Sarah Jones to Bring Tony-Winning Bridge & Tunnel to CA

News   Sarah Jones to Bring Tony-Winning Bridge & Tunnel to CA Sarah Jones, who won a Special Tony Award in 2006 for her one-woman show Bridge & Tunnel, will bring that acclaimed work to the Brentwood Theatre in California this fall.
Sarah Jones in Bridge & Tunnel.
Sarah Jones in Bridge & Tunnel. Photo by Brian Micahel Thomas

The acclaimed playwright, poet and actress will play 28 performances at the Brentwood, Sept. 25-Oct. 21. Opening night is scheduled for Sept. 26.

Tony Taccone directs the production; Steve Colman is assistant director. The creative team also includes David Korins (scenic design), Howell Binkley (lighting design) and Christopher Cronin (sound design).

In Bridge & Tunnel, press notes state, "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 Nereida, a young 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."

In a statement writer and actress Jones said, "Whether we are women or men; older or younger; straight-laced or queer-eyed; whether we pray Saturday, Sunday, everyday or only at football games; whether we're born here or not; barely scraping by or more comfortable than most, we are all much more connected than any of us realize. By neighborhood, by circumstance, by chance and most importantly by our basic human dignity, we are all cosmically, and of course, often comically linked."

Bridge & Tunnel originally played Off-Broadway beginning Feb. 6, 2004, at the 45 Bleecker Street Theatre. It opened Feb. 19 to positive critical and audience response. Actress Meryl Streep produced that run with The Culture Project, Allan Buchman, Robert Dragotta, Jayson Jackson, Michael Alden, Eric Falkenstein, Marcia Roberts and Tom Wirt Shafter. The solo show recouped its entire investment of $200,000 within seven weeks of the first preview performance. The Broadway run at the Helen Hayes Theatre began previews Jan. 12, 2006, and opened Jan. 26. The show played 16 previews and 212 performances.

Sarah Jones penned and performed Waking the American Dream, Women Can't Wait and Surface Transit. The actress also appeared in the Spike Lee film "Bamboozled," Off-Broadway in Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues and in her own Bravo television special "The Sarah Jones Show." As a poet, Jones has performed on HBO's "Def Poetry Jam."

The Brentwood Theatre is located on the Veterans Administration grounds at 11301 Wilshire Boulevard in Brentwood, CA. Tickets, priced $30-$65, are available by calling (213) 365-3500 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. For more information visit www.RICHMARKENT.com.

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