Amanda is best known for her role as “The Carrot” in the Summit Lane Elementary School fifth grade production of the play Eat Your Oats. In more recent years, she has been spending her time as a Creative Writing and Psychology double major at Susquehanna University. Her chapbook of poetry, Breaking the Shell, won the 2006 Chartruse Press chapbook contest and her nonfiction has appeared in Essay magazine, a publication for which she served as co-editor for the Spring 2010 issue. Though she no longer aspires to depict vegetables on stage, she has appeared in a few productions, such as Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” and “The Good Body.” While not at Susquehanna, she makes random visits back to her hometown of Levittown,NY, where she pretends that she actually grew up in New York City. After graduation, she hopes to return to New York and be gainfully employed in something that neither of her majors have prepared her much for, event planning.
Amy Poehler: Can I ask you how you feel about this term “cougar”? I hate that fucking word.
Rachel Dratch: Me, too! Since the dawn of moving-making, there have been so many scenarios where an older guy is with a younger woman and we don’t bat an eye. But if it’s reversed and a 40-year-old woman is with a 35-year-old guy, she’s called a “cougar.”
Poehler: I know … there are these derogatory boxes that people have invented that they have to put themselves in. And why isn’t there a word for the inappropriate older guy with the younger girl? What is the exact word for that?
Dratch: I don’t know … Gray Balls?
Poehler: Old Gray Balls! Oh he’s a real Gray Balls! (laugh) Maybe we should make it Clark Gray-Balls. There is just something about a 20-year-old calling someone a cougar that makes me want to punch them in the mouth.