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A downtrodden waitress has a rough night and discovers a power she didn’t know she had. Is it real, or all in her mind?
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Inspired by writer/director Amy Heidt’s lengthy tenure in restaurants, this short explores the delicate relationship between those who serve and those who are served, and what happens when the person in the subservient role tries to flip the script. On the night we meet her, the Waitress finds herself unable to smile and play along, and lets off a bit of steam in what she considers to be a harmless way. Later, she finds that she may have actually caused some harm. If victims make the best tyrants, and everyone is the hero of their own story, how do you separate the good guys from the bad guys?

TEAM WAITRESS

AMY HEIDT (Writer/Director/Actor/Producer) is a writer, director and performer based in Los Angeles. She’s spent many years at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theaters on both coasts, where she directed many sketch & solo shows, performed on house teams, and debuted three original solo shows. Her first film as writer/director, The Last Ones, is available here.

ELAINE CARROLL (Producer) is a writer, actor and producer. She has been seen on Astronaut Wives Club, Mad Men, and her hit web series Very Mary-Kate, among other things. She's thrilled to be working with Amy and Claire.

CLAIRE AYOUB (Producer) is a comedy writer, director, performer and all-around whackadoodle living in Los Angeles. She is the creator of the web series A Series of Comebacks, which has been featured on BuzzFeed, Upworthy, Ms. Magazine, and the Huffington Post.

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Filmmaking is a collaborative process, and an expensive one! We're working hard to find talented individuals who will help us create the best work in the most economical fashion. Your contribution helps with our myriad production costs, including but not limited to:
-crew
-rentals (camera, lighting, electrical, sound)
-insurance
-props
-hair/makeup
-food
-costumes
-marketing & publicity

Thank you for your interest in our project! We can't wait to share it with you!
xo
Team Waitress

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    You’re a Star! - The above plus a 30 minute coaching session with Director Amy Heidt. Get ready for that big audition or fine tune that character monologue!
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