March 14, 8pm LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Performance Queens, NY
March 27 Roger Williams College Performance/Lecture + Workshop Bristol, Rhode Island
March 27 AIGA, Providence Performance/Lecture Providence, RI
April 7, 4-6pm Rutgers University Performance/Reading + Panel Newark, NJ
April 17, 6pm NYU Bookstore Performance/Reading New York, NY
May 9, Center for Book Arts Performance/Reading New York, NY
July 29, 7 pm, GSA Summer Speaker Series Performance/Reading Blue Hill, ME
A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley is an illuminated novel that contains 101 books within it, all written by a controversial author who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career. In his funny, thought provoking performance/readings, Warren Lehrer presents an overview of Bleu Mobley’s Life in Books via many of Mobley’s book cover designs, book-like objects, and other biographical materials including animations and video performances of Mobley book excerpts by the band BETTY and actress/poet La Bruja. The resulting retrospective explores the creative process of a writer/artist, as it reflects upon a half century of American/global events, and grapples with the future of the book as a medium, and the lines that separate and blur truth, myth, and fiction.
In A Life In Books, Bleu Mobley’s autobiography/apologia is paired with a review of all 101 of his books, each represented by its first-edition cover design and catalog copy, and more than a third of his books are excerpted. The resulting retrospective contrasts the published writings (which read like short stories) with the confessional memoir, forming a most unusual portrait of a well-intentioned, obsessively inventive (if ethically challenged) visionary.
Studio 360, Click to listen.
“An ingenious, one-of-kind novel.” Kurt Andersen, STUDIO 360
“A profound commentary… A Life In Books is brilliant, beautiful, delicious for eyes and mind.” Andrei Codrescu, public radio commentator
“A vivid kaleidoscopic odyssey that frames one man’s life through not one, but one hundred different books—and book jackets.”
—Jessica Helfand, founding editor DESIGN OBSERVER
“In the era of cookie-cutter books and rubber-stamped stories, Warren Lehrer’s A Life in Books is fresh, original, idiosyncratic, beautiful, and important.” Rabih Alameddine, author of Hakawati, and I, the Divine
“A meticulously illustrated chronicle… Lehrer’s 101 cover designs for Mobley’s books are pitch perfect…. And like the best film title sequences, which establish moods or introduce plotlines, these fictional covers are vehicles by which Lehrer illuminates Mobley’s sad tale of success and failure.” Steven Heller, THE ATLANTIC
“A typographical and design tour de force.” Ellen Shapiro, PRINT MAGAZINE
“In scope, execution and ambition, A Life In Books is an extraordinary book.” Lucy Sisman, WWWORD
“The coolest book ever.” DESIGNERS AND BOOKS
“A gorgeously produced multi-color “novel,” A Life In Books is a brilliant meditation on the state of publishing in the 21st Century… I can’t think of a better gift.” Tsiviah Huttner, SECOND CITY TZIVI
“A genre-defying night that fuses art and literature, prose and design into a multi-media presentation unlike any other.” Skylight Books.
Wednesday March 12- Crossing the BLVD performance, Hofstra University, Free. 7 PM. Hempstead, NY.
Monday March 31, 6:30 pm YO MISS! at the Bowery Poetry Club, NY, NY
Wednesday, April 23, 7 PM , YO MISS!, Joe’s Pub, Public Theatre, NY, NY
Judith Sloan is an actor, audio artist, writer, radio producer, human rights activist, educator and poet whose work combines humor, pathos and a love of the absurd. For over twenty years, Sloan has been producing and presenting interdisciplinary works in audio and theater, portraying voices often ignored by the mass media. She will be performing excerpts of various show leading up to full length productions of YO MISS! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide and Crossing the BLVD in February, March, April and beyond.
A world view that sees comedy and tragedy as two bones of the same skeleton in the closet. Superb!.”
The Scotsman (Scotland’s National Newspaper) Sara O’Sullivan (London)
“Funny and sad, topical and biting… Exquisite comic timing best of all, Sloan can make you see your world in a slightly different way. And that’s what theater is supposed to do.” The Indianapolis Star
“In listening to what people have to say, Judith Sloan captures the essence of their lives…She is one part Studs Terkel, one part Lily Tomlin, two-parts originality.”
The Herald Bloomington, Indiana
Transforming Trauma Into Art is an EarSay initiative, created and directed by Judith Sloan, born out of our partnership with the International High School at LaGuardia Community College where many teenagers have emigrated to the U.S. from war-zones and conflict-zones. The premise of this workshop is based on healing through artistic expression using a combination of music, movement, theatre and storytelling. This process helps release the stories and stressors that prevent people—who have been traumatized by war, economic or natural disasters—from moving forward. This program brings an understanding of confronting obstacles through artistic expression to communities that are poor, displaced, or don’t have access to artistic training, serving approximately 450 students. The project grows out of our commitment to creating artistic works that evolve out of individual experience and community. In this case, the community is immigrant and refugee teenagers attending school in New York City. At a time of war, global tension, and polarization, our program encourages a depth of scholarship and storytelling that shapes the experience of the participants, giving them tools to make connections between cultures, shed light on the complexity and humanity of each individual, and deepen what it means or could mean to be part of a global community.
Thanks for your support.
Video: About the History of the Project
Over 800 people of all ages and backgrounds attended the world premier on April 29th, 2012
Music composed by Frank London
Libretto by Judith Sloan
Visuals by Warren Lehrer with Brandon Campbell
Premiered by the Queens Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos, Queens Symphony Orchestra music director
Performed by full orchestra and a 190-voice chorus comprised of the Queens College Choral Society and Queens College Choir, James John, Music Director
Featured Tabla Soloist Deep Singh
Spoken word performed by Judith Sloan in English with additional translations in Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic by Dailyn Despradel, Krussia, Haojie Huang, and Catherine Hanna.
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