“The imprints of traumatic experiences are organized not as coherent logical narratives but in fragmented sensory and emotional traces: images, sounds, and physical sensations.”
– Bessel Van Der Kolk “The Body Keeps the Score”
A trauma creates imprints on the soul and leaves us forever changed. But how do we to reclaim who we are after these imprints have tested our resilience and leave us with scars that are sensed, but not seen?
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Imprints, a new play by Amy Oestreicher, was given a full-length staged reading on Saturday, May 14th from 3:30pm to 5:30pm at the Producer’s Club Theater in the heart of NYC’s Theater District. The reading was directed by Lara Gold and produced by Mila Levine, of Stage Love Theater. See photos here.
- An excerpt from Imprints will be featured in Manhattan Rep’s Short Play Contest August 17th and 20th.
- Learn more about the upcoming full production at the Thespis Theatre Festival in 2017.
The play was presented as part of Stage Love Theater’s new works festival, “to discover the undiscovered, to enhance the diverse cultural life of the community, and to create an oasis for self-expression, self-discovery, self-acceptance and nurturing of all artistic talents and pursuits.“
Learn more about Amy and her work at amyoes.com.
- PTSD: The Illness I Couldn’t See
- Journals From a Coma
- ICU Writings and Healing from Sexual Abuse
- Imprints featured in Huffington Post
Contact Amy here for inquiries.
Imprints and Judaism
A Passover dinner table is set at the foot of the stage with glasses partially filled, chairs half-pushed in and the entire world of a family interrupted in the midst of celebration – now a moment eerily preserved in time.
“Passover will always symbolize a time of exile, redemption and rebirth for me. I couldn’t think of more appropriate setting for Imprints, and for my own catharsis. I took on the task of healing and the secrets that only a wounded healer is enlightened with, just a Moses was given the heavy knowledge of the Ten Commandments. After the Ten Plagues were unleashed on Egypt, Moses led the Hebrew slaves out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, where they wandered in the desert for 40 years, just as I hoped that my thriving self would eventually be inspired to lead my wounded self to safety. The Exodus was not passive –we as Jews took an active role in escaping slavery. Every Passover, by telling our story, we affirm that next year we’ll be in Jerusalem, and next year we are going to be free. Every year as my family eagerly awaited the day I’d be surgically reconstructed and we’d all regain our lives, we’d recite, ‘Next year we’ll have Passover,” imagining the day we would finally be blessed with food on our table once again. ‘Next year we will be free.’ Free from our wounds, free from our imprints, and free to move on with our lives.”
Imprints and Sexual Assault
“I’m the one you invited from Sexual Violence Response. I think it is important that you know that 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. As far as the play itself, its depiction of sexual trauma – it is 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. Thank you for inviting me.”
The play has one intermission, runs an hour and 50 minutes, 8 characters, who may be double cast.
If you are interested in participating in or viewing a production of Imprints, contact Amy today.
- Imprints will be coming to the Thespis Theatre Festival in New York, January 2017!
- Because of its multimedia and conceptual elements, Imprints will soon be developed by the Esperenza Dance Company in Arizona
Contact Amy for inquiries.
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