»Call This Number: A Play About What Murder Leaves Behind

Call This Number: An Original Play“Call this Number” is an original play based on interviews with more than 50 family members of murder victims. Those left behind by homicide not only grieve but search for justice in a system that is designed to punish the guilty, not aid the victims -- a system that often treats these secondary victims as afterthoughts. In this performance, their stories and their interactions with the criminal justice system are shared with the hope that others may learn how to help these families cope with their loss.

The play is authored by Chapman University student Noreen Raja and Chapman faculty Michelle Miller-Day and Edward Day. It is based on research conducted by Dr. Day. The production is under the direction of Jed Alexander, a Los Angeles based actor and director. The set is designed by Vonzell Scott with set materials donated by the South Coast Repertory Theatre. The performance at Chapman University is the world premiere of this work.

Performances will take place January 30, 2014 - February 1, 2014 at 8 p.m. and a matinee on February 1, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Chapman Auditorium Theatre, Memorial Hall.

All performances are free and open to the public.


About Chapman University Student - Noreen Raja

Noreen RajaNoreen Raja is a senior at Chapman University and is studying Communication Studies. She is highly involved with the University Honors Program, Delta Gamma, Speech and Debate, various Fellowships on campus, the Interfaith Council, Metacommunicate, and more! This is the first play Noreen has co-written, but it has been one of the most educational, rewarding, and exciting experiences of her life. When she graduates in May, Noreen is moving to Miami, FL to teach middle school science with Teach for America. 

+-About the Actors

Kerri Malmgren

ANNE
When living in NYC; Kerri Malmgren trained under Mary Boyer at MTB Studio, held an internship at The Actor's Studio, and took classes at HB Studios.  She has acted on stage, in film, and on television including several appearances as an Under Five on All My Children.  Favorite stage roles include Patsy in The Rimers of Eldritch and Brenda in An Act of the Imagination.  Since moving to CA, Kerri has appeared onstage in Buena Park, Newport Beach, and booked a commercial as a consumer expert for Complete Care Medical, Inc.  And she is thrilled to be working onstage for the first time at Chapman University with such a talented group of people!

Ed Day

JOHN
Ed Day is Director of the Earl Babbie Research Center and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Chapman University. The play “Call this Number” is based upon interviews he conducted to study how interactions with the criminal justice system affect the grief process. As an actor, he has appeared in several regional productions and is happy to make his debut on a Chapman University stage. It is also the first time he has acted in a play he co-authored.

Holly Jeanne

JANICE
Holly Jeanne has been seen as Lady MacDuff in Macbeth and Baptista in The Taming of the Shrew on the road with Shakespeare Under the Moon and with Santa Barbara Shakespeare as the Abbess in Comedy of Errors, Phoebe in As You Like It and Mistress Quickly in The Merry Wives of Windsor.  Regional stage credits include the role of Etta in the Laguna Playhouse production of The Homecoming, Desdemona in Good Night Desdemona . . . at Utah’s Old Lyric Theatre along with Mary in On The Verge, and Germaine in Picasso at the Lapin Agile at Summer Repertory Theatre as well as Adelaide Pinchin in The Mysterious Mr. Love at the Studio Theatre, Long Beach.  Holly is a theatre faculty member at AMDA El Camino, Cerritos and Cal State Fullerton. 

Kim King

AMIE

Kimberly King most recently appeared in the Ira Aldridge Repertory Players’ production of Poetical, Not Be Played on the Radio directed by Calvin Mason. She has been performing for live audiences for several years with her introduction to the stage as Juror No. 6 in the San Diego Black Ensemble's production of 12 Angry People. Some of her theater credits include: Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye (Moxie/Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company), Come Back Little Sheba (Community Actors Theater), Harlem Duets, African Medea and Voices (San Diego Black Ensemble Theater). Her film credits include: A Big Difference, Caroline’s Unconventional Birthday Party Bash, And Then We Laughed, and The Believer. In addition to performing, Ms. King is a black/white fine art film photographer.

Call This Number Actor

RONNIE

Collin McCarthy is a recent graduate from AMDA College and Conservatory of Performing Arts with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Past credits include A Funny Thing...Forum (Hysterium), Spring Awakening (Hanschen), Lend Me A Tenor (Bellhop), Cabaret (Emcee), Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), and Forbidden Broadway (Alice Ripley). He is beyond excited to be a part of Call This Number. Playing a cookie-eating joker is built in his DNA. 

Michelle Miller-Day

MELISSA

Michelle Miller-Day is doing triple duty on "Call This Number."  She is a co-author of the script, a producer of, and an actor in the show. Michelle is a Professor of Communication Studies at Chapman University. She received her PhD from Arizona State University and a MFA in Theatre from the University of Southern California. She narrates audiobooks  (e.g., look up "Fancy White Trash" on Amazon!) and is the author/editor of 4 of her own books (e.g., look up "Communication among grandmothers, mothers, and adult daughters").  She was most recently seen onstage in "On Golden Pond" in the classic Katharine Hepburn role, "A Streetcar Named Desire," and "Thoroughly Modern Millie."  Her commercial work includes Sugardown, Huggies, and Ramada Inn and her voiceover work includes L'Oreal Skinceuticals and Reveratrol. The most fun she has had in a while was playing the head nurse in a film short directed by Giovanni Ribisi with Beth Riesgraf and highlighting the noir style artistry of Mercedes Helnwein.

Katherine Wallace

GRACE

Originally from Australia, Katherine Wallace is a young actress whose biggest goal is to run a theatre company for human rights. Favorite theatre credits include Annie in Apartment 3A, Goody in Vinegar Tom, and the original movement piece Overload. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has appeared in three short films and the play Dark Side of the Moon at Next Stage Theatre. Training: Stella Adler Studio of Acting, NYC. Website: www.KatherineWallace.com

Katelyn Ann Clark

SOPHIA

Katelyn Ann Clark’s credits Include -  Stage:   Last Summer at Bluefish Cove - director Dee Cox - Stella Adler;  Mrs. Cage - director Barbara Bain - NoHo Actors Studio;  Sympathy for the Devil  - director  Joan Scheckel  - NY Theatre Workshop;  String of Pearls  - director Sherry Netherland – GRT;  The Sound of Murder  – director Raymond Cole GRT.   Film:  11:11; The Conrad Boys;  Discarded  Other :  Assistant Director - Over the River and Through the Woods - GRT;  Produced/Directed Video Documentaries.  Special thanks to Susan Peretz and Barbara Bain, whose training, belief and encouragement are always with her.

Rebecca Bollar

STEPHANIE

Rebecca Bollar has been acting since she was a little girl. Her favorite roles include Suzy Hendricks in Wait Until Dark, Gwendolyn Fairfax in The Importance of Being Earnest, Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show, Belinda Blair in Noises Off! and Alice Sycamore in You Can't Take it With You. She is currently studying Drama and educational studies at University of California- Irvine. After graduation she plans to pursue her dreams of acting as well as teaching the craft to future generations. Rebecca is particularly excited for this production because of her volunteer work with Crime Survivors, an organization that provides resources and support for survivors of crime. She would like to thank the cast and crew for letting her share the stage with them and her family and friends for their endless love and support.

+-Behind the Scenes

WRITERS: Noreen Raja, Michelle Miller-Day, L. Edward Day (See their information above)

Jed Alexander

DIRECTOR: Jed Alexander

Jed, an admitted Cubs, Bears, and Sex In The City fan, is a proud member of SAG, AFTRA, and AEA.  From 2006-2008, he was TV and Radio Spokesman for award winning commercial campaign, Rolling Rock Beer (Anheuser-Busch), where he played fictional VP of Marketing 'Ron Stablehorn.’  Appearances included The Tim Conway Jr. Show With Arsenio Hall, Indie Morning Drive, and Opie & AnthonyAnnie (National Tour); Disney Cruise Line; EA Studios; Theaterworks USA; Chicago Dramatists; Shakespeare Project of Chicago; All Skate! company member (IO West/YADA); contributing essayist for film critic Emanuel Levy.  MFA (Roosevelt University); BFA (Emerson College); The Second City Training Center (Chicago/L.A.); IO Writing Program (L.A.).  Jed is represented by Special Artists Agency and Diversified Talent Management

Monica Furman

STAGE MANAGER: Monica Furman

Monica Furman is a freshman theatre major at Chapman University. A native New Yorker, she has studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and Trinity College Dublin. As a company member of Girl Be Heard, she has performed her own award-winning original work in venues such as Playwrights Horizons, the Chicago Theatre, and even the White House. Monica's accidental knack for stage managing most likely comes from her Type A personality and she looks forward to making plenty of colorful lists and schedules for CTN! Fun fact: Monica is fluent in Russian.

Vonzell Scott

SET DESIGNER: Vonzell Scott

A passionate production designer, art director hailing from the Lake Shore area of Chicago and currently residing in Los Angeles. Vonzell is an academically trained artist in Art & Design with studio options who’s proficient in various mediums to include set design and set building for film, television, event and theatre.

Assistant Set Designer:
Amanda Jimenez (not pictured)



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