Chicago Folks, Start Your Engines!

by Melisa on December 14, 2015

Photo credit: Balee Images

Photo credit: Balee Images

We know, we know…you’re crazed right now. It’s December, after all!

Could we please add one more thing to your list? WRITE!

We will be accepting submissions to consider for our FIFTH ANNUAL Chicago show—which will be held on Sunday May 1, 2016 at the Athenaeum Theatre—starting the week of January 18th. We wanted to give you some time to get your true stories of motherhood on paper or into the computer! Let’s get writing (or editing), shall we?

Are you sitting there thinking you could never write your story because you’re not a writer, or thinking you could never get up on a stage and tell your story because you’re not a professional speaker? Are you thinking you or your story isn’t good enough? Stop it. We’re here to tell you otherwise.

This is not a show for professional speakers/writers (though we welcome all levels of experience). LTYM is about Motherhood and Motherhood is for EVERYONE. Your voice and story may be the one that reshapes someone’s perspective of life when our 2016 show hits the stage (and then is added to the LTYM YouTube channel). Your story is unique. Your story is needed. Your voice IS worthy and your words ARE good enough.

Here’s what we’re looking for in Chicago:

1. IMPORTANT: Each piece must fall between 3-5 minutes when read aloud. This is approximately 2 pages, but will vary widely depending on content and speaking style. PLEASE PRACTICE BEFORE SUBMITTING and edit appropriately to achieve the desired time.

2. The theme of your piece must fall within the topic of “motherhood.” Any true story about any aspect of motherhood is great!

3. We always look for a diverse mix of stories. In addition, we look for funny essays, sad essays, and everything in between. You don’t have to be a mom to be in a LTYM show. You don’t even have to be a woman! We welcome all stories of motherhood from all people.

4. You must be the author and owner of all rights to your piece. (Totally fine if it’s been previously published as long as you retain the rights.)

5. You must be available for the following dates/times:
Auditions: Feb 27th or 28th (various audition time slots available)
Rehearsal: March 19th, 12-3 pm
Rehearsal: April 17th, 2-5 pm
Show Date: May 1st, 11-7 (approximately)

We hope your wheels are turning! If you have any Chicagoland-based friends and family, please share this with them, too! The Windy City brings it every year and we couldn’t be more excited about our fifth season; let’s see what you’ve got, Chicago! Keep checking back here for our charity partner announcement, sponsor news, and of course, submission details! Let’s go!

Please note that all cities have their own guidelines and if you’re interested in any other show you should check their local website for details, which will be updated according to their own schedules!

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