The stage production of Blue Rooms is a spoken word play that explores the intersection of poetry and theater. It is the first production of its kind. All of the costuming for the production has been hand designed and crafted by Amanda, making each piece reflective of the poems they represent. Through interpretive fashion and movement, Blue Rooms tells the story of a young woman as she explores her lineage and heritage, experiences heartbreak and loss, and embarks on a journey to re-invent and empower herself.
BLUE ROOMS is an interrogation of the past, an elegy to things lost and left behind. Amanda Filippelli explores how young women are shaped by both their lineage and the cultural permissions we give to men. Cracking open all of the dark spaces families often hide away, Amanda lets pain, loss, judgment, and resentment come to the surface to be dissected and dismissed. Blue Rooms is a woman's reflective journey of discovery, growth and empowerment, raising questions of self, identity, and agency throughout.
"There’s a lyricism and a music about her words that makes them hurt as much as they sing, making this collection an empowering and harrowing look at love, trauma, family, and survival. This book of free verse poetry, full of powerful imagery and a palpable feeling of honesty and vulnerability, contains exactly the kind of unapologetic healing we all need to be reminded is possible.
In her last poem, Filippelli bravely writes, 'So it all stops here for you, but I go on...'
And so she does. And so she will. "
“Haunting, ethereal, and untamed. Blue Rooms illuminates the spaces between now and eternity, between the world we can see and the world behind it. Amanda wrestles with the boundless and the infinite and a woman’s intimate hungers in the shadows of mortality.”
-Marissa LaRocca, author of Starving In Search of Me
AMANDA FILIPPELLI is an internationally recognized editor, writer, and book coach. She started her career as an associate editor for the Oyez Review in Chicago, and has studied under a number of industry titans, including Stuart Dybek and Melissa Pritchard. An award-winning writer herself, Amanda has done it all from freelance to copyediting to content editing to ghostwriting and book coaching, and as Editor-in-Chief for One Idea Press, she helps authors realize their true voice. Amanda is also the host of Write to Heal workshops, where she helps people connect and heal through the power of storytelling. Before becoming a professional writer, Amanda worked in the mental healthcare system for ten years, teaching adolescent survivors of trauma how to take control of their narrative. Amanda continues this work through her writing, workshops, and as a publisher. In her spare time, you can find Amanda orating book clubs, hosting writer’s workshops and conferences, bird watching, and eating avocados.