Bridge & Tunnel is Sarah’s Tony® Award-winning solo show, which was originally produced off-Broadway by Oscar-winner Meryl Streep and enjoyed sold-out runs both on Broadway in 2006 and Off-Broadway in 2004. Based on a piece commissioned by the National Immigration Forum and the Ford Foundation, Bridge & Tunnel examines the lives of a diverse group of immigrants from various backgrounds framed by one event: an annual poetry reading.
The idea for the piece was conceived by Sarah and Steve Colman (Tony® winner for Def Poetry Jam On Broadway), her husband and creative collaborator, based on their shared experience as participants in the multicultural performance poetry community. As plans to mount Bridge & Tunnel were developing, human rights organization Equality Now connected Sarah and Meryl Streep when Sarah performed for one of their benefits. Sarah was floored when Streep offered to support Bridge & Tunnel, which she called “one of the best performances I’ve ever seen”. The piece premiered Off-Broadway at The Culture Project and moved to Broadway produced by Boyett Ostar, Eric Falkenstein and Micheal Alden, continuing with much of the creative team which included Tony Taccone of Berkeley Repertory Theater as director and Steve Colman as assistant director. In addition to wide critical claim, Bridge & Tunnel set a one-day record for ticket revenues Off-Broadway and recouped its initial investment on Broadway within eight weeks.