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Jones also plays multiple male characters, some of which include a man outside a strip club, a former pimp turned motivational speaker and a man who owns brothels.
Most of the men’s commentary is sexist, which helps the play represent the idea that women in the sex industry are objectified through misogyny.
The tone turns even more somber as Jones transforms into a former prostitute who ended up pregnant, with no support from the father of her child.
They give as examples planter class white men who had casual sex with enslaved African American women, and white male college students who had casual sex with both white and black women.
“Sell/Buy/Date” features an elderly woman, a Jamaican sex worker and a former pimp, all played by the same person.
Running March 7 through April 15 at the Geffen Playhouse, “Sell/Buy/Date” is set in a futuristic society in which a British university professor named Serene Campbell teaches a class about people’s experiences as sex workers from the early 1990s to the 21st century.
Tony Award winner Sarah Jones portrays multiple characters with a wide range of backstories, creating a nuanced and gripping narrative that depicts positive and negative experiences of working in the sex industry.
Professor Campbell serves as the narrator of the play and introduces each character and their story.