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Naive

by chelleymartinka on March 1, 2015

We were all naive.

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It’s not that we didn’t know about Listen to Your Mother… we’ve all been in recent casts and loved every moment, but the tears, the joy, the ups and downs of an unscripted show is the best way to describe auditions. And we didn’t know that.

As we sat, we listened to stories unfolding before us, some with a lifetime of ache, a year of bliss, a fresh wound, or a new perspective. Lives unraveled and found again spilled out of mouths and into our ears. Stories some women and men had never told before. Of motherhood. Even without an actual microphone, there was a voice. A stand. And we each saw ourselves, heard parts of our lives reflected back to us through these brave audition-ers who stood before us for these past two weekends.

And then it began. Our show suddenly seemed to be appearing, as if by force.

We’d heard from past producers and directors that, as auditions happen, your show presents itself to you. That not all of the “best” stories will make it, and not every story has to make you laugh or cry. We were skeptical, but at 1pm on Saturday, there was a pile of papers and a pretty clear quilt of stories sewn together by our New England community.

As we collaborate and prepare to send out both congratulations and sorrowful regrets, we want to give a heartfelt thanks to everyone who came out- who braved the roads and their hearts, to share such passion, beauty and all of themselves with us. Your story is there and there are many quilts to be patched together in the future. As we embrace our members for the 2015 Listen to Your Mother Providence cast, we also learn what it means to create direction, cultivate art, and embark upon the unknown.

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Thank you.

Lauren, Kirsten, Bri and Chelley

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Auditions… day one.

by chelleymartinka on February 22, 2015

Where does one begin after today?

When the building was cleared, we sat and talked. At first, we just wanted to come down from it all, and we began sharing birth stories, toddler woes, special needs, unexpected pregnancies. We noshed on fun-sized chocolate bars and the same hard candies our grandmothers had hidden away in their over-sized bags when we were just kids.

And then we looked at each other. We exploded with excitement, each digging deep, wondering how we would make any decisions. We’ve all auditioned before and been in a show. One of us was rejected the first year. Most of us have submitted writings, stories- and been given denial letters. We’ve all flunked a test, an interview, been dumped a time or two. But motherhood. Whatever that means. We all come together.

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Day one was amazing. Our hearts were tugged, our minds were whirled, and we learned that motherhood takes a lot to be a part of- to be a daughter, a sister, a mother, a friend, a woman. It takes a lot.

Come give motherhood a microphone next week at our last audition and tell your story. Your platform awaits you.

 

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~Lauren, Kirsten, Brianne and Chelley (and future LTYM producer, Camille)

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Sunday!

February 17, 2015

Hello Rhode Island! Just wanted to urge you to keep writing!!! This Sunday (the 22nd) our first round of auditions are taking place at The Hive in North Kingstown, from 1 to 4pm. Please click the button below to give your version of motherhood a microphone! We are excited to hear all speakers and poets! ~ Kirsten, Lauren, Brianne and Chelley by

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Speak up!

February 12, 2015

Thank you Christy Nadalin for this beautiful piece: Go ahead and talk, mom; we’re (actually) listening. Since the dawn of time, mothers have been talking, and sometimes — often, even — nobody seems to be listening. Not that that stops them. For one, they have a lot to talk about. Raising children is an emotionally charged experience loaded with high highs, low lows, and everything in between. As with any all-consuming vocation, perceived successes or failures are firmly tied to a parent’s sense of self worth. Several years ago, blogger and “stay at home humorist” Ann Imig noted the pervasiveness of motherhood stories in her online communities. A former actress who also has a master’s degree in social work, Imig recognized that giving local writers a chance to share their stories aloud on stage before a live audience could become a powerful new way to celebrate motherhood and the million different things it […]

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GET YOUR PIECES READY!!!!

February 9, 2015

We are so very excited to announce our auditions for Listen to Your Mother Providence 2015: On Sunday, February 22 from 1-4 p.m. in North Kingstown and Saturday, February 28 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Providence Each audition spot is 10 minutes long, so you can share your story with us and still have plenty of time to take care of everything else on your to-do list. Use the button below to check availability, and sign up for your audition spot today! Some guidelines to remember: Your piece needs to be about motherhood… but this is not about your writing skill. We just want to hear your story. You don’t have to be a public speaker, author, blogger, writer, or even a mother. You just have to have a story. Your piece should be able to be read in about 5 minutes, and if you’re more of a poet, bring a few pieces […]

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