Please Take a Number: One Woman, 10 Characters, One Day at the Welfare Office
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The last date listed for Please Take a Number was Saturday February 24, 2007 / 8:00pm.
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Our seats were right up front, and it seemed that we received special treatment with Taking a Number like we were in the welfare office. I never laughed soo hard, a few laughed soo hard for 3 mintues it was soo funny.
a must see play!
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“Finely wrought characters…moves briskly with seamless costume and character changes…consistently interesting and amusing.” —LA Weekly
“Orms fully embodies these people, and as a writer she knows the art of brevity. Orms proves she has sharp skills as an actor and writer”_ -Backstage West._
“An exceptionally compelling one woman show.” —Tolucan Times
“Nia Orms is a wonderful storyteller who can bring characters to life almost effortlessly.” —ReviewPlays.com
Writer and performer, Nia, always wondered what it would be like if the people she knew growing up in the Bronx and all over NYC who didn’t have a voice and are stereotyped- were able to get up on stage and be heard. “I see no reason why the industry people I have grown up watching should be heard and the “lower class” “normal” people should not” All of the characters in Please Take a Number are based on real people—family, friends, and interviews. Nia spent many days in welfare offices speaking to people on welfare and workers in the office, learning that the welfare system is loved by many and hated by many but regardless these people are just numbers, they are just cases—but when she dug in a little deeper she found that these people just happen to be on welfare, they are no different from anyone else everyone who has an identity, soul, dream and the best part is that the people she met where able to laugh about their situations.
Directed by filmmaker and screenwriter, Graham Streeter is delighted to return to the theatre working with Nia, who he proudly calls “The next Sarah Jones.” As a youngster, Graham moved to Japan where he lived for almost 10 years. It was there that he got his first taste of moving pictures. As talent on television, Graham took deep interest in the production side and knew he would someday do the same. Returning to California in pursuit a formal education, Graham earned a double Bachelors Degree in International Business Administration, and Japanese Language. Staying in the states, Streeter accepted work with Nippon Television as a network producer in Los Angeles. Graham quickly took to the art of television making and claimed the success of a weekly sports show called “U-Sports”, running a successful 136 episodes in which he produced, wrote, and directed. In addition to the weekly program, Graham managed to produce or direct for countless other programs that were broadcast in Japan. Beyond sports television, Graham’s directorial credits include music videos for Jessica Callahan, Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, and Praful. Streeter has also directed countless commercials for Fox Sports, directed Olympic programming for Direct TV, and written and directed public service messages for the Blind Children’s Center and Buckle Up America. Streeter’s newest short film features the haunting works of Jeff Buckley in a music movie called Hallelujah.