February 27 - April 15, 2018
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater

Written & Performed by Sarah Jones
Directed by Carolyn Cantor

"Dazzling! A must-see one-woman marvel!" – Los Angeles Times
"A sophisticated piece of storytelling... the intelligence, humor, empathy, fierce criticism and even fiercer optimism of Jones' solo work make it a must-see." – Los Angeles Times
"Provocative, shrewd, and shockingly funny, Sell/Buy/Date is a tour de force for Jones the writer as well as the actor." –
 "A master of the solo show... Jones' brilliant, multi-voiced monologue entertains from beginning to end!" –
"Crisply directed by Carolyn Cantor. Absorbing and piercing, with unexpected humor and often biting and bright." – The New York Times
"Virtuosic... Jones delivers characters who are vividly rendered and wittily written." – The Hollywood Reporter
"Writer-performer Sarah Jones is amazing.– Variety 

Tony Award-winning playwright and performer Sarah Jones (Bridge & Tunnel) comes to the Geffen Playhouse as a dazzling medley of characters in Sell/Buy/Date, an exuberant new show inspired by the real-life experiences of people affected by the sex industry. Directed by Carolyn Cantor and brimming with Jones’ masterful, multicultural characterizations, Sell/Buy/Date presents 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.

In The News

Ovation Recommended by LA Stage Alliance

Review: Sell/Buy/Date, an exploration of the sex industry, is a must-see one-woman marvel

Interview: Sarah Jones' One-Woman Show Tackles Sex Work, Trump and #MeToo

Listen: Sell/Buy/Date is a one-woman play with many views of the sex industry

Feature: Multiplicity Is Automatically Healing — Playwright and performer Sarah Jones on the humanity of playing multiple ethnicities and how an accidental fearlessness helped pave the way for her success.

Review: "Ms. Jones transforms her voice into everything from a british professor, to a jewish woman looking for her schmata, to a russian pimp. As a mimic, she's incredible."

Review: Recommended! "The storytelling is remarkably effective and moving, its impact compounded by Jones’ phenomenal performance."

Review: ★★★★ "From the moment writer-performer Sarah Jones begins her 90-minute solo piece, we know we’re in for something unusual and stellar."

Review: ★★★★ "Pornography, sex trafficking, sexuality and female empowerment are explored in Jones’s brilliant, multi-voiced monologue."

Review: Every Woman Has a Story in Sarah Jones's Sell/Buy/Date

Review: Sell/Buy/Date Highlighted by Sarah Jones' Masterful, Multiple, Multicultural Characterizations

Review: "Sarah Jones’ skilled performance captivates viewers and provides an uncommon view into the sex industry."

Geffen Playhouse Blog: Building Character(s) — An interview with Sarah Jones and Carolyn Cantor

Review: CRITICS' PICK! Sell/Buy/Date, Sarah Jones’s Futuristic Look at Sex Workers

Review: "Jones delivers characters who are vividly rendered and wittily written, making many insightful points about the complex subject matter in the process."

Review: "Writer-performer Sarah Jones is amazing!"




Meet The Artists

SARAH JONES (Playwright/Performer)
Called “a master of the genre” by The New York Times, Sarah Jones is a Tony Award-winning performer and writer known for her multi-character solo shows, including Broadway hit Bridge & Tunnel, which was originally produced off-Broadway by Meryl Streep. She is also a writer and producer on the Golden Globe-nominated Showtime comedy SMILF. She has given multiple main-stage TED Talks, performed at The White House for President and First Lady Obama and traveled the world as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador raising awareness of issues including empowerment of women and girls. Projects featuring her characters include the podcast Playdate with Sarah Jones and The Messenger, a short film for the CFDA directed by Fisher Stevens. Learn more about Jones’s ongoing projects at or on social media at @jonesarah on Twitter and @xosarahjones on Instagram and Facebook.

Geffen Playhouse: Rabbit Hole (Garland Award). New York: Sell/Buy/Date, Regrets and Pumpgirl (Manhattan Theatre Club); Indian Summer, Fly By Night (Drama Desk nomination), Great God Pan, After the Revolution (Callaway Award) and Essential Self Defense (Playwrights Horizons); Arlington (Vineyard Theatre); In A Dark Dark House (MCC); The Talls (Second Stage Theater); Something You Did (Primary Stages); Core Values (Ars Nova); Orange Flower Water, Now That’s What I Call a Storm, Living Room in Africa and Stone Cold Dead Serious (Edge Theater Company). Regional: The Violet Hour (The Old Globe); Diary of Anne Frank (Paper Mill Playhouse); After the Revolution, Not Waving and King Stag (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Vera Laughed and Get What You Need (New York Stage & Film); Assisted Living, After Ashley and Finer Noble Gases (O’Neil Playwrights Conference) and Nocturne (Ojai Playwrights Conference). Cantor has received the Kanin-Seldes Award from the Theater Hall of Fame, the Sagal and Foeller Fellowships from Williamstown Theatre Festival and a Drama League Directing Fellowship. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the mother of two daughters.

Now At The Geffen

Upcoming Shows & Events

. August 2019
September 2019
October 2019

Performance Info

There will not be Talk Back Tuesday post-show Q+A for this production.

Minor profanity; discussion of sexual subject matter

85 minutes, no intermission.

There is no late seating and no re-entry while the performance is in progress.