FRIGID Festival 2019: I'm Just Kidneying
I’m Just Kidneying features Amanda Nicastro in her second FRIGID-partnered solo show. Nicastro takes us through the story of her living kidney donation, exploring what it means to be a “hero”, as she’s so often called, while offering facts and statistics about organ donation. The result is part storytelling, part PSA, part psychedelic trip down drugged-up memory lane. The show is genuinely educational. Nicastro doesn’t gloss over the less glamorous aspects of living donation, but she does plead with the audience to become organ donors postmortem.
Nicastro discusses chain donations, urine collection, bioluminescent rivers, and saving the life of a Trump supporter through a paired donation program. Her wacky style finds a self-awareness that keeps the audience entertained and intrigued. It feels like Nicastro is inviting us into a piece of her past, however painful, embarrassing, or complex it might be. The piece is as introspective as it is instructional, and it packages cold donation statistics with real-life ramifications.
On a Scale from 1 to Weird: 5
Who should see this? Fans of storytelling or solo shows. Anyone in the medical profession, or interested in medical/science-based theatre. Nurses specifically will be offered a free drink when they show their IDs at future shows. Anyone who’s curious about organ donation, and how they can make a difference by doing almost nothing.
Next Performances: April 28th, May 5th, and May 19th at 6pm, Under St. Marks Theatre. More dates in June and July. Tickets can be found at http://www.horsetrade.info/under-st-marks