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NoVo Foundation Commissions Remount of Sarah Jones’s Hit Play Sell/Buy/Date

04 September 2018

NEW YORK, September 4, 2018 – The NoVo Foundation has commissioned the remount of playwright Sarah Jones’s critically acclaimed Sell/Buy/Date, a one-woman hit play exploring the real-life experiences of people affected by the sex trade.

NoVo has supported Sell/Buy/Datesince its inception. Its commission began in 2013, with support for Ms. Jones’s extensive, international research among anti-trafficking leaders, organizations and survivors to uncover the lived experiences of those who are most impacted by the sex trade.

The remount, which will begin in Los Angles next month, elevates the humanity and chronicles the reality of girls and women in the sex trade. It challenges, complicates, and ultimately illuminates an issue that is often simplified, sensationalized or seen through the lens of the privileged few.

“We believe deeply in the transformative power of storytelling to shine a light on the voices and perspectives of the most marginalized girls and women,” said Pamela Shifman, executive director of the NoVo Foundation.

“This remount could not come at a more important time. The #MeToo movement is sparking a worldwide dialogue on violence against girls and women, and its underlying drivers of power, sexism and racism — factors that also fuel the sex trade,” added Shifman.

Sell/Buy/Date had its 2016 Off-Broadway world premiere at the Manhattan Theatre Club. It made its West Coast debut in an extended run at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles earlier this year.  The remount will begin at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center, who are producing alongside Andrew Carlberg and Foment Productions. Performances begin September 27 and runthrough November.

NoVo’s support will help to ensure that the show reaches young people and non-traditional theater audiences through creative engagements with colleges and universities, community centers, conferences and cultural gatherings.

“As a playwright and performer, my goal is to create the kinds of characters that reflect the diverse reality of our evolving, global world culture, and to bring traditionally marginalized voices to their rightful, equal place center stage,” said Jones. “By focusing on the specific realities of people from multiple geographies, genders, races, class groups, orientations and abilities, I strive to tell stories that resonate in a universal way with anyone, regardless of background.

“I’m so grateful for NoVo’s commission of Sell/Buy/Date, which will enable me to expand its reach through creative distribution and engagement with new audiences, especially those who often don’t have access to theaters and cultural venues,” added Jones.

Called “a master of the genre” by The New York Times, Sarah Jones is a Tony® and Obie Award-winning solo performer and writer. She recently launched FomentProductions, a social-justice focused entertainment company founded to create and support compelling storytelling that brings traditionally marginalized voices to center.

Jones is best known to theater audiences for her critically acclaimed multi-character, one-person Broadway hit Bridge & Tunnel, originally produced by Oscar® winner Meryl Streep, and for her most recent piece, the Off-Broadway hit Sell/Buy/Date. The daughter of two physicians and the product of a multi-racial family and community, Sarah was educated at Bryn Mawr College and the United Nations International School, honing her sense of empathy for people from all backgrounds and the diverse voices that characterize her work.

The NoVo Foundationis dedicated to building a more just and balanced world. Founded in 2006 by Jennifer and Peter Buffett, NoVo has become one of the largest private foundations in the world to support initiatives focused explicitly on girls and women, including a dedicated focus on ending violence against girls and women and supporting adolescent girls’ rights. NoVo also works to advance social and emotional learning, support Indigenous communities and promote thriving local communities.