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CANCELED: Garbage Jam

Michael Amendola


Categories: Theater, Comedy & Improv, Music

Dates: September 9, 2023 - September 16, 2023

Run Time: 40 mins

Venue: Fidget Space


This show has been canceled.

Garbage Jam is a neurotic clown-fantasia about mental health. In this Beckettian devised junkyard – Joseph, a bruised ego, struggles to leave their invisible kitchen, an AI assistant dreams of being a singer and a garbage gremlin drums on buckets and licks trash. Despite their seemingly alien differences, the three find their realities metaphysically-linked through relics of Joseph’s past. Garbage Jam welcomes audiences to view themselves through a kaleidoscope covered in coffee grounds and ask – What is the potential of that which we choose to discard?

The majority of the set, props and costume pieces are found, borrowed and recycled. Garbage Jam was written and created by Michael Amendola and produced in collaboration with Graham Cook, Tyler Catanella and Aiden Ankli. Special thanks to the Pig Iron School faculty and students for their support.

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About the Artist

Michael "Dola" Amendola (he/him) is a Philadelphia & NYC-based performer, writer, and teacher with a clown ethos and a love for big choices. As a writer/deviser, he is interested in creating work that celebrates the absurdity of the human experience and reaching for what feels unreachable. Some current influences and delights include: Natalie Palamides, Trey Lyford, Geoff Sobelle, The Pixies, Sarah Ruhl and Shel Silverstein.

Michael performed Off-Broadway in the NYC production of Drunk Shakespeare for two-and-a-half years and 600 performances. He has performed at local and regional theaters in NYC, Austin, Philadelphia and Virginia and toured the US with the American Shakespeare Center.

Michael has a BFA in Acting from Texas State University. He has studied clown, bouffon and character work with Giovanni Fusetti, Aitor Basauri, Sophie Amieva, Eric Davis, Julia Proctor and Jon Davison. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Devised Performance at The Pig Iron School.


  • Michael AmendolaCreator/Performer
  • Aiden AnkliCollaborator/Performer
  • Tyler CatanellaCollaborator/Co-Sound Designer
  • Graham CookCollaborator/Co-Sound Designer

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