"NONY" -New Orleans Needs You (2008)
In this performance piece, the cast presents some of the problems New Orleans is facing. In a dramatic twist, the last scene of the show is a dialogue with audience members who are asked to make a specific commitment of their choice to do one small thing to help rebuild the city.
I'm 86 years old and live in Carrollton. I have 2 daughters. I like coming to the Uptown Shepherd's Center every day and enjoy my drama and sewing class. I'm learning how to sew on a machine for the first time. I really enjoy helping people, especially old people – even though I am an older person myself.
I am a child of the world having lived, learned, and worked all over Europe, Brazil, Argentina, North Africa, and Egypt. As a retired social worker, registered nurse, and therapist, I have transferred my love for children to love, concern, and protection for the elderly. Being an aging person myself (92 years old), I try to bring hope and joy to those who have added many years to their life.
My name is Dolores, and I'm 78 years young! I belong to the St. Francis DeSales Church. I love to sing, so I belong to one of the largest black gospel choirs in the United States, Golden Voices. I love to sew and do volunteer work, especially at Uptown Shepherd's Center.
I'm an almost 82 year old female having the time of my life in a drama class for the first time! I live with my daughter in Uptown New Orleans. I like to read, watch television, write poetry, play games and do things with my daughter. I used to like to travel by tour bus, but can't do that much anymore. The Uptown Shepard's Center gives me a place to go to be with other seniors.
I'm 62 years old. I love to read, watch TV, and enjoy traveling. I worked as a medical transcriptionist for 41 years at Charity Hospital. Since retiring, I enjoy volunteering at the Uptown Shepherd's Center and going to classes there, especially French and Poetry. I joined the drama group at the Center and I am enjoying it.
I grew up on a farm in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. I lived there for 35 years until my father died in 1970. I love to read, watch TV, and write. When I was 55 years old, I moved to New Orleans. I live here almost 9 years. I have a sister, 2 nephews, and 2 dogs. The Golden Heart Players is a lot of fun and it keeps me active.
Hello, I'm Ruth. I live Uptown, and I was born and raised in New Orleans. I really enjoy being a member of the Golden Heart Players. I appreciate the fellowship, knowledge, and friendships I have made from participating. Learning about theatre and drama has helped me in many different ways. At 96 years old, it's my first time acting. I enjoy it. It's a lot of fun.
LOU FURMAN, DIRECTOR
Lou is well experienced in dealing with non-trained as well as professional actors. He is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, has been Artistic Director of several professional companies, and. has taught theatre at university and secondary school levels. Lou is a Registered Drama Therapist who has facilitated drama activity with the elderly on numerous occasions.