NAMBA Performing Arts Space to present two award winning shows

Written and performed by award-winning composer/performer Amy Engelhardt (Grammy nominees The Bobs, Harry Shearer & Judith Owen’s Christmas Without Tears), brings her one-woman show, IMPACT, to Ventura. The show features soul-stirring original songs that deepen the experience of Engelhardt’s unique story.

After a series of magical “follow-signs” a bucket-list pilgrimage unexpectedly turns into an exploration of compassion and the power of kindness. This compelling solo tale is told through the lenses of music, multimedia and memory.

I don’t like most one-person shows and I don’t go for the woowoo stuff. I mean HELLO, I’m from New Jersey. But in 2019, a series of ‘follow-signs’ started pointing to a major world event 30 years ago. I followed these prompts to Lockerbie, Scotland. I expected a somber solo trip, but found the true meaning of “community.” IMPACT heads to Edinburgh’s International Fringe Festival in August 2023.

There are two shows this Saturday, March 25 at 3PM and 7PM. Tickets are $20 and can be bought online at or at the door the day of the performance.

The second play is “Spy for Spy, love, shuffled”, from multi-award-winning writer and director Kieron Barry. Funny, moving and profound, this hilarious and heartrending new play explores the limits of the body, the weight of the soul and the burden of love. Spy for Spy asks if our lives make more sense in the wrong order, and if love is enough to fuse together two radically different spirits. Sarah and Molly love each other – and that’s all they have in common. As the uptight lawyer and the free-spirited dreamer strive to make their improbable relationship work, we see them break up, meet the parents, move in together and fall in love – all in a completely random sequence.

Shows are Friday March, 31; Saturday, April, 1 and Sunday, April 2 at 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM. Tickets are $30/$25 for students and seniors and can be bought online at or at the door the day of the performance. NAMBA Performing Arts Space, 47 S Oak Street, Ventura, CA. (805) 746-5567.

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