it’s not a trip it’s a journey
By Charly Evon Simpson
Directed by Nicole A. Watson

Abigail Onwunali as june
Ann-Kathryne Mills as frankie
Moriamo Temidayo Akibu as willie
Ashley J. Hicks as rain

Production Staff
Sound Fellow: Meghan Roche
Stage Manager: Sarah Chandler
Directing Fellow: Alyssa Stanford
Video Design: Andrew Borba
Sound Supervisor: John Kolbinski

Special thanks to Jared Canfield and Nayib Felix.

CTC Core Staff
Artistic Director: Andrew Borba
Managing Director: Sarah Clare Corporandy
Marketing & Communications Director: Maggie Wilson
Company Manager: Christine McKay
Production Stage Manager: Jenny Kennedy
Production & Facilities Manager: Sarah Chandler
Artistic Producer: Sarah Elizabeth Wansley
Conservatory Liaison: Stori Ayers
Business Manager: Liz Ellis

Chautauqua Theater Company’s New Play Workshops are generously supported by Roe Green and the Roe Green Foundation.

This is a benefit performance for the Chautauqua Education Program.



We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions:
Through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.

Charly SimpsonCharly Evon Simpson (Playwright)
Brooklyn, NY
CTC-Second Season

Charly Evon Simpson’s plays include Behind the Sheet, Jump, form of a girl unknown, it’s not a trip it’s a journey, and more. Her work has been seen and/or developed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lark, P73, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, and others. She is a recipient of the Vineyard Theatre's Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the Dramatists Guild's Lanford Wilson Award. She has received commissions from MTC/Sloan, The New Group, EST/Sloan, Cleveland Play House, and South Coast Repertory. She is a new core writer at the Playwrights' Center and is a member of The New Georges Jam. She’s a former member of SPACE on Ryder Farm’s The Working Farm, WP Theater’s 2018-2020 Lab, Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers’ Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, and Pipeline Theatre Company’s PlayLab. 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.

Nicole WatsonNicole A. Watson (Director)
Jamaican by birth. Lives in Rockville, MD
CTC- First Season

Associate Artistic Director at Round House Theatre. Jocelyn Bioh’s School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play, Eleanor Burgess’ The Niceties, Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House Part 2, Lynn Nottage’s Sweat, Robert Schenkkan's The Great Society, the world premiere of Kevin R. Free’s Night of the Living N-Word (NY Fringe Festival), the world premiere of the opera Approaching Ali, (Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center), the world premiere of Johnna Adams’ World Builders at the Contemporary American Theater Festival.


Abigail OnwunaliAbigail Onwunali
Houston, Texas
Conservatory Actor
CTC: First Season

Abigail C. Onwunali is a rising second year at the Yale School of Drama.

Credits include: The Salt Women and Swimmers at the Yale School of Drama, Is God Is at the Yale Cabaret, Girls (Understudy) at the Yale Repertory Theatre.

Ann Kathryne MillsAnn-Kathryne Mills
Nashville, TN
Conservatory Actor
CTC: First Season

Educational: Detroit '67, Macbeth, Watermelon Eating Contest, Uncle Vanya (NYU Grad Acting).

Tẹmídayọ M AMoriamo Temidayo Akibu
Washington, DC
Guest Actor
CTC: First Season

Tẹmídayọ is an actor, singer, director, activist, healer, writer, filmmaker, and producer. Upcoming: The Color Purple (Signature Theatre), Fun Home (Studio Theatre). Their latest single: Four Womxn, will premiere summer 2020. Some of their performance credits include: Coffeehouse Chronicles #124 (Ping Chong and Company at La MaMa ETC), School Girls: or, The African Means Girls Play (Round House Theatre); She a Gem (world premiere, The Kennedy Center); The Ruby Sunrise (Shakespeare Theatre Company r.); The Interstellar Ghost Hour (Longacre Lea - Helen Hayes Award: Outstanding Supporting Actress n.). Screen credits include: Bestie Picks Bae (Seventeen Magazine); Singled Out (MTV); The Infection (Longacre Lea u.). Tẹmídayọ is a Quadrant Playwright at Theatre Alliance, where their play, Freshman Year, received its world premiere reading as part of the Word Becomes Action Festival. BA: Theatre, The University of Maryland. Instagram: @temidayoma.

Ashley J HicksAshley J. Hicks
St. Louis, MO
Conservatory Actor
CTC: First Season

Regional: L'imitation of Life (Hell in a Handbag); Megastasis,Little Flower of East Orange, Our Lady of 121st Street, Ruined (Eclipse Theater Co.); Animals Commit Suicide (First Floor Theater); Utopia (Otherworld Theater); . Ensemble-member with Eclipse Theater. Awards: NBC Universal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship Award, Benjamin Bratt Diversity Scholarship Award, Voices Unleashed Award (STL Fringe Festival). Education: University of Missouri - Columbia (BA), Act One Studios, American Conservatory Theater (MFA, c/o 2021).

Production Team

Meghan Roche
Seattle, WA
Sound Fellow
CTC: First Season

Regional: CAUGHT, Bootycandy (Intiman Theatre); Richard III, Pericles, Twelfth Night (Seattle Shakespeare Company); 63 Trillion (Sandbox Radio); Dry Land (Seattle Public Theatre); Pageant (A Sensible Theatre Company & ACTLab); Happy, Happy, Happy (Macha Theatre Works); Sex with Strangers (ReACT Theatre); The Twilight Zone: Live! (Theater Schmeater); 3 Americans: Voices of Hope (West of Lenin); Twelfth Night, The Importance of Being Earnest (Twisp Merc Theatre). Educational credits: Living Out (UC Irvine); Picnic, House of Suenõs, 12 Ophelias: A Play with Broken Songs (Seattle University). Awards: Gregory Award for Outstanding Sound Design, 2018 (Richard III, co-designed by Roberston Witmer). Education: BA in Theatre with Honors from Seattle University, 2016; current MFA Sound Design Candidate at UC Irvine.

Sarah Chandler
Opelika, AL
Production & Facilities Manager (Stage Manager)

CTC: Third Season. Sarah Chandler is the head of the theatre management BFA at Auburn University in Auburn, AL. Chandler has made a professional life as a freelance producer and manager for over 15 years with companies like Pig Iron Theatre Company, The Public Theater & Joe's Pub, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, and Martha Graham Cracker. Her most recent projects include Lashed But Not Leashed at The Guthrie in Minneapolis (Feb 2019) and The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia (Mar 2019), plus the COVID-19-interrupted world premiere (Mar 2020) of The White Lama, co-created by Nikki Appino and Philip Glass. MFA: Theatre Management, Virginia Tech; BA: Sociology, Wesleyan College.

Alyssa Stanford
Bowie, MD
Directing Fellow
CTC: First Season

Holiday Cheer!, Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Sweet Charity, Bring It On (Talent Machine Company); Cinderella (ERHS); Wizard of Oz (CTA); Spamalot! (PSU Centre Stage). BFA Musical Theatre at Penn State.

John Kolbinski
Hopewell Junction, NY - currently, Philadelphia, PA
Sound Supervisor
CTC: 4th Season

CTC: The Christians, One Man Two Guvnors, A Midsummer Night's Dream, How The Light Gets In, On the Exhale, Agent 355, An Octoroon, Airness, Into the Breeches, As You Like it, Untitled Russia Play, Jump, The Amish Project, Noises Off, Detroit '67, R&J, Birthday Candles, Building the Wall. Regional: The Winter Wonderettes (Hampton Arts, The American Theatre); Popcorn Falls, Civil War Voices, The Winter Wonderettes, Baskerville, Souvenir, The Gift, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Always…Patsy Cline (Walnut); The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare in Clark Park); Basic Witches (Robert Hager); Behold Her (FringeArts/Half Key Theatre Co); Mort (New Paradise Laboratories); Every Brilliant Thing (Arden). Audio Engineer at Arden Theatre Company, InterAct Theatre Company and Chautauqua Theater Company. Sound Systems Designer, InterAct’s Drake Theater.