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Gutless & Grateful Teaser! (Spoiler Alert – my stomach explodes.)

The gist:

An autobiographical musical comedy chronicling my inspirational journey from an audacious theatre-loving teenager to a joy-filled survivor of a coma, 27 surgeries and a decade of medical trauma.  Life had other plans for me when two weeks before my senior prom, my stomach exploded.  When I awoke months later, I found out that I had no stomach, I couldn’t eat or drink, and it wasn’t known when or if I’d ever be able to again.  Through humor, music, drama and plenty of “guts”, I share my uplifting message of strength, hope, resilience and the power of the human spirit.

The Beauty of Gutless & Grateful:  A Musical Feast is that there’s a very simple message.  With heart, hope, Gratitude and GUTS, anything is possible.

I’ve taken my show to the Bijou Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, United Solo Festival, the Triad and Stage 72.

But my show is not only for the stage.  Gutless & Grateful is quite mobile…

For hospitals…

Fundraisers…

Conferences…

Workshops…

Well, basically anywhere you can give me a place to stand!  (I’ll bring the dress!)  

Contact me and bring about 70 minutes of joy into your life – it can last a bit longer with some extra pauses for laughs – so come ready!

Okay – you really want to know a bit more before you book me?  Alright…

SYNOPSIS of Gutless & Grateful:

 

Amy Oestreicher was an ambitious, audacious teenager who had her life all planned out:  go to college, win a Tony, and conquer the world.  Despite her parents desire to have her live a “normal childhood”, Amy was determined to be on stage .  Amy met some wonderful mentors as she got closer to her dreams, but trusted too deeply…

With a dark secret tormenting her, Amy’s feelings remained unresolved when life took an unexpected detour.  The week before her high school senior prom, she found herself in unusual pain. She was rushed to the emergency room, and due to a blood clot, Amy’s stomach exploded to the ceiling of the operating room. After both lungs collapsed, she almost died.  After waking up from her coma, she was told by doctors that she had no stomach anymore, she couldn’t eat or drink, and it was not known when or if she would ever be able to again.

Facing life without nourishment or any answers, Amy kept up hope and longed to be part of he outside world again.    As a patient, she tried to live her life as normally as she could – having her high school graduation in the middle of the ICU and even escaping the hospital premises in her hospital gown to go shopping.  She was found and kindly escorted back to the hospital.

“They say that everything happens for a reason.  But that’s not always true.  Sometimes, you have to make it happen…This is not the path that I planned for myself – but does anyone’s life ever work out exactly how they plan it?  I was led astray, and hurt, and betrayed, and dehumanized, taken apart and put back together, but differently.  But my passion never went away.  I kept my hunger alive.  Now I know that my role in life is still to be that same performer I always wanted to be when I was 13.  But now with an even greater gift to give.  A story to tell.”

There’s more, but I’d love to tell you in person!  Be sure to send me a note if you’d like me to bring Gutless & Grateful to you!

 

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