Friday, March 15, 2024

Shattered Globe’s Midwest Premiere of Jump April 19-June 1 at Theater Wit

 Shattered Globe’s 33rd season finale


a Midwest premiere bridging heartbreak and hope, debuts 

April 19-June 1 at Theater Wit

Shattered Globe’s 33rd season finale, Jumpa Midwest premiere bridging heartbreak and hope, debuts April 19-June 1 at Theater Wit

(top, from left) Jazzma Pryor plays Fay and Jennifer Glasse is Judy in Jump, a Shattered GlobeTheatre Midwest premiere. Jump is written by (bottom, from left) Charly Evon Simpson, directed by AmBer Montgomery, and features SGT Ensemble Member Jazzma Pryor as Fay, Jennifer Glasse as Judy, Jeffrey Kurysz as Hopkins and Alfred Wilson as Dad.  

Shattered Globe has been a favorite of ours for decades, here at ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows. They're known for exploring drama from bold, challenging perspectives, and we're here for it. We're very much looking forward to seeing their 33rd season finale, Jump. It's always a joy to see a premiere, and we couldn't agree more with their mission statement: "Shattered Globe’s values are rooted in a commitment to racial equityrespect for all artists and support for the ensemble, while creating new opportunities to amplify traditionally marginalized voices and collaborate in all aspects of our work." I'll be out for the press opening, April 22nd, so check back soon for my full review.

Experience the magic of hope, healing and the promise of human connection when Shattered Globe Theatre presents Jump, a Midwest premiere by Charly Evon Simpson, directed by SGT associate artistic director AmBer Montgomery. Performances are April 19-June 1, 2024 at Theater Wit. 

Meet Fay and Hopkins, two strangers looking for solace on a bridge over dark waters. Fay gives Hopkins hope. Hopkins helps Fay grieve for her mother and the loss of her childhood home. Lights flicker and vapes fall from the sky as two strangers explore the idea of survival. As they dive into swift currents of loss, grief, mental health and family relations, Fay and Hopkins also have wonderful moments of humor, warmth and magical realism, reminders that one one way to deal with grief is to find connections with others. 

The cast for JumpShattered Globe’s 33rd season finale, features Ensemble Member Jazzma Pryor as Fay, and Jennifer Glasse as Judy, Jeffrey Kurysz as Hopkins and Alfred Wilson as Dad. The Jump production team includes Regina Garcia and Lindsay Mummert (co-scenic designers), Rachel Lambert (costume designer), Levi Wilkins (lighting designer), Christopher Kriz (sound designer), Jamie Auer (props designer), Cassidy Wray (production stage manager) and Becca Smith (production manager). 

“I've been looking forward to working on this play for over a year now,” said AmBer Montgomery, director of Jump and Shattered Globe’s associate artistic director. “At the heart of this production is our brilliant playwright, Charly. She's masterfully navigated the complexities of grief, family dynamics, and friendship, combining these heavy themes with an element of whimsy and magic. We have a fantastic cast who all share such personal relationships to this story. We can't wait to share this story with Chicago.”

The first preview, Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m., is Pay-What-You-Can. Previews continue Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 21 at 3 p.m. Previews are $10-$25. 

Performances continue through June 1: Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Exception: No show Thursday, April 25 or Thursday, May 16. There is an added matinee on closing day, Saturday, June 1 at 3 p.m.

Shattered Globe is a resident company at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago’s Lakeview community. Tickets to regular performances are $15-$52. Purchase tickets online at, by calling the Theater Wit box office, (773) 975-8150, or in person at Theater Wit. For group discounts, email or call (773) 770-0333Shattered Globe also offers a waived ticket program to ensure maximum accessibility.

Access: Theater Wit is wheelchair accessible, and all patrons with mobility needs are invited to purchase access tickets with the code ACCESS20 at Theater Wit’s checkout page. Please also email to make sure SGT can reserve the right seat for your access needs.

Assisted Listening Devices are available for all performances. 

Audio Description and a Touch Tour will be offered on Friday, May 3. The Touch Tour begins at 6:45 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

Open Captions will be provided at the Sunday, May 26 matinee. 

Use code ACCESS20 for $20 tickets to take advantage of these accessibility offerings.

Note (at press time): Masks are optional but encouraged for most performances and will be mandatory at three designated performances to be announced.

Visit for more information, including content warnings, news of special events, accessible ticket options and SGT's full mask policy. Find and follow the company on social media @shatteredglobe on FacebookInstagram and Twitter

Playwright and director biographies
Plays by Charly Evon Simpson (playwright, she/her) include JumpBehind the Sheetform of a girl unknownit’s not a trip it’s a journeysandblasted,and more. Her work has been seen and/or developed with The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Vineyard Theatre, WP Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lark, Page 73, Ars Nova, Chautauqua Theater Company, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, The Fire This Time Festival, National New Play Network through its NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop and National Showcase of New Plays, and others. Simpson was named the 2019-20 recipient of the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award from the Vineyard Theatre, co-recipient of the Dramatists Guild’s Lanford Wilson Award, was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Award, and had two of her plays on the 2019 Kilroys List. Jump is the first recipient of the David Goldman Fund for New Plays. She has received commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club/Sloan, EST/Sloan, South Coast Repertory, Barnard College, and more. She’s currently a core writer at The Playwrights’ Center and a resident of New Dramatists. She is a former member of WP Theater’s 2018-2020 Theater Lab, SPACE on Ryder Farm’s The Working Farm, Clubbed Thumb’s 17/18 Early Career Writers’ Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre's Youngblood, The Amoralists’ Wright Club, and Pipeline Theatre’s PlayLab. She has also worked for HBO, on the second season of Industry, among other projects. Before that, she worked on Showtime’s American Rust. She received her 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, where she studied with Annie Baker, Brighde Mullins and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.  

AmBer Montgomery (director, she/her) is a director, educator and multi-disciplinary artist from Detroit, Michigan. She is Shattered Globe Theatre’s associate artistic director, where she recently served as lead producer forRadial Gradient and directed Rasheeda Speaking, earning her a Jeff nomination for Best Director. Other directing credits include The Snow Queen(The House Theater), Countess Dracula (Otherworld Theater) and hippolytos (Story Theatre New Play Festival). Her associate and assistant directing credits include Sheepdog (Shattered Globe), School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play (Goodman Theatre), LINDIWE (Steppenwolf Theatre), Too Heavy for Your Pocket (TimeLine Theatre), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Writers Theatre), Measure for Measure (American Players Theater) and First Love is the Revolution (Steep Theatre). She was awarded a 2020 FAIR Assistantship at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and a 2018 Fellowship at Steppenwolf Theatre. She has attended training programs at the Globe Theater in London and LISPA (now Arthaus Berlin). Originally trained as an actor, Montgomery holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Minnesota Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program.

About Shattered Globe Theatre
Shattered Globe Theatre was born in a storefront space on Halsted Street in 1991. Since then, SGT has produced more than 80 plays, including nine American and world premieres, and garnered an impressive 44 Jeff Awards and 118 Jeff Award nominations, as well as the acclaim of critics and audiences alike. 

Shattered Globe Theatre, guided by Producing Artistic Director Sandy Shinner, seeks to discover new connections between storyartist and audience by exploring drama from bold, challenging perspectives, and continuously redefining what it means to be an ensemble theatre

Shattered Globe’s values are rooted in a commitment to racial equityrespect for all artists and support for the ensemble, while creating new opportunities to amplify traditionally marginalized voices and collaborate in all aspects of our work. Through initiatives such as the Protégé Program, Shattered Globecreates a space which allows emerging artists to grow and share in the ensemble experience.

Shattered Globe Theatre’s Ensemble has 30 members: Judy AndersonLouis ConteyDavid DastmalchianDemetra Dee, Joe ForbrichChristina GormanDaria HarperTina M. JachRebecca JordanSteve KleinedlerVivian KnouseAmBer MontgomeryTina Muñoz PandyaEileen NiccolaiJazzma PryorHailey RakowieckiDeanna Reed-FosterLinda ReiterNate SantanaDrew SchadAdam SchulmerichLeslie Ann SheppardSandy ShinnerJoe SikoraRoger SmartShelley StrasserDevonte E. WashingtonSarah Jo WhiteJoseph Wiens and Brad Woodard.

SGT’s Artistic Associates now number 20 including Daniela ColucciMikey GrayLawrence GrimmDarren JonesChristopher KrizJason LynchElizabeth Margolius, Kelsey MelvinTim NewellJane NixAila PeckSteve PeeblesDavid Antonio ReedJasmine Cheri RushAngie ShrinerAbbey SmithBecca SmithMichael TrudeauAyanna Wimberley and Austin Winter.

Shattered Globe Theatre is partially supported and funded by generous grants 
from the Bayless Family Foundation, the Shulman-Rochambeau Charitable FoundationBrenda and James GruseckiCarol P. Eastin, a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Paul M. Angell Family FoundationThe Shubert FoundationThe Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council.

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