Crossing the BLVD

Monday, July 14, 2014 | 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America, written by Warren Lehrer & Judith Sloan, performed by Judith Sloan
As immigration is hotly debated in terms of national and cultural security, Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America presents the very human stories of why immigrants and refugees have migrated to the US and what their experiences have been since they came here pre- and post-9/11.

Actor/writer/documentary artist Judith Sloan "channels" many of the people that Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan interviewed on their three-year journey around the world through the borough of Queens resulting in a critically acclaimed book, exhibition, performance and radio series.   The performance is illuminated by projections of Lehrer's photographs along with an original soundtrack of music, sounds and voices, including Sloan's audio mixes, music by Scott Johnson and Gogol Bordello.

"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

"Immigrant life as told in the intimate, rich, comic, ironic and sad stories so often seen but not heard in America's big cities."  The Washington Post, Lynn Duke

"Oral History with a twist!" The World, PRI/BBC Marco Werman

"Crossing boldly carries the tradition of oral history into the 21st Century. Electrifying!"   Eve Ensler author The Vagina Monologues

Winner 2004 Brendan Gill Prize  Municipal Art Society of NY

"[Crossing the BLVD is] a remarkably beautiful, lovingly put together example of bottom-up journalism."Amy Goodman, Anchor and Executive Producer Democracy Now!

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Crossing the BLVD