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Amy will be performing her hit one-woman musical Gutless & Grateful at Chenango River Theatre in Greene, New York on Monday June 13th at 7:30pm.

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Chenango River Theatre

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A professional, non-profit theatre company committed to fully professional theatre – casting our shows with professional actors drawn from anywhere in the country.  It’s a real rarity to find a theatre like ours in a rural market – we were the first theatre in the greater Binghamton area under annual contract with Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the union for professional actors and stage managers in the U.S.  Every production features professional actors and a professional stage manager – people devoted to making their living by this craft.

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From Coma to Comedy:  Inspirational Survivor Bring One-Woman Musical to Chenango River Theatre June 13th

HuffPost Columnist/Award-Winning Actress & Inspirational Survivor brings one-woman autobiographical musical comedy to the Chenango River Theatre in Greene, NY on June 13th at 7:30pm

Following sold-out runs at theatres nationwide and headlining international conferences, TEDx Speaker and award-winning actress Amy Oestreicher will bring her hit one-woman musical Gutless & Grateful to the Chenango River Theatre in Greene, New York on June 13th. In this inspirational keynote, performer Amy Oestreicher shares a a powerful message that it’s possible to overcome physical and mental health obstacles through interwoven song and dialogue in a primal piece of live storytelling.

After an unexpected blood clot caused her stomach to literally explode at 18 years old, Oestreicher is a survivor of 27 surgeries, a coma, organ failure, six years being unable to eat or drink, and the PTSD that comes from ten years of trauma. She is also a survivor of sexual abuse.

Now a PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, author, speaker for RAINN, writer for The Huffington Post, health advocate, actress, and playwright, Amy eagerly shares the lessons learned from trauma through her writing, performance, art and speaking.

In 2012, she wrote, directed, and starred in a one-woman musical about her life, Gutless & Grateful, touring theatres across the country for four years, and earning rave reviews and accolades since its BroadwayWorld Award-nominated NYC debut. Finding the gifts of a traumatic experience, Amy calls the past ten years a “beautiful detour.”  Determined to help give a voice to survivors, Amy devised a program that combines Broadway theatre with and mental health advocacy and sexual assault awareness, providing hope, help and saving lives.

Amy’s “beautiful detour” inspired her to create the #LoveMyDetour movement, inspiring people to flourish because of, rather than in spite of challenges.  As recipient of the Great Comebacks Award, Amy has spoken to hundreds of WOCN nurses on behalf of ostomates nationwide.  Her story has appeared on the TODAY Show, CBS, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen Magazine, among others.

Now, Gutless & Grateful will be taking a “beautiful detour” to New York on June 13th  for Chenango Theatre’s “Distinctive Theatre in the Southern Tier.”  In this inspirational, empowering performance, Oestreicher weaves her near death experience and unique personal story with an eclectic set of songs, highlighting the struggles, triumphs, and humor in her life on a musical journey of hope, determination, and perseverance.  A celebration of life through passion and gratitude, “Gutless” can touch everyone from trauma survivors to anyone needing inspirational words of courage, humor, and healing

“Nobody expects a detour to happen in life. Its what happens when we think we have things planned and all figured out, and then we’re thrown a curveball. For a long time, my detour felt like a dead-end.  After 27 surgeries and six years unable to eat or drink, I didn’t know where my life was going, anymore. The detour I traveled was a very rough path.”

Amy strived to give others hope.  “When you don’t know where you’re going, its stressful and anxiety-provoking.” We realize we have the power to make choices, which can be equal parts empowering and frightening.  When I was going through my traumas, the biggest thing I needed to know was that I wasn’t alone. I wanted to reach out to a friend, a mentor, or a community of people, just to listen, to show understanding and compassion.”

Sharing means everything to Amy.  “I share to give courage and a sense of belonging to people who are struggling with all kinds of mental health or physical challenges, but also to help build a campus that gives everyone the kind of awareness and generosity of spirit that makes that world a better place. If we all share our “detours”, we see that our detours do leas somewhere – we just need to hang in long enough to catch the flowers along the way.

Gutless & Grateful will be at the Chenango River Theatre on 7:30pm June 13th, located 991 State Hwy. 12, Greene, NY.   Buy tickets by calling the Box Office:  607 656-8499 (TIXX)  or online at http://www.chenangorivertheatre.org/Chenango_River_Theatre/One_Night_Stands.html and learn more about Amy’s story amyoes.com.  

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