DC’s finale Listen to Your Mother Show will take place on Sunday, May 7, 2:00-3:30 p.m. And starting today, we are officially scheduling auditions! You can find all details here:
First the logistics. Auditions will be held in Reston, VA and Washington, DC on two separate dates:
Appointments run from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods Plaza, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA 20191; 703-476-4500.
Appointments run from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the office of our amazing cause, My Sister’s Place, 1436 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009. (This is a private office so please do not call for directions or location information. E-mail all questions to email@example.com.)
To secure your spot, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred date and time of day. We will do our our best to accommodate your preferences, but will be operating on a “first come, first served” basis. Alternate dates/times will be offered as necessary. Once the spots are filled, we will begin a waiting list for cancelled appointment times. We will not be able to accommodate auditions that have not been previously scheduled.
Other important dates to keep in mind include:
The 2015 cast will be announced here!
A cast read through/rehearsal will be held 7:00-10:00 p.m. Please do not audition if you will not be available for the read through – it is a cast requirement.
April 17-May 5
The director will schedule one private rehearsal appointment with each cast member.
SHOW DAY! The show will take place at the Spectrum Theatre, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Cast will arrive by 12:00 p.m. for an on-stage run through.
If you have a motherhood story to tell and are available for the required rehearsals, then we’d love to see you at auditions!
Some advice on your audition…
Many people arrive telling us how nervous they feel. DON’T! Listen to Your Mother is about storytelling, and the stories that we feature each year are selected as the group that works best together as a cohesive show. Rest assured, YOUR story is perfect for Listen to Your Mother. So why would you feel nervous?
As for the types of stories we’re looking for…well, that’s for you to tell us. We have no idea what to expect for 2017 other than that 30-50 people will come in and blow us away with their talent and heart. We never go into auditions with specific subject matter or themes in mind.
That said, there are some practical parameters you should remember when writing or selecting your essay:
With only 90 minutes of stage time, we do have to limit the length of each reading. If one 12-minute story is featured, that leaves a lot less time for the others; so we are looking for essays that take approximately five minutes to read aloud. You will be amazed at how long it takes to read some of your favorite work. Try to make edits before you audition. As much as we may LOVE your 12-minute reading, we probably won’t have time to work with you on cutting it down to a manageable length.
Also – don’t waste time memorizing your essay. These are readings not monologues. As long as you are familiar enough with your material to look up from the page and engage with your audience, then you should be fine. We just want to feel like you are telling us a story as opposed to reading from a script.
But really, the most important thing to remember about your audition (because you can come in and read us a 12-minute essay and we’ll still LOVE it even if we can’t cast you) is that your reading MUST be about MOTHERHOOD. Your experience as a mother…your experience with your mother…your personal thoughts on being a mother or mother figure… Really anything goes as long as Motherhood is the star. You don’t have to be a mother (or even a woman) to be in this show, but you do have to tell us a motherhood story. And it does have to be your story. This show features only personal essays read by the author.
Still interested? We hope so! Once your appointment is scheduled, you will be e-mailed a brief form to fill out and bring to your audition. You must also bring THREE copies of the piece you will be reading. One for the producer, one for the director and one for your reading.
Want more advice? National Director, Ann Imig has some GREAT tips on preparing for auditions. Also, DC Director, Stephanie Stearns Dulli has answered the question: “what on earth would I write about?”
If you have any questions that have not been answered here, please don’t hesitate to ask! E-mail me (Kate) at email@example.com for information, advice and general hand-holding.
We can’t wait to listen to YOUR motherhood story!by