Our cast members are complex, intelligent, and witty people. You simply have to hear them to believe us. We asked 4 questions to give you a feel for the innermost workings of their minds, and the variety of answers has been one of the highlights of this year’s process. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
1. If you could meet any person in history (living or dead, real or fictional) who would it be and why?
Whoever invented strapless bras, because I would like to register a complaint.
2. Have you ever been on stage before? How do you feel about going on stage for the LTYM show, knowing you’re also reading your own words?
I have been on stage many times, but this is very different. I feel exposed, liberated, and empowered reading my own words. This is the first time I will ever get to hear an audience response to my reading something personal. There’s something about that instant feedback — that warm, immediate loop connecting writer and reader – that’s thrilling.
3. Unrelated to your essay, do you have a motherhood story to share?
- The words “Don’t end your song by hitting me on the butt with a spoon” have come out of my mouth.
- When my kids stuck pieces of hot dog in their ears, I just decided to call it “Oscar Mayer Earbuds” and muttered under my breath without worrying they could hear me. This is called “reframing.” You’re welcome.
- Scene: Bedtime for two toddlers. A father is reading a bedtime story or three. For his amusement and that of his wife and two toddlers, he changes up words, storylines, plots, characters, or entire subtexts.
Dad: (Riffing on “Sesame Street Presents: Big and Little”) Snuffleuppagusses have big furry tails. Prairie Dawn has a little bitty fuzzy tail.Two toddler boys (laughing uproariously): No! Prairie Dawn no have tail.Dad: That’s right!Boy #2: Prairie Dawn has a tushie.Dad: Yes. She has a little tushie.Boy #1: (looking at his mother) Mommy has a big tushie.
(Lights down on toddlers laughing uproariously, Dad trying hard not to laugh, and Mom wondering where it all went so wrong, so quickly.)Fin
4. If you could relive one day over again, what would you choose and why?
I would relive the day I first laid eyes on my husband. Everything he is was so evident on that day, and it was a day that held the promise of a lifetime of laughter and partnership.