By Frankie Kujawa
JUMP, now running through Sunday, February 19th at Everyman Theatre, is the enlightening story about the bonds that unite us and the journey of experiencing grief. Written by Charly Evon Simpson and Directed by Summer L. Williams, JUMP is the poignant and heartwarming play about family, spiritual journeys, and life-altering connections. Charm City-native Morgan Danielle Day celebrates her Everman debut as she portrays the role of Judy in the performance. Day discusses the complexities of this performance, as well as her excitement to return to her hometown.
In JUMP, audiences will meet a young woman named "Fay" who arrives back home to pack after the loss of her mother and the family home. She seeks solace by visiting the bridge her mother took her to as a child. There she begins to take notice of mysterious circumstances happening in the world around her. Day portrays the complex role of Fay's older sister "Judy" in the performance.
Frankie Kujawa: What can audiences expect from this production of JUMP?
Morgan Danielle Day: Audiences can expect a fantastic production, as a whole. From the supreme sound design, ingenious direction, well-crafted storytelling, and beautifully built set JUMP is sure to captivate and warm the hearts of many. However, the main thing audience members are certain to be able to expect is the unexpected. They must be ready to question everything they know about Charly Evon Simpsons’ well written characters.
Frankie Kujawa: Could you describe a little about your character of “Judy” in JUMP?
Morgan Danielle Day: Judy is the light! She brightens every room she walks in, always has a giant smile on her face, and loves her family dearly. Referred to as “Ms. Perfect”. She is the golden child, and responsible big sister with a touch of sass and a lot of heart. Her interactions with Fay [played by Billie Krishawn] are light-hearted with a few jabs, yet always rooted in care. A former ballerina and violinist, she does her best to find happiness despite the passing of her mother and worldly obstacles. Judy is, all in all, satisfied with her decisions.
"There are no words that can describe the unparalleled joy I feel in making my debut at Everyman Theatre! It is an important staple in the community and, as a Baltimore School for the Arts alum, I grew up with Everyman. The productions and actors were the standard that set the example for me to become the artist I am today. Everyone has their favorite thing about home. Everyman is mine.”
~ Morgan Danielle Day
Frankie Kujawa: As a Baltimore-native, how does it feel to perform here in your hometown?
Morgan Danielle Day: There’s no place like home! I am so grateful to be in the city that is the sole source of my early development as an artist and human being. I’m ecstatic that my entire family will finally be able to see me perform for the first time in over a decade. These are my roots. I owe a lot to Baltimore.
Frankie Kujawa: This performance will be your debut at Everyman Theatre. Could you describe performing in a theatre such as this?
Morgan Danielle Day: I grew up going to Everyman! As a theatre student, at the Baltimore School for the Arts, we’d see the most talented actors perform on Everyman’s stage and the fact that I am now one of those actors is mind-blowing! I am currently living a dream come true, and I want to sincerely thank Everyman for this wonderful opportunity!
Frankie Kujawa: If you could give advice to others who are growing up in Baltimore and want to pursue their dream/passion to be a performer, or even your younger-self, what would you say?
Morgan Danielle Day: That’s a great question. I’d say if you have a dream, follow it. Put the work in and remain consistent. Seek the best training you can. The Arena Players played a major role in my artistic development, as did the Baltimore School for the Arts. Don’t be afraid to spread your wings and leave the city. It will contribute to your growth both artistically and personally. It may be difficult not to but NEVER compare yourself to anyone else. Your path is your path and what is for you will never pass you by. Network as much as can and lastly, yet most important, be a good person. It is imperative that you have ethics, integrity, and a moral code in which you stand by.
For more information on JUMP please visit : https://everymantheatre.org/event/jump/