Traffic Alert: Sarah Jones Solo Bridge & Tunnel Begins Broadway Run

News   Traffic Alert: Sarah Jones Solo Bridge & Tunnel Begins Broadway Run The lauded soloist Sarah Jones makes her Broadway debut in her poetry-infused play, Bridge & Tunnel, beginning previews at the Helen Hayes Theatre Jan. 12.
Sarah Jones in the Off-Broadway run of Bridge & Tunnel.
Sarah Jones in the Off-Broadway run of Bridge & Tunnel.

Tony Taccone (Continental Divide), who staged the work Off-Broadway and a pre-Broadway run at Berkeley Repertory Theatre (where he is artistic director), continues as director of the solo show. It will open Jan. 26 for a run currently slated through March 12. Eric Falkenstein, Michael Alden and Boyett/Ostar Productions produce.

Bridge & Tunnel plays to Jones' chameleon-like talents as she tackles over a dozen 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.

The work originally began previews Feb. 6, 2004 at the 45 Bleecker Street Theatre and opened Feb. 19 to positive critical and audience response. The solo show recouped its entire investment of $200,000 within seven weeks of the first preview performance.

Actress Meryl Streep previously produced Sarah Jones' Bridge & Tunnel with The Culture Project, Allan Buchman, Robert Dragotta, Jayson Jackson, Michael Alden, Eric Falkenstein, Marcia Roberts and Tom Wirt Shafter.

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," 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." Director Taccone most recently directed the acclaimed world premiere of David Edgar's two-play cycle Continental Divide (Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Berkeley Repertory Theatre). Other credits include Cloud Nine, Homebody/ Kabul, The Oresteia, The Alchemist, Skylight, Pentecost, Slavs!, The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Serious Money.

Tickets to Bridge & Tunnel at the Helen Hayes, 240 West 44 Street, are available by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information on Sarah Jones, visit www.sarahjonesonline.com.