Following sold-out engagements at 54 Below, The Triad NYC, United Solo Festival, Barrington Stage Company and a nationwide tour from Washington D.C. to Hawaii, Westport resident Amy Oestreicher presents Passageways: Songs of Connection, Abnormal & Sublime.
An adventurous multimedia journey of original song, art, story and humor as an unexpected passageway through crisis to home, Passageways is written performed, composed, and with mixed media art created by Amy Oestreicher (Audie-Award nominated playwright, TEDx Speaker, Gutless & Grateful performer and songwriter ) with musical direction and arrangements by Bob Goldstone and direction by Shellen Lubin. Performances of this new theatrical event will coincide with the launch of Amy Oestreicher's new book My Beautiful Detour: An Unthinkable Journey from Gutless to Grateful (Singing Tree Publishing, 2019), and a talk-back and book-signing will be held after each performance.
Three performances of Passageways will be staged at HERE, 145 6th Avenue in New York City from August 6-8, 2019.
Passageways is a groundbreaking synthesis of over 200 artworks and original musical arrangements to create the internal and external landscape of an extraordinarily theatrical coming of age story.
Passageways is an original multimedia fantastical one-woman musical theatre piece, with all elements created by the performer. Through art, music, humor, and a deep love of nature, a young woman with a wild passion for life and self-discovery forms a bold, new identity in spite of relentless adversity. Through the piece, she discovers that home cannot be re-found, but must be re-imagined as we are liberated through the creative telling and sharing of our stories. This unique theatrical experience is a compelling and uplifting journey through the physical and emotional repairs on the path to recovery, as the creativity of the artist is itself the passageway through profound crisis. There's no way in, no way out, only through. So why not laugh, dance and paint our way towards the light?
From Creator Amy Oestreicher
These songs, texts and paintings were mostly created when I first lost my digestive system. I wrote nearly 40 songs in two months to process the events as they were unfolding, including the resurfacing memories of abuse by a trusted mentor. I journaled to rediscover the connection I had always found in nature. And I made art to paint the faces back onto trees - the friends who had always guided me. Although initially frightening, the journey ultimately proved empowering. We make our own meaning, myth and symbols to become the heroes of our own story.
This production is a part of SubletSeries@HERE: Co-op, HERE's curated summer rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support.
Tickets are $20.00. For tickets and information, visit HERE.org, or call 212-352-3101.
The runtime is 75 minutes with no intermission.
HERE is at 145 6th Ave (Soho) and more information is at https://here.org/shows/passageways/.
Performances are followed by a brief talkback, facilitated by the president of New York Art Therapy Association on Tuesday, and Wednesday & Thursday soon to be announced. I'll also be doing a book signing for my recently published memoir, My Beautiful Detour: An Unthinkable Journey from Gutless to Grateful.
All shows are free for any students who come 15 minutes before the 8:30 showtime with their student ID.