On Sarah Zone’s new Instagram live show, #IssimSrahZones, listeners can meet a character she’s never met before on stage: Jones himself. For the first time, the writer-actor, best known for the wide array of characters he has portrayed in productions, including “Sell / Buy / Date” and his Tony-winning Broadway entry “Bridge and Tunnel”, has added his own voice.
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“I don’t know what it’s probably about our confessional culture, but people feel comfortable turning on their cameras and sharing their underlying thoughts. At the moment when I made this point, it almost felt like an order,” his IG show said. (Streaming every Wednesday) says the writer-actor (“A Wedding Story,” “SMILF”) and theatrical fans talk about his choice to include himself as well as recognized fictional characters from his theatrical productions.
Jones took action over the past several weeks, including the coronavirus epidemic, the assassination of George Floyd, and the uprising that followed. Talking about the last episode Diversity Theater podcast stagecraft, he explained, “I just thought, ‘I can’t process it on my own.’ And then I thought, ‘Okay, maybe I don’t need it.’
During these shows, Jose mostly improves, shaking up his own reactions to the news of the day, as well as the reactions of his characters – who, he joked, had “live rent-free” in his head.
“I let the characters do it,” he said. “What do they care about? I can choose things, but they may disagree on what is important to me.” Among the well-known characters, such as Lauren, Bella and Rashid, he added,
Jones also mentioned in a new episode of Stagecraft that he is uniquely suited to social-distance drama as a soloist, and that theatrical industry professionals have already approached him about the possibility of returning to the stage. He also discussed the dynamics of playing power when he portrayed characters across all races and backgrounds and talked to fans about what he wanted to get personal during his Instagram show.
“I can’t be so transparent about how racism has affected my career,” he said.
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