Why Bring Artists to Davos?

January 14, 2015 7:25 PM

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When I met the playwright and comedian Sarah Jones in New York last May, we talked about culture and upbringings, and I mentioned my Indian heritage. She paused for a second and then in a snap she transformed herself into my grandmother -- the accent, the body language, the rhythm of speech, even a few words in Hindi.

What was astonishing was the nuance and the precision of everything she did that made her authentically Indian. Sarah is African American, but she can equally easily become a fast-talking Dominican student, an elderly Jewish lady or impersonate a number of other characters representing very differen...

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