Tony Award winner Sarah Jones to perform at Rosa Parks Museum benefit

Posted: Saturday, 28 August 2010

MONTGOMERY—Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special performance by Tony Award winning actress and playwright Sarah Jones on Monday, Nov. 29, at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

Jones will present her special one-woman show, “An Evening with Sarah Jones,” as a fundraising event to kickoff the museum’s 10th anniversary celebration. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the ASF festival stage.

Jones’ one-woman show features a series of monologues that bring to life the voices, attitudes and unique stories of the characters that populate her hometown of New York City.

Jones is well known for her multi-character solo show “Bridge & Tunnel,” which was originally produced Off-Broadway by Oscar-winner Meryl Streep and went on to become an acclaimed, long running hit on Broadway. Most recently, Jones was invited by First Lady Michelle Obama to perform at The White House in celebration of Women’s History Month. She is currently at work on a commission for the Lincoln Center Theater and is developing a television project based on her characters.

Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum will mark its first decade in operation next year. Constructed on the site of the Empire Theatre where Rosa Parks was famously arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery Bus, the museum opened in December 2001 with the mission of preserving and interpreting the story and lasting legacy of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

In its first 10 years the museum has become a major downtown landmark and has garnered state and national recognition, including a 2008 award from the Themed Entertainment Association for the museum’s interactive children’s exhibit, the Cleveland Avenue Time Machine.

Tickets for the benefit performance range from $35 to $75. For ticket information, call 1-800-841-4273 or visit asf.net.

Event sponsorships are also open to businesses, organizations and individuals. Sponsors will be recognized in a souvenir booklet as a patron or in the form of an ad. Event sponsors will also receive an annual membership to the museum. For information on how to become a sponsor, contact museum curator Viola Moten at 334-241-8701.

All proceeds from this event are tax-deductible and support programs of the museum.