“Amy Oestreicher is a TEDx Speaker/survivor performing an autobiographical musical in Sarasota next month”
My name is Amy Oestreicher. I am a PTSD specialist, artist, author, writer for The Huffington Post, health advocate, TEDx Speaker (amyoes.com/tedx), actress, and playwright. I’m also a survivor and “thriver” of sexual abuse, 27 surgeries, coma, organ failure, six years being unable to eat or drink, and the PTSD that comes from ten years of trauma.
After appearing on NBC’s Today Show in 2011, I created a one-woman musical comedy, Gutless & Grateful, a hilarious yet poignant story about personal triumph over unimaginable odds, featuring a song written for me by Kathie Lee Gifford and David Friedman, appropriately titled, “Still Alive.” Through interwoven song and dialogue, I share a primal piece of live-storytelling – a powerful message that it’s possible to stay hungry for life…even after an exploding stomach.
I’ve been touring the show to theatres, conferences, and colleges nationwide, and I’m thrilled to be bringing Gutless & Grateful to Pioneer Park at the historical, Crocker Memorial Church, 1260 12th Street, Sarasota, FL. You can view more details here: https://amyoes.com/event/sarasolo/
Contact: Amy Oestreicher, 203 209 4948, [email protected]
Gutless & Grateful
Lost a Stomach, Gained a Story
January 28th , 2017, 5pm
Sarasolo Theatre Festival Pioneer Park at the historical, Crocker Memorial Church, 1260 12th Street, Sarasota, FL.
Following sold-out runs across the country, the captivating Amy Oestreicher will bring her hit one-woman musical Gutless & Grateful to Florida for the Sarasolo Theatre Festival on January 28th at 5pm, 2017. Through interwoven song and dialogue, performer Amy Oestreicher shares a primal piece of live-storytelling – weaving her near death experience and inspiring perspective with an eclectic set of songs, comedically highlighting struggles, triumphs and “beautiful detours” 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), and Bistro Awards Top Pick, and featured in Huffington Post, Gutless & Grateful, takes audiences on a musical journey of determination, grit and “guts” as Oestreicher shares her humor, her strength, and her soaring vocals with the world. “Gutless” 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, after she appeared on NBC’s TODAY Show in 2011.
“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 she abruptly developed a blood clot the week before her high school senior prom. After being rushed to the hospital, her stomach exploded in the operating room, and after both her lungs collapsed, she nearly died. After waking up from a coma several months later, she was told she no longer had a stomach, and it was unknown whether she would ever be able to eat or drink 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 learned that the human spirit heals through “gutsiness”, gratitude, and an overabundance of humor.
Amy Oestreicher is an artist, author, speaker for RAINN and TEDx, 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.
“Oestreicher’s story is always inspirational and surprisingly funny.” – Paulanne Simmons (Times Square Chronicles)
Come for a moving night of song, stories and possibilities, all in a 70-minute musical comedy. Gutless & Grateful is no ordinary one-woman show, but a powerhouse production that leaves the audience in tears, laughing hysterically, and savoring every last bite as though it were their very first.
Amy Oestreicher in Gutless & Grateful plays the Sarasolo Theatre Festival on January 28th, 2017 at 5pm at Pioneer Park at the historical, Crocker Memorial Church, 1260 12th Street, Sarasota, FL.
Tickets are $15. Tickets and information are available at sarasolo.org and http://www.tktassistant.com/Tix/Request.php?ID=P3.SA5§ion=G
For more information on Oestreicher’s unique story and highly esteemed show, visit www.amyoes.com.