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bridge & tunnel
08.06.04
Arts and Culture:
Sarah Jones
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Acclaimed playwright, poet and actor Sarah Jones is concluding the off-Broadway run of her award-winning one-woman show BRIDGE & TUNNEL. Scheduled to open on Broadway in March 2005, BRIDGE & TUNNEL has received numerous accolades including the Obie Award, Theatre World Award and Drama League Award. Nominations included Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critics Circle Award.

In BRIDGE & TUNNEL, Jones's fresh ingredients are added to the modern urban American melting pot. Building on the success of her previous show SURFACE TRANSIT, fourteen characters travel the roads of assimilation to tell the story of American change in an ever-changing America. Mohammed, a charismatic Pakistani accountant; Mrs. Ling, the Chinese mother adjusting to her daughter's alternative lifestyle and Lydia, a Latina with a quick wit and an even faster tongue, are but a few of Jones's gallery of characters. This mix of voices emanates from the reaches of New York's boroughs with origins far beyond the city's limits.

David Brancaccio sits down with Sarah Jones to talk about connecting the dots between her art and contemporary politics. Learn more about Jones below.

Sarah Jones
Sarah Jones is a playwright, poet, actor and activist. She attended Bryn Mawr College where she was the recipient of the Mellon Minority Fellowship, then returned to her native New York City and began writing and performing.

Her first three solo shows, SURFACE TRANSIT, WOMEN CAN'T WAIT, and WAKING THE AMERICAN DREAM have garnered numerous honors including a Helen Hayes Award, HBO's Aspen Comedy Arts Festival's Best One Person Show Award, and a Drama Desk Award nomination.

Jonesí shows have enjoyed sold-out runs at The Kennedy Center, Berkeley Repertory Theater and the American Place Theatre, among others, and have been presented for such audiences as the United Nations, the Supreme Court of Nepal, and members of the U.S. Congress.

Jones' commitment to activism through art has earned her grants from the Ford Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and others. She recently made history by suing the FCC for its ban of her celebrated poem/song "Your Revolution", and eventually forced reversal of the censorship. She is currently at work on a television project for Bravo.

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