The solo show has recouped its entire investment of $200,000 within seven weeks of the first preview performance. Previews began Feb. 6 at the 45 Bleecker Street Theatre and the show opened Feb. 19 for a run originally slated through June 13. "Plans are underway for a Broadway transfer to occur in March, 2005," according to a release. Actress Meryl Streep produces Sarah Jones' bridge and tunnel with The Culture Project, Allan Buchman, Robert Dragotta, Jayson Jackson, Michael Alden, Eric Falkenstein, Marcia Roberts and Tom Wirtshafter to present the latest one-woman work from the writer-performer of Surface Transit. Tony Taccone (Continental Divide) directs.
bridge and tunnel once again plays to Jones' chameleon-like talents as she tackles 10 characters including a Pakistani accountant, a Chinese mother and a young Latina at a local community poetry slam. The characters in the work explore issues of assimilation in modern urban America, putting the New York melting pot to the test.
Jones has penned and performed works including Waking the American Dream, Women Can't Wait and Surface Transit. The actress also appeared in the Spike Lee film "Bamboozled" and Off-Broadway in Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues. As a poet, Jones has performed on HBO's "Def Poetry Jam."
Alexander V. Nichols provides set and lighting design for bridge and tunnel.
Tickets to bridge and tunnel at the 45 Bleecker Street Theatre can be purchased by calling (212) 253-9983. For more information, visit www.45bleecker.com.