Tongues Twisting
Judith Sloan


TCF, USA, 2005
Games, Immigration, Youth
07 20


Clapping games and tongue twisters in multiple languages turn into rich stories when Judith Sloan records young immigrants in a theatre workshop.

Memories of life "back home", broken families, and thoughts about dual realities are woven together with rhythm games and performances as the kids reveal the game of adapting to life in America.

Tonuges Twisting was commissioned for the 2005 ShortDocs: Stories About Games.


Judith Sloan is an actress, audio artist, oral historian, and educator whose multi-character solo performances combine humor, pathos, and a love of the absurd. Her work has been published by W.W. Norton, Second Story Press, and the New York Times OP Ed, and produced for National Public Radio and in theatres throughout the U.S. Sloan often collaborates with her husband, Warren Lehrer, with whom she co-founded EarSay, an arts organization dedicated to uncovering and portraying stories of the uncelebrated. Together they created the award-winning book and multimedia project Crossing the BLVD: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New America.


Tongues Twisting was presented by Judith Sloan at the opening session of the 2005 Third Coast Conference - Ready, Set, Go! Presenting the 2005 Third Coast Festival ShortDocs: Stories About Games.

Read about and listen to all of the 2005 ShortDocs: Stories About Games.

Hear more audio work from Judith Sloan.