Meet Amanda Nicastro & I’m Just Kidneying

Giancarlo Osaben, production photographer
Name: Amanda Nicastro
Tell us about you. 
I write and produce a lot of my own work but that’s not what I originally set out to do. And I still have a lot of self doubt with the definition of “writer.” If you would have asked college aged Amanda, “Is your dream to write and produce your own work?” She would have said, “Heck, no! I want people to cast me in their stuff so all I have to do is memorize the lines!” Ha! But when I look back on my creative career I have pursued and realized a lot of my own creative projects.
Tell us about your current project? 
I’m Just Kidneying is a comedic portrayal of how I donated a kidney for my sister through a paired donation and wound up also helping save the life of a Trump supporter. It all started with a couple funny instances during my living donor evaluation that I turned into comedy sketches. From there I decided I wanted to make it a solo show, and I wanted to use humor as a tool for advocacy. When I found out the other donor was a MAGA Head it added another crazy level to my story.
Where are you performing your show and why is it a good fit for your production? 
I’m Just Kidneying has a run at Frigid Fringe Festival Feb 22-March 9. My show isn’t a traditional storytelling show nor is it quite a traditional comedy/sketch show. It’s a little bit of both and I find that mix is the perfect recipe of what Fringe audiences are looking for when they are deciding what shows to see.
What’s next for you? 
Edinburgh Fringe! I just signed a contract with a venue and I’m so excited to be bringing I’m Just Kidneying to the world’s first and largest Fringe Festival.
What is the name of the last show you saw? 
Haha! My husband and I actually just saw Hamilton! He’s a huge American History buff and has wanted to see the show for the longest time. The tickets were his joint birthday and Anniversary present.
Any advice for your peers?
Self doubt is your worst enemy. I can’t tell you how many times I almost talked myself out of a creative project that turned out either successful or rewarding.

Show Information:

  • Friday Feb 22nd, 5:30pm
  • Saturday Feb 23rd, 8:50pm
  • Sunday Feb 24th, 1:50pm
  • Monday March 4th, 10:30pm
  • Saturday March 9th, 5:30pm

Where: Under St Mark’s Theatre at 94 Saint Mark’s Place


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Meet Amanda Nicastro and Matthew K. Sears & Escape to LA?

Name: Amanda Nicastro & Matthew K Sears

What is your current project? Rotten Apple: Escape to LA?

Where are you performing it and why is it the right fit for your piece?

We’re performing our new show at the Frigid Fringe festival. The Frigid Festival takes place during the coldest time of the year in New York City, when we’re all probably asking ourselves the same question. “Why do I live here?” Frigid brings in shows from across New York and elsewhere, creating a perfect backdrop to reflect on our city versus other places we could be living.

Rotten Apple Comedy was born out of our frustrations with life in New York City. The challenges here can make anyone think about moving at times. For performers, the alternative is often Los Angeles. We have many friends who have given in to siren call of the West Coast and started new lives.

What’s next for you?

We’re currently planning another run of this show later this year. Please check out our website for show updates and filmed sketches.

Who is your biggest inspiration right at this moment and why?

Together with our director, Chris Booth, we drew inspiration from wacky comedies such as the Naked Gun movies, classic comedy duos such as Abbot & Costello, and Looney Tunes (always a favorite.)

One of Amanda’s favorite comedy movies is “Abbot and Costello meet Frankenstein” which she was introduced to by her dad.

We’ve been writing a lot of sketches centered around wacky characters. Bringing a variety of voices and big physicality to them just fits!

Want More?

Website: http://www.rottenappleshow.con
Twitter: @rottenappleshow; @TheLastAmanda; @MatthewKSears

Matthew K Sears is a New York comedian and improviser originally from Maine. He has been writing and performing with Amanda as Rotten Apple for four years, as well as doing stand-up, improvising, and producing videos on his own. You can see him every month at the PIT Loft as part of the Campaign and find some of his videos at Cancel Into Super on YouTube.

Amanda Nicastro – Outside of producing content for Rotten Apple Amanda has traveled as far as The Orlando Fringe Festival with her one woman show “I’m Just Kidneying” which is about her becoming a living kidney donor. She has been a performer at the SoloCom Festival in New York three consecutive years in a row. Amanda has performed and written for a variety of shows produced at The People’s Improv Theater including SKTCH SHW, Electoral Dysfunction, Ladies of the PIT, and David Carl’s Road to the Whitehouse: A Donald Trump Rally. Amanda has also directed for Emerging Artists New Works Series, taught with Naked Angels Theater company, and created web/app content for Marvel Entertainment, Dynamite! and Nattr.

Show information (venue, dates, ticket info)
The Kraine Theater
85 East 4th Street

Feb. 15 10:30pm
Feb. 19 5:10pm
Feb. 23 10:30pm
Feb. 27 7:10pm
March 2 5:30pm

$15 tickets / $10 for seniors,students,military