Judith Sloan who wowed the Schoodic Arts Festival audience in 2016 with her solo show Yo Miss! presents a new solo work of characters and stories of humor, pathos, and a love of the absurd that investigate the way people remember or mis-remember and how we collect evidence from eyewitness accounts.
In this new work Sloan peppers up to the minute commentary about local, national and international news. Her characters include a man who is a professional ‘fabricator’ of model buildings and ruminates on what kind of impact twitter would have had on historical atrocities and the never-ending need for fact-checking in our current digital news world; a hairdresser whose customer gets her memory back after creating a series of paintings for a solo show called The Memory I Forgot; and an elderly woman who wonders about being the ‘subject’ of her grandson’s graduate school video project. Sloan’s poetry and monologues explore how memory shifts with time, and changes as we tell, re-tell, re-form or re-shape the narrative and how we believe or disbelieve stories that are simply ‘‘Off the Record.’’
Judith Sloan (co-founder of EarSay), is an actor, audio artist, writer, and educator whose work combines humor, pathos and a love of the absurd. Sloan has been creating interdisciplinary works in audio and theater, portraying voices often ignored by the mass media for the past 20 years. Her solo performances and plays include: Yo Miss! (La Mama, WNYC’s the Greene Space, Joe’s Pub), Denial of the Fittest (Performed La Mama, HERE), A Tattle Tale: eyewitness in Mississippi (play and radio docudrama collaboration with Laura Sydell aired on NPR). She is co-author of Crossing the BLVD, (Brendan Gill Prize 2004), book, performance, exhibition (premiered Queens Museum of Art) and radio series aired WNYC and NPR affiliates 2001 through 2007. Crossing the BLVD radio documentaries aired on New York Public Radio and NPR from 2001 through 2007. New York Times described her performance of Crossing the BLVD as ‘‘a whirlwind tour and love poem of what has often been called the most racially and ethnically diverse county in America.’’ Sloan was commissioned to write the libretto for 1001 Voices: A Symphony for a New America, with music by Frank London which premiered in April 2012 by the Queens Symphony Orchestra. Sloan has received numerous awards for her audio mixes and documentary works including a 2013 New York Foundation on the Arts (NYFA) fellowship in Sound/Music, grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Queens Council on the Arts, the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation among others. With Warren Lehrer she is co-founder of EarSay, an artist-driven non-profit arts organization dedicated to uncovering and portraying stories of uncelebrated individuals. Sloan is a member of the Adjunct faculty at Gallatin School at New York University. In 2009 she received the Partnership in Education award for EarSay’s theatre program for immigrant youth in partnership with the International High School at LaGuardia Community College in Queens NY. Over the past 20 years, Sloan has performed and conducted workshops in Maine in collaboration with schools, festivals and universities.