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Meet The Cast: Renee A. Yawn

by jana on March 27, 2015

We are thrilled to introduce you to our 2015 Listen To Your Mother: Atlanta cast. We have put together a wonderful group of women writers and storytellers for our show. Please make plans to join us on April 25 at 7pm at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta.

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Renee is a transplant from Warren, MI just north of Detroit. Shortly after she graduated high school, her father moved to Georgia to marry a long time female friend, and Renee followed. It was there that she met her husband of nearly 25 years. They have raised two children, Jessica 23 and Sabastion 21, and are enjoying their empty nest. Renee has cultivated her love of performing as both a Jazzercise instructor and a member of her local community theatre. Renee thanks the producers/directors of “Listen to Your Mother”, her fellow cast mates, and her wonderfully supportive family and friends.

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Tell us a little about yourself. 

I’m the mother of two children, Jessica 23 and Sabastion 21. I teach Jazzercise (I opened my own classes in 1998!) and am very active in my community theatre. I prefer to be on stage, but not every show has a role for a chubby 40-ish blonde! I never considered myself a “writer” but if you’re casting me in the role, I will do my best! I have a lot of stories to tell, but I think the one that will always come to the forefront is that my child is transgender. Assigned female at birth, my son came to the realization that he was *trans when he was 18. It was a tough time, but we are all finding our own way of accepting it.

What is your favorite piece of writing you’ve ever hit publish on?

Well that would HAVE to be my essay for “Listen to Your Mother”!

As a child, did you listen to your mother? When did you start realizing she may actually know what she’s talking about?

Having lost my mother when I was age 14, this is a tough one. You don’t know what I’d give to be able to go back and ask her all the questions I’ve ever had in my life, “What was it like to be pregnant?”; “Did you have depression after?”; “What were your dreams and aspirations?”; “How did you just ‘know’?”.

Listen to your mother, you will never get the opportunity once she’s left you!

What are some things you hope your child takes from you, whether you think he’s listening or not?

Love yourself, don’t let anybody tell you that you’re not ____ enough.

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Meet The Cast: Krystyn Hall

by jana on March 25, 2015

We are thrilled to introduce you to our 2015 Listen To Your Mother: Atlanta cast. We have put together a wonderful group of women writers and storytellers for our show. Please make plans to join us on April 25 at 7pm at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta.

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Krystyn is a sarcasm-loving, straight-shooting, jeans and t-shirts wearing, wife (to her high school sweetheart) and mom of four girls (ages 8, 6, 3 and 1). Yes, all girls. She grew up in Texas, but now calls Georgia home, much to the chagrin of her Texas-residing family. She doesn’t own a horse, in case you were wondering. Once a PhD graduate student, then a high school chemistry teacher, she’s now turned to writing, designing and mom-ing full-time. Sleep is completely overrated.

Krystyn writes at Really, Are You Serious?

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Tell us a little about yourself. 

Sheesh…you want more?

What else is there?

What is your favorite piece of writing you’ve ever hit publish on?

So, this isn’t the place to put a link to my scientific journal publications, right? Because LC/MS/MS and UV-Vis aren’t really favorites to most people, right?

This is probably my favorite: 7 Things You Should Never Say to a Mom of a Redhead. And yet, I still toned down what I really wanted to say. A. LOT!

As a child, did you listen to your mother? When did you start realizing she may actually know what she’s talking about?

Young child, yes?

Young adult, probably not. But, I was pretty much a rule follower and total prude, so I would stretch the rules, but that’s about it.

Some stuff she does know about, and I probably realized it after I had kids!

Do you listen to your mother now?

I pick and choose. Sometimes she has crazy stuff to say! Sometimes it’s good. Sometimes I call and tell her something letting her know I don’t want advice and just support.

What are some things you hope your child takes from you, whether you think he’s listening or not?

Listen to your mother!
Love honestly.
Treat others like you wish to be treated.
Always know you can talk to your parents.
Mistakes are okay, they are for learning.

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Meet The Cast: Rachel Macy Stafford

March 23, 2015

We are thrilled to introduce you to our 2015 Listen To Your Mother: Atlanta cast. We have put together a wonderful group of women writers and storytellers for our show. Please make plans to join us on April 25 at 7pm at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta. ********************** Rachel Macy Stafford is a New York Times bestselling author and a certified special education teacher with a Master’s Degree in education. In 2010, this life-long writer felt compelled to share her journey to let go of distraction and grasp what really matters by creating what became the tremendously popular blog “Hands Free Mama.” Using her skills as a writer, teacher, and encourager, Rachel provides readers with simple strategies to overcome distraction to live better and love more. Rachel enjoys being outdoors, baking, and helping people in need with her husband and two daughters who inspire her daily. Tell us a little about […]

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Meet The Cast: Julia Roberts

March 20, 2015

We are thrilled to introduce you to our 2015 Listen To Your Mother: Atlanta cast. We have put together a wonderful group of women writers and storytellers for our show. Please make plans to join us on April 25 at 7pm at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta. ********************** Julia Roberts – yeah, not that one – is raising two teenagers to be their own advocates as they navigate the medical and educational community. She owns an advertising agency, is a writer, a community builder and Diet Coke addict and thinks her life is funny and laughs at her kids a lot (Grandpa finds this especially annoying). In 2010 she co-founded SupportforSpecialNeeds.com and volunteers her time to non-profits that benefit children. She lives in Atlanta with her husband Julian, and yes, between his name and their last name Roberts, they think it’s a bit much, too. Tell us a little about yourself.  […]

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Meet The Cast: Erin Robinson Hall

March 18, 2015

We are thrilled to introduce you to our 2015 Listen To Your Mother: Atlanta cast. We have put together a wonderful group of women writers and storytellers for our show. Please make plans to join us on April 25 at 7pm at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta. ********************** Erin is a teacher, ordained minister, writer, mom, wife, bossy sister and beloved daughter. A daydreamer disguised as a detailed organizer. She is the mom to a busy toddler and wife to one amazing husband, who happens to be a Baptist pastor.  She is a strong believer that a little dancing in the kitchen can change the world, so Beyonce and Michael Jackson, among others, are regulars in her home. She has very little interest in sports, gossip, reality television or mean people, but loves to talk about big picture, God-winks-in-the-world kind of things. Erin writes at ErinRobinsonHall.com. Tell us a little about […]

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