Gutless and Grateful
Part of the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival 2018
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Performances: 2/23/18 at 8:00pm and 2/24/18 at 5:30pm.
An inspiring comedic take on a true near-death experience, told through song and story. Amy Oestreicher was a theatre-obsessed teen until her world changed overnight after waking from a coma, caused by her stomach literally exploding. After 27 surgeries and six years being unable to eat or drink, Amy’s digestive system was miraculously reconstructed and she learned that the human spirit heals through “gutsiness,” gratitude, and humor.
Content information: Graphic medical imagery – rare or mild. Suitable for all ages.
About Amy Oestreicher
Amy Oestreicher is a PTSD specialist, artist, author, and disability advocate. She is also a Huffington Post columnist and a regular lifestyle, wellness, and arts contributor to over 70 publications, and her personal story has appeared on NBC’s TODAY, CBS, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen Magazine, The Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, MSNBC, among others.
As an actress and playwright, Amy has received awards and accolades for engaging her audiences in dynamic conversation on trauma’s effects on society. Her autobiographical one-woman musical, Gutless & Grateful, has won seven major awards. At the world-renowned Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, she helped to develop the full-length multimedia ensemble piece, Born of Myth. Her full-length drama, Imprints, exploring the physical and psychological impact of trauma, premiered at the Producer’s Club in 2016 and is currently in development for a full New York production as Flicker and a Firestarter. Her short plays are published by Eddy Theatre, PerformerStuff, and The Narcissists Anthology.