Los Angeles LGBT Center's Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and Andrew Carlberg Present "Sell/Buy/Date," October 4 - November 18 - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center's Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and Andrew Carlberg Present "Sell/Buy/Date," October 4 - November 18

August 29, 2018
Contact: Gil Diaz

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center and Andrew Carlberg will welcome Tony Award-winning playwright and performer Sarah Jones (Bridge & Tunnel) to the Renberg Theatre this fall in her celebrated new play Sell/Buy/Date. Preview performances begin on September 27 and the acclaimed production is set to open on Sunday, October 14, at 7 p.m. The engagement will run through November 18.

Hailed as, “Dazzling! A must-see one-woman marvel!” by the Los Angeles Times, Sell/Buy/Date is an exuberant show inspired by the real-life experiences of people affected by the sex industry. Brimming with Jones’ dazzling medley of masterful, multicultural characterizations, the play presents an honest, moving, and even humorous look at a complex and fascinating subject, all while preserving the full humanity of voices seldom heard in the theatre. Along with director Carolyn Cantor, the creative team includes Dane Laffrey (set and costume designs), Matt Richter (lighting design), and Bray Poor (sound design).

Said the Los Angeles Times of Sell/Buy/Date, “A sophisticated piece of storytelling...the intelligence, humor, empathy, fierce criticism and even fiercer optimism of Jones’ solo work makes it a must-see.” The New York Times raved, “Absorbing and piercing, with unexpected humor and often biting and bright. Crisply directed by Carolyn Cantor.” And TotalTheater.com called Jones, “A master of the solo show...[her] brilliant, multi-voiced monologue entertains from beginning to end!”

Sarah Jones was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to an African-American father and mother of mixed Euro-American and Caribbean descent. Jones’ multicultural background and upbringing in Boston, Washington, D.C, and Queens, New York, influenced her development into what The New Yorker termed, “a multicultural mynah bird [who] lays our mongrel nation before us with gorgeous, pitch-perfect impersonations of the rarely heard or dramatized.” A recipient of the 2007 Brendan Gill Prize, Jones has also received grants and commissions from the Ford Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and others. She has also received a Helen Hayes Award, two Drama Desk Award nominations, and HBO's US Comedy Arts Festival's Best One Person Show Award. Jones was given a New York Civil Liberties Union Calloway Award in recognition of being the first artist in history to sue the Federal Communications Commission for censorship. The lawsuit resulted in reversal of a censorship ruling, which had targeted her hip-hop poem recording “Your Revolution,” in which Jones makes a powerful statement against sexual exploitation of women in hip hop music.

Sell/Buy/Date begins previews on Thursday, September 27, at 8 p.m. and opening is set for Sunday, October 14, at 7 p.m. The regular running schedule will be Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. through November 18. Admission prices for previews range from $20-$30 and for regular performances from $20-$35. VIP Preferred Seating at $75 is available for all performances. Tickets may be purchased online at lalgbtcenter.org/theatre or by phone at 323-860-7300. The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre is located at 1125 N. McCadden Place (one block east of Highland, just north of Santa Monica Boulevard) in Hollywood 90038.

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