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How would you sum up your life in 23 minutes?

And what would you title it?

Last year, I gave a 16-minute TEDx Talk about my one-woman musical.  Now catch 23 thrilling minutes of Gutless and Grateful at the New York New Works Theatre Festival, along with four other new works on August 29th at 8pm!  You don’t need a stomach to stay hungry for life. (Or to survive, apparently)

Amy was an ambitious, audacious teenager who had life all planned out: go to college, win a Tony, and conquer the world. But life took an unexpected detour when 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.
Months later, she awoke from a coma to discover that she had no stomach anymore, she could not eat or drink, and it was not certain if or when she would ever taste one bite ever again. After 27 surgeries and six years Amy was miraculously reconstructed, able to eat, and stayed hungry for life.
Come for an evening of inspiring story-telling and song as she shares the disappointments, the triumphs, and the humor and ultimately the gifts of what Amy received from this experience in a 70-minute one-woman musical.  As seen on NBC, TEDx, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan and more, Amy’s fight proves that you never know what you are capable of until you are asked to the challenge  and the human spirit can prevail over any odds.

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Catch Amy performing Gutless and Grateful in an exciting new opportunity!  August 29th at 7pm.

300 W 43rd Street – 2nd Floor  AT 7PM.

Book tickets online here.

“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

“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)


See the Huffington Post feature

Nominated for “Best Theatre Debut” in 2012 (Broadway World), Gutless & Grateful takes audiences on a musical journey of hope, determination, and perseverance as Amy Oestreicher shares her gratitude, her strength and her humor with the world. The show was Created/Conceived by Amy Oestreicher and is 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 Kathie Lee Gifford.  Check out Past Performances.

You don’t need a stomach to stay hungry for life.  Inspiring musical comedy Aug 29! [click to tweet!]

About the Festival

This is the first festival of its kind and we’re thrilled to be helping make the dreams of Broadway and T.V.’s next generation of writers become realities, creating a terrific evening of theatre.  

Broadway Producers, Emmy Award Winners, and Tony Award Winners donate their time for the next generation of talented writers aspiring for Broadway and television.

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Aug 29th will also feature:

Glockcoma – Rachel Rotay & Robert Rotay
Eternal Cycle of Hopeless Kind Soul – Gabriel Torres
Angie Jackson The Musical – Vincent Kee
Current Affairs – Maria Marino
Most Likely To – Ryan Vincent Anderson

  • 30 – 40 shows are selected from hundreds!  The NYNW panel of Broadway producers, Emmy & Tony award winners oversee their progression.
  • Created initially as a “give back” project to expose the work of top, aspiring writers to legitimate Broadway producers and T.V. teams with the costs absorbed by the Festival’s creator all while providing a premier theatre experience to all attendees and participants.
    The successes have been far beyond what we ever anticipated
  • All performances will be in the 199 seat Elektra Theatre on 43rd Street and 8th Avenue right in the heart of Times Square.


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Alright, well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it…for NOW 🙂  (You can read the story behind making the show here.)
Now, what would you call the 23-minute version of your life?
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