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An Afternoon of Theatre in Brooklyn, Sunday Dec 5 @2pm Ticket link below!

TICKETS $15 includes light refreshments. Performance followed by a talkback.

Or you can make a reservation here and receive an invoice: [email protected]

Palestinian-American author, actress, playwright, and activist Najla Said performs her one-woman show for one afternoon only. Daughter of Edward W. Said, the Columbia University professor who until his death in 2003 was a cultural critic and public intellectual known  for his book Orientalism, Najla guides the audience through her coming-of-age story. She shares her journey from growing up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan to becoming an Arab-American on her own terms. Directed by Sturgis Warner

“There’s something heroic about her broader stance to a topic that generates fury and recrimination, she brings a lightness and a steadfast refusal to hate.” New York Times

Opening Act by actress/writer/audio artist Judith Sloan “A welcome voice crying in the contemporary wilderness of political correctness… seasoned with tolerance and joie de vivre.” Theater Week

A physically distanced, socially engaged event. Audience must show proof of vaccine and wear masks.

A.R.T./New York
LuEsther T. Mertz South Oxford Space in The Great Room, 2nd floor
138 South Oxford Street
(between Atlantic Avenue and Fulton Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Presented by EarSay, with support from the THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS (DCLA) and by the New York State Council on the Arts NYSCA Restart NY: Rapid Live Performance Grant with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

FREE PERFORMANCE OCT 23 @ 4pm Queens Theatre

Writer/actress Judith Sloan presents songs from two of her projects: 
It Can Happen Here and 1001 Voices: Symphony for a New America Featuring singers:  Meah Pace, Melissa McMillan, Alba Ponce de Leon, Michelle Beth Herman, with Dominic Frigo on keyboard.  “Sloan is a welcome voice crying in the contemporary wilderness of political correctness. On-the-money satire seasoned with tolerance and joie de vivre.” Theater Week  Special Guest Artist Najla Said will perform an excerpt  from her solo show, Palestine. “There’s something heroic about her broader stance to a topic that generates fury and recrimination, she brings a lightness and a steadfast refusal to hate.” NY Times 


Continental Divide From Crossing the BLVD

In 2002 Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan interviewed Shekaiba Wakili for inclusion in the Crossing the BLVD book, exhibition and audio CD. This piece was composed by Scott Johnson for Crossing the BLVD. Shekaiba reflects on her love for and memories of Afghanistan, her displacement and longing for home. On August 15, 2021, almost 20 years after the 9/11 attacks in the U.S. the Taliban took over control of Kabul. We revisit this piece to honor the lives and pain of those fleeing the Taliban, those who fled the Russian invasion and those Afghans scattered throughout the world.

Warren Lehrer on Design Matters: Listen Here

Debbie Millman interviews Warren Lehrer, writer, an artist and designer. His books are graphically and typographically eye-popping, and his multi-media works have influenced two generations of designers. He’s worked in audio, print, video, and theater, and his work has been collected by museums like MOMA and the Getty. He’s is a living, breathing example that what a creative person can do is limited only by the scope of their interests and passions. He’s here to talk about his career, and about his latest project—a book of visual poems written by Dennis J. Bernstein that Warren composed for the page. And a very special thank you to AC Hotels by Marriott, Member of Marriott Bonvoy, for their support of this episode. AC Hotels. The Perfectly Precise Hotel. #InPaidPartnershipwithACHotels

Five Oceans In a Teaspoon, Available now!

EarSay is delighted to announce the publication of Warren Lehrer and Dennis J Bernstein’s new book Five Oceans in a Teaspoon (Paper Crown Press, September 2019).

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“Brilliant and beautiful! Thank you for bringing in the new.”Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, author of The Color Purple.

“Bernstein and Lehrer—the Lennon and McCartney of viz-lit—have reunited at the height of their creative powers. Five Oceans in a Teaspoon speaks to the madness, vulnerability, aspiration and language of our time. The gutsiness and raw emotion of the writing, revelatory appeal of the visual compositions, and brevity of the form creates an intensely moving experiential journey.” Steven Heller, Design and Visual Culture Historian, author New York Times Book Review Visuals column

“In the long history of graphic word works, few, if any, have this range and repleteness…A completely virtuosic work.” Johanna Drucker Foremost Vis Lit scholar, Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies, UCLA

“Five Oceans in a Teaspoon re-envisions a poetry memoir via a textual kaleidoscope… Bernstein and Lehrer are the Rodgers and Hart of Visual Poetry.” Bob Holman Poet, poetry activist chronicler, founder: Bowery Poetry Club