IMPACT was developed at the 2020 National Winter Playwrights Retreat in Grand Lake, CO. During lockdown in 2021, a filmed version co-produced by the cell theatre (NYC) and The Playhouse at White Lake (Whitehall, MI) streamed on demand. The live version was incubated at the cell, developed at the Creative Centre in Iceland and Paul Provenza’s Green Room Live. After productions at Bethany Arts (Ossining, NY) and NAMBA Arts (Ventura, CA), IMPACT won the Jury Prize for Best Original Score at the 2023 National Women’s Theatre Festival in Raleigh, NC. The show comes to Los Angeles after a month-long run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, produced by Mike Blaha/Fringe Management.
“Engelhardt puts her tremendous storytelling talent to its best use in this performance, acted by her with the ease of one so familiar with the tools of comedy that she merely absorbs them into the narrative. IMPACT conveys its story with a straight-to-the-heart power that only well-crafted songs can evoke…an intense hour of songs and words with Amy front and center telling a story she needed to tell. That it celebrates – in only most moderately joyful sense of the term – a labyrinthine journey of heartbreak and grief, without lapsing into the maudlin or making a cheap sale of the heart-warming finish, is a testament to Engelhardt’s many skills, all brought together in a piece speaks to all of us who have been anywhere near a tragedy. In other words, all of us.” – WORDS AND MUSIC
“…through her warm storytelling and reflections on her experience – and her affecting framing songs – we get a clear sense of how huge public tragedies can affect even those who observe them from afar, and how sharing these experiences can lead to healing from them. ” – THE SCOTSMAN
“Moving, sorrowful, hopeful and ultimately enlightening… a stirring and brilliant new performance piece. IMPACT packs quite a theatrical punch.” – NITE LIFE EXCHANGE