|GUTLESS & GRATEFUL: Gutless & Grateful is the one-woman musical autobiography of Amy Oestreicher, who takes her audience on a comedic journey of hope, resilence and gratitude after a blood clot caused her stomach to literally explode at 18 years old.
Performance Dates: Sat 8/06, 8:30pm
Following sold-out runs at Stage 72, The Bijou Theatre, United Solo Festival, Barrington Stage Company (Tony-Award winning William Finn’s Cabaret Series) and a nationwide tour, the inspirational Amy Oestreicher will bring her hit one-woman musical Gutless & Grateful back to NYC as part of the Midtown Theatre Festival on Saturday August 6th at 8:30pm. In this moving evening of song, performer Amy Oestreicher weaves her near death experience and unique personal story with an eclectic set of songs, highlighting the disappointments, struggles, triumphs and humor in her life.
“Gutless & Grateful: is not a story about a victim, but one of a survivor. Amy has channeled the pain of her experiences into something far greater.” – Michelle Alerte (Woman Around Town)
Nominated for “Best Theatre Debut” in 2012 (Broadway World), Gutless & Grateful: My Surgical, Beautiful Detour, takes audiences on a musical journey of hope, determination, and perseverance as Amy Oestreicher shares her gratitude, her strength and her beautiful voice with the world. The show was Created/Conceived by Amy Oestreicher and is Co-written and Co-directed by Amy Oestreicher and Jerold Goldstein. The show also features the song “Still Alive” which was written for Amy by acclaimed composer David Friedman with lyrics by TV personality and lyricist Kathie Lee Gifford.
“One part moving testament to human indomitability, the other a thoroughly satisfying evening of song. While each element is strong enough to stand on its own, combined they illuminate and enhance each other. Rarely have I seen narration and song so artfully meshed, and Oestreicher’s likeability, good humor, interpretive skill, and manifest commitment to what she is saying and singing make us not only understand her story, but also feel it on a very deep level.”
-Roy Sander (critic for BistroAwards.com)
Amy had ambitious plans for Broadway until the week before her high school senior prom, Amy abruptly developed a blood clot, her stomach exploded in the operating room of the hospital, and after both her lungs collapsed, she nearly died. After waking up from a coma several months later covered in tubes, bags, and drains, she was told she had no stomach anymore and couldn’t eat or drink and nobody could tell her if she ever would be able to again. After 27 surgeries and six of the past ten years unable to drink a drop of fluid, Amy’s digestive system was miraculously reconstructed and she could begin putting her life back together.
Even with bags leaking, machines beeping, and her planned life on hold, Amy never wanted to feel like a “patient” or a “victim” – rather than mourn her hunger, she started a chocolate business, a food blog, learned karate, starred in musicals, put up three art shows, and taught nursery school. She learned not to take anything for granted – like the first time she could sip water in years.
Amy Oestreicher is an artist, author, speaker for RAINN, writer for The Huffington Post, award-winning health advocate, actress and playwright, eagerly sharing the lessons learned from a decade of trauma through her writing, performance, art and speaking.
Amy’s story and show have appeared on the TODAY Show, CBS, WNBC Cosmopolitan, Seventeen Magazine, Unmistakable Creative, Good Housekeeping, among others, and her writings have appeared in over 70 notable lifestyle, wellness, and arts publications. Amy’s “beautiful detour” inspired her to create the #LoveMyDetour movement, a campaign inspiring people to flourish because of, rather than in spite of challenges.
“As a survivor and “thriver” of nearly 30 surgeries, a coma, and a decade of medical trauma, I have been challenged with moments of extreme difficulty. But as an artist, newlywed, actress, 28-year old college student and overall lover of life, I’ve learned so much from this beautiful detour. Now, my life’s’ passion share my message and tell my story, in the hope that it will inspire other people to find gratitude in the miracles of every day.” – Oestreicher
As a mental health advocacy program, “Gutless & Grateful” has toured colleges campuses nationwide, as well as reaching audiences at international conferences and festivals including for the Transformative Language Arts Network National Conference, the Eating Recovery Center Foundation, the Pacific Rim Conference on Diversity and Disability, the National Mental Health America Conference, and The League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling.
Ticket Information: Gutless & Grateful will be presented at the Midtown Theatre Festival’s Main Stage Theater on Saturday August 6th at 8:30pm – This version is 45 minutes.