theatre, culture, and arts education for the enrichment of all communities. Milagro MainStage produces a full season of regional or world premieres, including one Spanish language play each year, as well as our long-running Día de Muertos signature production. Teatro Milagro, Milagro’s touring and arts education program, presents its original bilingual plays and educational residencies to diverse and underserved communities across the nation. Milagro provides a home for Latino arts and culture at El Centro Milagro, where it enriches the local community with a variety of community engagement projects and educational programs designed to share the diversity of Latino culture. We entertain our audiences; we give them pause to think, feel and imagine; and, through the cultural lens of Latinidad, we reflect the full spectrum of humanity.
ABOUT THE PLAY
Where are we? Here. What time is it? Now.
A bridge that spans a deep gorge draws tourists, joggers, and more than a few wandering souls. Reeling from the death of her mother, 20-something Fay comes to the bridge looking for solace and a good place to vape, but what she finds is a journey of self-discovery. In the whimsically theatrical world of JUMP, lights flicker, hearts heal – and you never know when the unexpected will literally fall from the sky.
An original work from Charly Evon Simpson, JUMP is the all too familiar story of family, fantasy and mental health. Milagro is proud to present JUMP as a co-production with Confrontation Theatre, and as a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere.
Andrea Vernae* | Fay
Jasmine Cottrell | Judy
Charles Grant | Hopkins
Wrick Jones | Dad
*Member of Actor's Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United
Playwright | Charly Evon Simpson
Director | La’Tevin Alexander
Scenic Designer | Emily Wilken
Lighting Designer | Blanca Forzan
Costume Designer | Viola Horton
Sound Designer | Phillip Johnson
Props Master | Kyra Sanford
Rehearsal Stage Manager | Shira Goldeen
Production Stage Manager | Erin MacGillivray
Lighting Programmer | Joseph Gibson
Board Operator | Mikelle Kelly