We’re Almost Ready

by Stephanie on April 18, 2014

“First rehearsal. This, more than any other part of bringing Listen To Your Mother to the stage, is when the show is given a breath of life.” LTYM: San Francisco

“One of our favorite things about the Listen To Your Mother project is the First Rehearsal. Not only do we get to hear the stories again, together, but the cast finally gets to meet each other and hear the stories too.” – LTYM: Boulder

“There is something so Kumbaya-like about the first meeting of everyone, and especially the introductions. As we go around the table to explain how we got to this very seat at this very table there is already a lot of nodding “Me too!” and “Thank you for saying that…”  LTYM: Madison

“We ask a lot of our cast on this day. We ask them to trust us as they introduce themselves, and read their words aloud to one another. They are anxious but brave. Some words are funny, some are painful. But these words are important and poignant. And they must be heard.” LTYM: Sacramento

“We don’t have to know people to feel what they’re telling us. Our lives don’t have to be similar for us to understand someone’s pain or to celebrate their joy.” LTYM: Milwaukee

“We laughed, we cried, we laughed a LOT, we cried a bit more…” LTYM: Nashville

“There were tears, laughter, hugs, true connection, and mostly compassion. Compassion for one another.” LTYM: Metro Detroit

“We are all different women, daughters, and maybe mothers. Some of us have written for years, and some of us just wrote for this possibility. But none of that matters when our stories intersect as they come from our hearts.” LTYM: Twin Cities

“The whole rehearsal felt like a warm and welcoming embrace.” LTYM: Portland

“We laughed, cried, and nodded. We leaned in and hugged each other, brought closer by story and the beauty and beast that is motherhood.” LTYM: Indianapolis

“….strangers became kindred spirits.” LTYM: Charleston

“Share a few bits of your heart and miracles can happen. It’s probably a good lesson to remember in our everyday lives: Be a little more open with your heart, and people may surprise you.” – LTYM: Chicago

“I have many many things that I’ve jumped into and thought…holy crap what have I done. Jumping on this thing that is Listen To Your Mother? Never ever ever ever a second thought or a regret.” – Misti Pryor, LTYM: Oklahoma City Director/Producer


Go to the show! Find an LTYM Show near you. Listen to more stories giving motherhood a microphone at the Listen To Your Mother show YouTube channel.

kim April 18, 2014 at 11:20 am

This is so amazing, seeing all this pulled together in one spot. The energy of first rehearsals is like nothing else. wheeee!

Alexandra April 18, 2014 at 12:18 pm

BEAUTIFUL, Stephanie. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Elaine A. April 18, 2014 at 1:48 pm

I love this. Such a connection between us all that Ann has breathed life into. I just cannot say enough good things about being involved myself… :)

Misti Ridiculous April 19, 2014 at 7:28 am

What a humbling and proud thing, to see OKC up there with all of this amazing talent!

Jessica April 21, 2014 at 4:55 am

Love, love, love seeing all of this in one space. Such an amazing thing to be part of.

Pam April 21, 2014 at 8:40 pm

This is what I love about LTYM!

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