An American Immigrant

An American Immigrant

The show "An American Immigrant" tells about Sufian's personal experience as a first-generation immigrant in the U.S. and a university professor, which might be much funnier than you would expect. The premier performance was held on September 11, 2019 at the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. The show includes stories that were featured on PBS and won The Moth and The National Storytelling Festival.

Sufian Zhemukhov, author and performer
Nart Shekim, video and visual art

Grapevine 9_11

Sketches from the show:

Jesus in a Shoe Store
American Dinner
Circassians at a Story Slam
An Endangered Scholar
Russian Quests in America
A Professor and the KGB
My American Coauthor
Turning Point in the U.S.

The audience feedback

"Sufian's touching and hilarious comments on immigrant life reastablished my passion for telling my own stories." Michael P.

"Sufian is like a salted jelly bean… surprising, dry, and joyful." Jessica S.

"Really great storytelling - I enjoyed hearing your tales in America and Russia!" Wendy P.

"Sufian's insights into American culture and life in general hold up a sunny, heartwarming mirror well worth looking into." Gabrielle G.

"Funny, touching, and inspiring. The Smiling Americans were all laughing!" Kelly S.