Jones' Transit Ends at OOB's PS 122 Aug. 26 Surface Transit, solo performer Sarah Jones' monologue, finishes its Off-Off-Broadway stint at P.S. 122 Aug. 26. Performances began June 14 for an official opening June 18. The show had initially been targeting Off-Broadway's American Place Theatre and had a presentation there for an invited audience last August.
Gloria Feliciano directed and Danny Hoch (Some People) produced the piece by Jones, a 1997 Nuyorican Grand Slam winner.
Transit features slices of the lives of eight ordinary people, old and young, poor and rich, male and female, who are either victims of hate or the victimizers. Jones performs characters including Miss Lady, an elderly street person; Joe, a racist Italian-American cop; and Rashid, a recovering addict. Jones makes external connections between the characters, as when an immigrant home healthcare worker dresses her daughter for school, thus making her late for her job. Later, we see an old Jewish woman taking a phone survey -- and complaining about the healthcare worker who's late again and will likely be fired for it.
Jones, born into a mixed marriage in Baltimore but raised in Queens, is a 25 year old "zebra" as she calls herself. Other projects have included fine-tuning The Capeman, the poetry piece "Blood" and tracks on the hip hop albums, "Eargasms" and "Lyricist Lounge Vol. 1."
For information on Surface Transit at P.S. 122, 150 First Ave (9th Street), call (212) 477-5288. -- By David Lefkowitz
and Christine Ehren