SLOAN Featured on Maine Public Radio CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
COMING in 2016- March 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, YO MISS! Transforming Trauma Into Art, Full show at LaMama Experimental Theater, NYC with Josh Henderson on viola.
Saturday and Sunday January 16 and 17, YO MISS! excerpts (APAP showcase) at Nuyorician Poets Cafe. NYC with EarSay Youth Opening Act.
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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. YO MISS was the keynote performance at the Biennial Trauma Conference in Baltimore October 2, and at the National Oral History Association Conference October 17 in Tampa, FL.
Fusing the art of theatre, poetry, and music, YO MISS! is a sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always truth-telling show about immigrant/refugee teenagers and incarcerated youth grappling with the cataclysmic events that shaped them. Using midi-controllers and an original musical score to accompany her compelling performance, Sloan remixes her own traumatic experiences with those of her students and transforms into a multitude of characters ages 14 to 80 years young.
“In YO MISS!, Judith Sloan’s art and teaching cross-pollinate. Performing with musical collaborators, she re-enacts and riffs on her experiences teaching teenagers from myriad worlds: refugee camps, struggling neighborhoods, prisons. It is a performance about performances, a story containing many stories.” New York Times
“Crossing the BLVD is a whirlwind tour and love poem of what has often been called the most racially and ethnically diverse county in America. In the tradition of the playwright Anna Deavere Smith, Ms. Sloan performs “Crossing the BLVD” adopting the personae (and respectfully mimicking the accents) of the varied immigrants whose stories are in the book… The New York Times, City Room Blog, Sewell Chan
“Crossing boldly carries the tradition of oral history into the 21st Century. Electrifying!” Eve Ensler author The Vagina Monologues
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
Listen Here to excerpts of YO MISS! on SOUNDCLOUD
Warren Lehrer tour continues:
Nov 5, 7pm CENTRAL BOOKING A Life In Books Performance/Reading, 21 Ludlow Street, NYC, 10002. F train to East Broadway 347.731.6559
Nov 10, 7pm First Tuesdays Reading Series Performance/Reading Terraza Café, Elmhurst, Queens, NY
Jan 7-9 College Book Art Association Conference: Telling the Story Panel Presentation/Discussion Nashville, TN
March 30-April 2, 2016 AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) Conference Panel Presentation/Discussion “Story By Design: Visual Narratives Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
A LIFE IN BOOKS: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley is an illuminated novel that contains 101 books within it, all written by Lehrer’s protagonist—Bleu Mobley—a controversial author who finds himself in prison looking back on his life and career. 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. A LIFE IN BOOKS 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 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.
News: Warren Lehrer’s illuminated novel A LIFE IN BOOKS wins three more awards!
The 2015 International Book Award – Best New Fiction
The 2015 International Book Award – Best Cover Design, Fiction
The 2015 Paris Book Festival – Wild Card Award
Also, it was a Finalist for
2015 International Book Award – Best Interior Design
That’s 9 Awards A LIFE IN BOOKS has been honored with (so far), including:
The 2014 IPPY OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD for “MOST ORIGINAL CONCEPT” (Independent Publisher)
“A stunningly unique take on the novel that unabashedly explores the relationship between the narrator and reader, as well as the fragile and often blurry line that distinguishes truth and fiction. With A Life In Books, Lehrer has upended the modern novel form and its narrative limitations, creating a rich and engaging story through visual literature… Mind-blowing… reality bending… a laugh riot and a visual feast.”
The 2014 Best New Fiction Award USA Best Books Awards
and a Next Generation Indie Book Award, a National Indie Book Award, a CBAA Exhibition Prize (College Book Art Association), and a Print Magazine Regional Design Award (NYC).
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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.
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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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