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Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation present BEHIND THE SHEET by Charly Evon Simpson directed by Colette Robert* featuring Stephen James Anthony, Nia Calloway, Naomi Lorrain, Cristina Pitter, Shawn Randall, Joel Ripka, Megan Tusing, Amber Reauchean Williams, & Jehan O. Young Charly Evon Simpson confronts the history of a great medical breakthrough by telling the forgotten story of a community of enslaved black women who involuntarily enabled the discovery. In 1840s Alabama, Philomena assists a doctor - her owner - as he performs experimental surgeries on her fellow slave women, trying to find a treatment for the painful post-childbirth complications known as fistulas. Reframing the origin story of modern gynecology, Behind the Sheet tells how these women supported each other, and questions who, and what, history remembers.


January 9 - February 3, 2019

Mon-Sat @ 7pm (except Tuesdays)

Sun @ 5pm

Saturday Matinee @ 2pm on 1/19, 1/26, 2/2


Ensemble Studio Theatre

545 West 52nd Street

2nd Floor

New York, NY 10019


$20 Early Bird Special (Ends January 9th)

$30 for general admission

$40 for reserved seating

$25 for students, seniors and EST Members