THE STORY: As Fay copes with the death of her mother and loss of her childhood home, she seeks solace by visiting the bridge her mother took her to as a child. There she meets Hopkins, who walks the bridge as a balm for his own grieving. JUMP is a play full of flickering lights, vapes that fall from the sky, and the magic of hope in the midst of loss.
“[In JUMP]…heartstrings are not just plucked but shifted, and the reverberations are felt far longer than the final bows. …what is most profound about this play [is] the juxtaposition between the difficulty of connecting when you are drowning in loneliness and the hope of finding a place where connection, truth, and healing prevail.” —RDUOnStage.com. “Depression, grief, suicide, and mental illness are just some of the themes Charly Simpson explores in her play JUMP …While not offering any definitive answers, Simpson’s richly layered script does offer a ray of hope that connection is possible IF we pull together the courage to reach out, listen, and trust one another. It’s thought-provoking, cautionary storytelling that does what theater does best: informs, enlightens, entertains, and (hopefully) brings us closer together.” —BroadwayWorld.com. “[The playwright] makes clear…that [mental health] issues are complex and take time and effort to work through. It’s vital, though, to have help in dealing with them, to be connected with other people. And in JUMP, we’re reminded that the way to connect two points over dark waters is with a bridge.” —Austin Chronicle.