The name “Sarah Jones” was new to me when I ran across it in Maria Popova’s superb blog “Brain Pickings” (thank you again, Toby) but I shan’t forget it now. I have re-written this sentence four times, trying to describe what Jones is/does and finally concluded that to say she is sui generis will have to do.
Okay, let’s start with the fact that I have no idea what her nationality is. Nor would I call her an “actor” exactly. She is a one-woman show but beyond that… So I will have to content myself by describing the performance that knocked me dead.
A series of nine head-shot segments shows Jones reciting a profound and sad poem by Campbell McGrath entitled “Jane Goodall (1961).” But Sarah Jones’ genius as a portrayer of voices quickly becomes evident because she morphs as she reads the poem. The addition of a piece of clothing, the quiver of a hand is just the beginning; it is her complete mastery of accent, intonation, posture and delivery which brings each of the nine characters to life; by the end we realize that we have heard the world speaking to us as one.
I encourage you to go to “Brain Pickings” and cursor down the left side to “Archives” and enter “Sarah Jones.” You will be glad you did. And while you are there, subscribe to the free podcast. Popova won’t waste a minute of your precious time. Her blog contributes to the discussion of how this world can be saved. Enjoy.