Know Theatre of Cincinnati

it’s not a trip it’s a journey

it's not a trip it's a journey by Charly Evon Simpson.  A photograph shows the silhouettes of four Black women on a hill at sunrise.  Behind the photograph is a road map of the United States.

I feel like a journey is just a hard vacation or is that wrong?

Get in the car with your four best friends – we’re about to change our lives. June, Frankie, Rain, and Willie set out on a cross-country journey that tests their identities and strengthens their bonds as they explore their own ways of being Black, femme, and American in this National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere.

Keywords: Roadtrip ·  friendships ·  Black femme ·  America

Rated: PG-13 (language, adult themes)

Run Time: 2 hours plus one 15 minute intermission.

NOTE: Due to a case of Covid-19 within the production, all remaining performances will be offered as VIDEO ON DEMAND ONLY.

Pandemic Safety: Please note that masks will be required for all audience members during the run of it’s not a trip it’s a journeyRead more about our health and safety policies.

Masks will provided to audience members who arrive without them thanks to the generous support of our Season Mask Sponsor, the Debbie L & Richard L Westheimer Family Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

Creative Team

Director: Daryl Harris
Intimacy Direction: Torie Wiggins
Choreography: Kim Popa
Scenic & Lighting Designer: Andrew Hungerford
Costume Designer: Noelle Wedig-Johnston
Sound Designer: Douglas Borntrager
Props Designer & Scenic Artist: Danielle Robison
Stage Manager: Grace Wohlschlegel
Technical Director: Jim Stark


Ariel Mary Ann … Willie
Angelique Archer … Frankie
A.J. Baldwin … Rain
Jasimine Bouldin … June

it’s not a trip it’s a journey is produced at Know Theatre as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Other Partner Theaters are Round House Theatre (Bethesda, MD) and Good Company Theatre (Ogden, UT). For more information, please visit

Show Sponsor

Drew Gores & George Warrington, Dan & Fran Bailey and the Warrington Family Foundation

Production Images by Dan R. Winters Photography