One of the first in-real-life friends I made through blogging was Ann Imig of Ann’s Rants. (She’s hilarious and you should be reading her if you don’t already.) She is also brilliant, and two years ago, when she launched Listen To Your Mother, I was left in awe of what a wonderful idea it was.
Listen to Your Mother is a national series of live readings by local writers in honor of Mother’s Day. Each show is directed, produced, and cast locally. It’s “giving Mother’s Day a microphone,” and in its third year, LTYM has become something of a national phenomenon. It features some of the best “mom bloggers” out there, but is by no means limited to that talent pool, or that audience.
Listen to Your Mother is going to be in ten cities nationwide this May: Chicago, San Francisco, Austin, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Austin, NW Indiana, NW Arkansas, Madison, and Spokane.
Oh yeah– I forgot one: Listen to Your Mother NYC!
You heard right. LTYM is coming to the Big Apple this Mother’s Day, and I’m thrilled to say that I’m the director, working with producers Varda Steinhardt (@squashedmom), Holly Rosen Fink (@theculturemom), and Julie Nemitz (@stage_mama). Our audition announcement is coming soon, but I am so excited about this project that I wanted to get the word out right away.
If you live in the New York City area, or in any of the cities where Listen to Your Mother is happening this spring, I hope you’ll consider auditioning. The show features people reading their own writings about motherhood. You don’t have to be a mom, or a professional actor, or a professional writer. No previous experience is necessary but an experience of motherhood– the beauty, the beast, and the barely-rested– that you’ve written about. (Something that would take about five minutes to read.) If you enjoy reading blogs like this one, you know exactly what we will be looking for.
I hope to see some of you at auditions, or at the show on May 6th! Stay tuned for details.