Listen To Your Mother: why you should. and why you should go.

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?

Not exactly.

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. 

LTYM-logo-300x262That 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.

screenshotAnd I am privileged beyond words to be a part of it.

My fellow cast member (and blogger) Kizz took this picture of me last night at rehearsal. It’s up on her blog today, with this caption:

“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.

LTYM-logo-300x262LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: NYC

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.

 

 

 

 

Digiprove sealCopyright secured by Digiprove © 2013

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Kizz May 1, 2013 at 7:31 pm

You and the rest of the LTYM team are making it look easy. Thank you!

Reply

Missy May 1, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Love this. Love LTYM. You – and my LTYM experience – inspire me to remember that this time, this motherhood, is rich. Exhausting, and consuming, but rich.

Reply

Amy Wilson May 7, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Thank you Missy. Blogging has brought me so many wonderful things- like knowing you.

Reply

Holly Rosen Fink May 1, 2013 at 9:14 pm

You always have a way with words. This show is a complete labor of love and the end result is beyond amazing.

Reply

Tara_pohlkottepress May 1, 2013 at 9:36 pm

can’t wait to see the NYC show via YouTube. The Milwaukee cast will be cheering you on!

Reply

amywlsn May 1, 2013 at 9:54 pm

thanks Tara!

Reply

Stephanie Precourt May 1, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Love this, Amy! Your LTYM show is one I hope to see someday. You and Ann are two of my favorite people, I’m a huge admirer. You’re made for this!

Steph

Reply

amywlsn May 1, 2013 at 9:54 pm

I’m so excited to be working with you on it Steph.

Reply

anymommy May 1, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Beautiful. I feel like Ann and I had the exact same conversation, only she’d already done 2010 in Madison and I made her have breakfast with my in NYC so I could BEG her to expand.

Reply

Ann Imig May 2, 2013 at 1:25 am

I’m nearly out of words–but never actually out of them. You played a huge part of putting this show on the map. I’m so honored to work with you and know you. SO SAD I can’t be at the NYC show this year.

Reply

Amy Wilson May 7, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Thanks Ann! Thank you for allowing me to be part of something that gives me such joy and fulfillment.

Reply

Kirsten Piccini May 2, 2013 at 6:11 pm

I loved this post…you were the best director/cheerleader/mentor I’d ever met. Being a part of YOUR CAST last year is a memory I’ll treasure forever.

Reply

Amy Wilson May 7, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Thank you Kirsten! You know exactly what I’m talking about!

Reply

Shelly May 7, 2013 at 4:55 am

Are all the mom’s bringing the kids along to see the show?

Reply

Amy Wilson May 7, 2013 at 3:31 pm

hi Shelly- no it’s definitely not a show for kids. “Potty humor and regret abounding,” as one of the cast members has put it. Maybe teenagers but not younger!

Reply

amywlsn May 7, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Not for kids! full of “potty humor and ambivalence,” as one mom in the cast put it. Teenagers maybe, but no one younger.

Reply

alexandra May 9, 2013 at 4:21 am

I love Listen To Your Mother, and while I am on this planet, I will always do anything I can to bring this show and opportunity for voices to be heard, to my town. THIS WAS AWESOME.

Reply

Leave a Comment

{ 2 trackbacks }