Sarah Jones, an accomplished poet, spoken word performer, actor, and playwright, will perform excerpts from her solo show, "Surface Transit" on Thursday, February 15, at 7:30 p.m in the Villard Room, Main Building, Vassar College. Jones' performance, which is free and open to the public, is part of Promoting Equality and Community Everywhere's (PEACE) Equal Rights Awareness Week.
Jones was featured in the February 1 issue of Time Magazine. "On stage Jones is a gifted impersonator, shape-shifting from one character to the next. Her work is flavored with hip-hop, but she enjoys throwing curves: she ends her show speaking in a British accent that leaves the audience wondering whether she's from Brixton or Brooklyn. She was actually born in Baltimore, and started participating in poetry slams at New York City's Nuyorican Poets Café," according to Time.
Jones, who has a role in the upcoming Spike Lee film "Bamboozled," says of her performances: "You get women's history month, black history month, diversity week – I'm everything."
She was chosen by Time Out New York as one of the 99 people to watch in 1999 and featured as the 2000 "It" performer on "Entertainment Weekly's" "It List." She won the Nuyorican Poet Café's 1997 Grand Slam Championship, and is the recipient of the 1998 Van Lier Literary Fellowship from the Bronx Council on the Arts. She has performed at such diverse settings as Lincoln Center, the Apollo Theater, and the Panasonic Jazz Festival.
Jones' solo show, "Surface Transit," was presented at the HBO "Workspace" and the American Place Theatre. It won the Best One-Person Show at HBO's Aspen Comedy Arts Festival. Recently, Jones wrote her second solo show, "Women Can't Wait," which was commissioned by the international women's rights organization Equality Now. She performed the show at the June, 2000 United Nations International Conference on Women's Rights.
PEACE is an international student-run, not-for-profit social justice organization that began at Vassar six years ago. Equal Rights Awareness Week is one of the group's primary projects each year and focuses on anti-bias workshops and programming for elementary, high school, and college-aged students, as well as other members of the community. Jones' performance will serve as the week's keynote address. Former keynote speakers of PEACE's Equal Rights Awareness Week have been revisionist historian Howard Zinn and comedian Dick Gregory.
For additional information, call the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cathy Jennings at (845) 437-5370, as far in advance as possible to request appropriate and reasonable accommodations.