An original play written and performed by Judith Sloan with a live band. Known for her solo performances and her collaboration with Warren Lehrer on the multi-media project Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America, Judith spent 15 years teaching in schools and jails where she encountered and reported on immigration stories, cultural clashes, and generation gaps. Fusing the art of theatre and music, YO MISS! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide is an eye- and ear-witness account of one artist navigating a maze of miscommunications and memories, while breaking down assumptions that divide residents of a city who live in close proximity but come from conflicting worlds. After colliding with Hip Hop Culture and rapper Immortal Technique, Sloan remixes her own experiences with those of her students and transforms into a multitude of characters, in this sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always truth-seeking show. Directed by Bob Berky, Sloan will be accompanied by a live band including Frank London on trumpet, Deep Singh on tabla, Lynn Ligammari on sax, Joell Jackson beatboxing/acting, and Miwi LaLupa on bass.
"This is immersive, resonant theater. Communication, cultural destabilization, history and commonality, are dramatized, raising questions, offering response. [Sloan] is an audacious artist." -Woman Around Town
***YO Miss! Is a project of EarSay in collaboration with Viper Records.