Sell / Buy / Date
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Back by popular demand, New York Live Arts presents the return of Tony Award® -winning playwright and performer Sarah Jones (Bridge & Tunnel) to kick off the 2019-20 season. Jones plays a dazzling medley of characters in Sell/Buy/Date, an exuberant show inspired by the real-life experiences of people affected by the sex industry. Set in the future and brimming with Jones’ masterful, multicultural characterizations, Sell/Buy/Date conveys 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 theater. Directed by Carolyn Cantor.
Sep 19 Stay Late Conversation with Melanie Thompson and Jayne Bigelsen, in conversation with Sarah Jones.
Melanie Thompson is a speaker, activist, and leader in the global fight to end sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Trafficked and sold into prostitution in New York at the age of 12, she was later arrested and placed into foster care. She became an activist at age 14. Ms. Thompson has testified before numerous legislatures about the need to pass strong anti-trafficking laws and ending the arrests of sex trafficked and prostituted children and people in the sex trade. She is a student at Hunter College of the City University of New York and plans to open a non-profit organization to assist victims of trafficking and foster care.
Jayne Bigelsen is the VP of Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives/Advocacy at Covenant House New York (CHNY), At CHNY, she joined forces with Fordham University to conduct a comprehensive study to ascertain the prevalence and types of trafficking experienced by homeless youth. She is now co- directing the anti-trafficking services at both CHNY’s main shelter and an off-site safe house where survivors can heal and thrive.
Commissioned by the NoVo Foundation, which works around the world to end violence and discrimination against all girls and women. www.novofoundation.org