Hottentotted is a play that yarns together imagined moments in the life of Saartjie “Sarah” Baartman, the Hottentott Venus, with the lives and experiences of black American women learned through interviews and conversations over the last two years.
About the Artists
By Charly Evon Simpson
Directed by Colette Robert
Featuring: Cristina Pitter, Monica Jones, Starr Kirkland, Akyiaa Wilson, Erin Roche, Jehan O. Young
Charly Evon Simpson is a playwright and performer. Her plays include Hottentotted, who we let in, While We Wait, Scratching the Surface, and more. Her work has been seen, heard, and/or developed at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ars Nova, The Flea, The Brick, The Tank, Crashbox Theater Company, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and HERE. Charly is a member of Pipeline’s 2017 PlayLab and is an alum of Youngblood and Fresh Ground Pepper’s 2015 PlayGround PlayGroup. Charly received her A.B. from Brown, a master’s in Women’s Studies from Oxford, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Playwriting at Hunter College.
Colette Robert is a Los Angeles native currently living and working in New York. Recent directing credits include: THE ASH GIRL (Alfred University), THE MOUNTAINTOP (Chester Theatre Company), ICONS/IDOLS (The New Ohio/Ice Factory Festival), HOTTENTOTTED (Ars Nova/ANT Fest), FLOPS, FAILURES, AND FIASCOS (The Civilians/Let Me Ascertain You), SOMETHING LIKE LONELINESS (EST Marathon), and WHEN LAST WE FLEW (Diversionary Theatre and FringeNYC, GLAAD Media Award). Colette is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and co-facilitator of the New Georges Jam. Alumnus of Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program, and The Civilians R&D Group. Colette was a 2015-2016 Audrey Resident at New Georges and the Public Theater’s 2009 Van Lier Directing Fellow. M.A., RADA and King’s College, London. B.A., Yale University.
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