Call Me Crazy: Diary of a Mad Social Worker
Written and Performed by Helena D. Lewis
December 9th at 8pm
December 10th at 7pm
After being assigned more cases than she can handle, social worker Lewis has a nervous breakdown, tries to kill her boss, and is committed for psychiatric observation. It's all in a day's work. While being restrained, Lewis recalls her true-life experiences working with prostitutes, drug addicts and prisoners, portraying twenty-five different characters from pimps to menopausal women. CALL ME CRAZY is a funny and moving look at the highs and lows of working for peanuts while trying to save the world one client at a time.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Helena D. Lewis is an award winning actress, poet, and playwright. Her one-person show, CALL ME CRAZY: DIARY OF A MAD SOCIAL WORKER, chronicles her work in the social service field portraying twenty-five characters from pimps to menopausal women. CALL ME CRAZY has had over fifteen sold-out performances and was profiled on the National Association of Social Workers’ (NASW) Social Workers Speak website and Rutgers Alumni Magazine. CALL ME CRAZY is the winner of the AUDELCO 2014 Best Solo-Performance Award, Best Short at the Downtown Urban Theater Festival in NY, and was Festival Pick at the inaugural DC Black Theater Festival. Helena has also performed CALL ME CRAZY at the NASW-NJ 2012 Annual Conference, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Kumble Theater at Long Island University, Rutgers University School of Social Work Field Day, and it was produced by Urbintel, Inc. in conjunction with the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center in NY. Lewis has performed at numerous universities and colleges across the country and has been featured in the award-winning series, “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry.” Lewis is currently a member of the performance troupe HERStory and the host of VERSES at the Nuyorican Poets Café in NY. Lewis was a featured performer at the 2015 Mother Tongue Monologues produced by Black Women’s Blueprint. Her new one-person play SHENANIGANS debuted at the 2015 Downtown Urban Theater Festival in NYC at the HERE Arts Center.