This time last year, Stephanie and I were simultaneously congratulating ourselves on being one of the 10 cities selected to produce a Listen to Your Mother show and feeling completely overwhelmed by the idea of “actually doing it.”
Those early insecurities about the HOW of it all quickly disappeared though, as we signed a theater contract establishing WHEN and WHERE. And if there were any lingering doubts about our ability to pull this thing together? They were completely decimated by the incredible effect of WHO at auditions. Every single reading was a reminder of why we sent in our application to bring LTYM to DC.
It was always about the stories and the amazing people who want to tell them. Seeing their faces as they read to us made it all clear… “We” weren’t doing this show. “WE” were. Not just a director and producer, but a whole community. Seriously – how could we not feel complete confidence in that?!
On May 6, 2012, we (WE) did it. And it was even better than we could ever have imagined. So of course we’re doing it again!
While a firm date hasn’t been set, we should have that soon. The show will take place in late April or early May and all announcements about it will be made here. So bookmark this page or add it to your feed reader.
Auditions will take place in February so now is a good time to start thinking about what you would like to read. It can be something new or something you wrote ages ago. The only requirements are that it explores a facet of motherhood, takes about 3-5 minutes to read aloud and doesn’t exceed the limits of “PG-13″ subject matter and language.
You DO NOT have to be a mother (or a woman) to be in the show. Anyone can tell a story about motherhood, and we are looking for as much diversity in our cast as possible. If you feel you have a particularly unique story or perspective and are unsure of whether it would work, just e-mail us at email@example.com. We’re happy to answer any and all questions!
You also do not have to be a professional writer to be cast. Nor do you have to have a website or blog. While we do love great writing, we are more interested in storytelling. Tell us a story from your heart. Make us laugh, cry, think… Tell us WHO you are. Because YOU are what Listen to Your Mother is all about.
Stay tuned for more…