on dreaming big

The play I’ve been developing with my best friend for the last three years, The Best of Everything, opened this week. And something amazing happened.

We got a rave in The New York Times.

photo: Sara Krulwich, New York Times

 

That’s me in the blue dress. Kind of bad-ass, don’t you think? (If you overlook the static cling.)

The review was written by Ben Brantley, widely regarded as the most powerful reviewer on the planet. On his word alone, a show can run for years or close in a week. For better or for worse, that’s how the theater world works.

How it doesn’t work: that said most powerful reviewer would ever choose to review a small little show like ours. But he came. And he liked it. And he chose to endorse our show.

Things are happening really quickly now. Our little show has become one of the hottest tickets in town. (We just added two performances, by the way, so if you tried to get tickets– and couldn’t– there are now more available.)

After next weekend, who knows? The theater is booked so we have to leave. We’re working hard to get the show a future life. We’re also trying to stop and take in where it is– already beyond our wildest dreams– and to be very grateful.

Blogger Ann Imig (who created Listen to Your Mother) is celebrating her fourth “blogiversary” today. Her words and her creative spirit have given her a new career that she couldn’t have imagined.  But this past weekend at the fab-and-tiny Creative Alliance ’12 conference, she had a major aha! moment. Here’s Ann, writing to herself…

You’ve found such contentment in this phase of your life four years later, that even though you no longer have to wear 30 pounds of kids on your person at all times, you went and replaced it with a boulder named All Down Hill From Here. Sheila made you realize you’re more than one big idea and listening to her flipped on your DREAM BIG switch again.

YES. Yes, don’t all of us (particularly mothers of the beyond-preschool set) carry around that boulder? It’s all downhill from here. For me, it was telling myself I couldn’t kickstart the acting career I back-burnered a decade ago– and that if I did, it meant the last several years that I’ve spent writing and blogging and creating that part of myself will have been wasted.

But I can do both. I’m more than one big idea.

No way it’s downhill from here.

Speaking of dreaming big- Listen To Your Mother is currently accepting applications for new cities for 2013 shows. This was Ann’s dream, and in three years it went from one city to ten. If you’ve ever watched the incredible video channel and thought “God! I wish they’d do this in my town”… well, you may just have had your next big idea.  

 

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Ann Imig October 12, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Whoa, this really puts it into perspective. I knew it was HUGE that you got the rave (make that ANY review) from the NYT, but I didn’t realize it was needle-in-a-haystack huge. Amy you might be my new Sheila!

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Amy Wilson October 16, 2012 at 4:47 am

You are my Sheila.

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OHmommy October 13, 2012 at 2:53 am

Brava, Amy! This is SO awesome.

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Amy Wilson October 16, 2012 at 4:47 am

thanks Pauline!

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Elaine A. October 13, 2012 at 3:39 am

Wow, congratulations Amy!! I love that you are dreaming big. And doing what you love.

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Amy Wilson October 16, 2012 at 4:46 am

Thanks Elaine! it is a privilege to do this show every night (and to share a little bit of it with my online world)

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Stephanie Precourt October 13, 2012 at 5:59 pm

You have me in tears, I am just so happy for you, and for all the possibilities. Awesome.

Steph

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Amy Wilson October 16, 2012 at 4:45 am

Thanks Steph!

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mommyonthespot October 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Congratulations! This is awesome!

My youngest has just started nursery school, so I am still building my platform from which to jump to the next step once he’s in Kindergarten. I am very inspired by your amazing accomplishments!

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Amy Wilson October 16, 2012 at 4:45 am

Thanks Erin!

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Leigh Ann October 14, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Congratulations! Yours and Ann’s posts are very inspiring to me as I see kinder on the horizon next year and wonder what I’m supposed to do once my kids go to school. I love this line: “I’m more than just one big idea.” Love it.

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Amy Wilson October 16, 2012 at 4:45 am

I love it too. The whole world is open to us, we’re not on the downhill to dotage. Dream big.

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Sarah @ Powers of Mine October 15, 2012 at 3:06 pm

This is so exciting, Amy. Congrats! Can’t wait to see what you do from here…

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Amy Wilson October 16, 2012 at 4:45 am

thanks Sarah!

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alexandra October 15, 2012 at 3:13 pm

WOW. What else can I saw but WOW. I know: how I wish I could see this show. Congratulations and I can’t imagine the thrill.

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Amy Wilson October 16, 2012 at 4:45 am

thanks Empress. Wish you could see it too. Maybe you will someday.

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sharisim October 15, 2012 at 4:43 pm

So thrilled for you, Amy! I did get to see the show and it was wonderful, and wonderfully conceived. I love that you dreamed big and that dream came through–big. xxoo

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Amy Wilson October 16, 2012 at 4:44 am

thanks Shari. Thanks for supporting the show.

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Meagan Francis October 15, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Amy, this is incredible. I am so so so excited for you. WOW!!!

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Amy Wilson October 16, 2012 at 4:44 am

thanks Meagan!

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The Tired Mother October 15, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Skiers, mountain bikers, and snowboarders would tell you that all the fun is in the downhill.
Congratulations on your acheivement!

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Amy Wilson October 16, 2012 at 4:44 am

true! Well if it is downhill from here I pledge that I will enjoy the ride.

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