Three years ago, I went to my very first blogging conference- Blissdom. If you read the “Mommy Business Trip” story in the Wall Street Journal last week, you might think that blogging conferences are about staying in your hotel room and eating everything in the minibar, then hitting happy hour and on to oblivion. Cause all us “mommy bloggers” are so silly, right?
At my first night at that first blogging conference, I met fellow blogger Ann Imig. “I have this idea,” she said.
My first reaction: That is the best idea I have ever heard.
My second reaction: Why couldn’t I have thought of that?
My third reaction: Okay, I didn’t think of it… but come hell or high water, I *will* be part of it.
That idea was Listen to Your Mother, a reading series in celebration of Mother’s Day that Ann brought to one city (Madison,WI) in 2010, and which will play in 24 cities this year. That’s right, twenty-four cities! Washington, DC kicked things off this past weekend. Here’s this weekend’s schedule (click for show and ticket info):
Indianapolis May 2, 2013 at Indiana Historical Society
Providence May 4, 2013 at Providence Public Library Auditorium
Chicago May 5, 2013 at Athenaeum Theatre
Milwaukee May 5, 2013, Wehr Hall at Alverno College
Oklahoma City May 5, 2013 at Will Rogers Theatre
And on Mother’s Day itself- May 12, 2013- New York will present its second annual Listen to Your Mother show, directed by? Me.
Our cast is amazing. Our cast tells stories of motherhood that are hilarious and heartbreaking and everything in between. Our cast hails from Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts (yes, we have a cast member commuting FOUR HOURS to be in this show). Our cast is mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and a son. Our cast has published authors and “you look familiar” actors and stand-up comedians, but also people who have never done anything like this before.
And I am privileged beyond words to be a part of it.
“It’s a rare talent to honestly enjoy watching a show you’re directing instead of listening to your mind racing around all the things you still have to do. Fortunately, Amy has that talent.”
The thing is, I DON’T. I do not have the talent of enjoying the moment. And we have tons to do before our show day. But when I sit and listen to these incredible stories, nothing else matters.
When I had two children in two years, I mourned the certain death of my professionally creative self. I had taken the exit ramp from my acting career, and I was sure I’d never get it back.
“Your work is not over,” my husband told me then. “Your work might have to be different now. But I know that your best work is still ahead of you.”
He was right. (FOR ONCE.) He was right.
Sunday, May 12th (Mother’s Day) at 5 pm
Symphony Space, 95th and Broadway
tickets $25 and available here ($30 at the door)
“It changes the way you look at people for a while. When you look at people as if everyone has a story, you will walk away forever changed.”- Ann Imig
Thank you, Ann.