Read Amy’s Playwright Bio/Resume here.
Perform Gutless & Grateful!
Gutless and Grateful can be licensed out for individuals to perform as a one-person show.
- Gutless & Grateful is currently being developed by college senior Elizabeth Cassidy for her final project at the College of St. Benedicts and St. John’s in Minnesota
- You can also license monologues from Gutless & Grateful. Monologues are currently being performed by a male high school student for a regional monologue competition at Platte County High School.
- An original monologue and song is being performed by college student Nicole Miller at University of Buffalo. Watch a video of her performance here.
How did I write it? Learn the story behind creating Gutless and Grateful in my Huffington Post article.
(You can always book me doing the show myself here…)
Imprints: A Full Length Drama
Learn more here.
- Imprints will be coming to the Thespis Theatre Festival in New York, July 2017!
- Because of its multimedia and conceptual elements, Imprints will soon be developed by the Esperenza Dance Company in Arizona
How did I write it? Read the Huffington Post article about the premiere reading.
Flicker and a Firestarter: A Full-Length Drama
- Read the Huffington Post article about it’s development.
- Support the full production on Patreon
- Read a synopsis, artistic statement, and more at amyoes.com/flicker
The Sky is Blue: A Short Play
Learn more here.
- The Sky is Blue was a Short Play Finalist at Manhattan Repertory Theatre‘s Short Play Contest in August 2016
- Now published by the Eddy Theatre!
How did I write it? Read the story behind the scene in my Huffington Post Article
FIBERS: Oral Histories, My Grandmother, and her Holocaust Legacy
A documentary drama piece based on the oral histories of my grandmother. Learn more here!
Amy is currently collaborating once again with musical director David Brunetti on a new solo piece featuring all new original music and a storyline you’ll never expect. Stay tuned for details and find out more here.
Factory Treasures: A Full-Length Play
Two thirty minute plays based in the Lower East Side themed around prosperity. These plays chronicle the history of a now-abandoned sewing factory, and a family struggling to determine the best way to honor the legacy of the holocaust survivors who literally built an enterprise from scratch. Read synopsis and character breakdown for both here.
Trust Re-Membered: A Multidisciplinary Solo Project
Learn more at www.amyoes.com/journey
In a coming of age story through interwoven song, movement, dialogue and art, a young woman explores what it means to “find home,” when unexpectedly sucked into the world of trauma, and soon discovers that when the trauma passes, the darkest demon is within herself. Embarking on an archetypal hero’s journey, she refashions “home” from the fragments of her childhood world, with the lessons learned from trauma which have illuminated her path, and a gift she can bestow upon society, and herself. Forming a bold, new identity in spite of relentless adversity, she discovers that, “home” can never be re-found, but re-imagined through the power of family, the freedom of creativity, the symbols of myth, and the stories that unite us all.
Persephone: Finding Meaning Through Myth
Amy is currently developing a solo performance project based on the myth of Persephone with the Blockheads Theatre Collective. Stay tuned!
LEFTOVERS: A Full-Length Play with Music
Amy is currently working with director Susan Einhorn on a full-length play with all original music. Learn more here.
Update! Amy’s monologue “Farthest From the Path” has been selected as a semi-finalist for the NYCPlaywrights WOMEN IN THE AGE OF TRUMP project.
Ask me a question about any of my original works.
Flicker and a Firestarter: “To find triumph and confidence in your life experiences is something that I think you’ve mastered, I really admire it. You’re able to take the things that you go through and turn them into positives and into something that can help guide someone in their own personal struggles. I found myself flickering for quite some time a few years back before my fire came. I found my passion and let my flames run rampant. It’s nice to see how you flip things, Im really impressed.”
Imprints: “I have worked as a social worker with interpersonal violence and I am a survivor myself. That said, your play certainly resonates with me. Interestingly enough, one of the audience members asked someone what they thought the play’s message was, which started a meaningful dialogue. I know that this one conversation above signified the importance of your play – that one person will leave with a better understanding of how trauma not only affects the individual but the family as well. It’s a realistic depiction of how it happens, how it is denied and ignored within a family structure because the horror of it i so difficult to face. The more people talk about it, (write about it), acknowledge it, the better people will learn to deal with it in a genuine way. That is why this play needs to be seen.”
Gutless: 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
The Sky is Blue: “For me, the night sky is a place of extraordinary beauty, personal power, ancestry and the primal web that connects us all to each other and the universe. So I really understand why the mother in the “The Sky is Blue” finds the blue sky a source of comfort, hope and a strong container to hold her and her daughter as they attempt to “manage” the trauma of sexual abuse. The sky is a source of beauty but also a place where supernovas, mark violent endings of one form to then create life in other forms. Amy’s exploding stomach due to the intense sexual pressure placed upon her as a young girl by her abuser marks a similar violent ending and eventual release of a part of her life. Amy, has used the ending of one part of her life to create new beginnings using her words, her paintings and her live performances to heal herself and other survivors of this sadly widespread universal crime. I have been very fortunate to be a part of the telling of her true story with an extraordinary cast of talented, generous, collaborative and openhearted actors who gave so much time and energy to explore many creative possibilities and show the ripple effect that sexual trauma has on a person, their family, their friends and beyond as they find ways to heal.”