I’m having trouble sleeping for the butterflies in my stomach, so it must be late April! And why yes, it is: the Listen to Your Mother NYC countdown has begun.
This year, 32 cities from coast to coast will present their own LTYM shows between now and Mother’s Day: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Boulder, Charleston,Chicago, DC, Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Little Rock, Madison, Metro Detroit, Milwaukee,Nashville, North Jersey, Northern Utah, NW Indiana, NYC, Oklahoma City, Plumas County, Portland,Providence, Raleigh Durham, Sacramento, San Francisco, Southeast Texas, Spokane, St. Louis, The OC, and Twin Cities.
This is my third year directing the NYC show, and the contact high that I get from being around all these incredible storytellers– from auditions to the day of the show– keep me going all year.
LTYM NYC’s 2014 cast features men and women, new moms and empty-nesters, parents and non-parents, from Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and beyond, telling stories that are heartbreaking, hilarious, and everything in between.
I know the power that these stories can hold, both for those in the audience and those on stage. I’ve seen LTYM catapult those who take part into new jobs, new friendships, new companies, and new frontiers. Hell, it’s done all of those things just for me.
This year our New York City show serves as a benefit for the Women’s Prison Association, which works with women at all stages of criminal justice involvement to help them realize new possibilities for themselves and for their families. How did we find WPA? Through LTYM, where all roads lead– our 2012 LTYM NYC alum Alysia Reiner became deeply involved with the WPA after she hit it big on Orange is the New Black.
So if you’re in the NYC area, I hope you’ll buy a ticket and join us at Listen To Your Mother: NYC on Sunday, May 4th at 5:00 p.m. at Symphony Space on the Upper West Side. I can promise you a very meaningful ninety minutes– the perfect gift for the moms in your life, or just for yourself. That’s Mother’s Day, for real.