2015 is a Wrap

by KeAnne on May 19, 2015

2015 Cast

Our two shows were fantastic, our sold-out crowds responding enthusiastically to the pieces presented.  BookHarvest received many new books for its needs. We saw old friends and met new ones.  It was wonderful. And now our Listen to Your Mother: Raleigh-Durham season is over for another year.

I’m always surprised by how quickly the time goes.  I swear it seems like yesterday we were holding auditions and welcoming 11 nervous women to our first read-through. And now it has been almost 2 weeks since our shows were held.

It took me that long to process the season, the shows, and our wonderful cast.  I don’t know what alchemy it is, but we enter this process as strangers and leave as friends, in some cases sisters.

I told Marty that the always bittersweet end of the LTYM season reminds me of the ending of Ocean’s Eleven: they’ve formed, stormed, normed and then performed and then after it’s all over, they just drift away to do their own things, to rejoin their former lives. Marty, of course, had never seen that movie, so the analogy was lost. And it isn’t exactly apt since they were criminals, but you get the point.

While I indulged my maudlin feelings about the end of the season, I had to acknowledge that it isn’t over. These women have formed bonds and just yesterday they met to work on Blogging 101 together.  One cast member is planning a potluck dinner for us in a few weeks, and there is talk of a monthly writing group.  Last year’s cast did just that and have become even closer as they meet every month to share writing and the highs and lows of their lives.

Don’t let anyone tell you that the power of telling your story can’t change your life.  It can. I’ve witnessed it every year for three years.


Huge thank yous to returning local sponsors Jess Rotenberg Photography and Myriad Media for making us look good both in print and on film and to Dana Hughens and Clairemont Communications for being a long-time supporter of Listen to Your Mother both as a local sponsor, a cast member and for hosting a rocking cast party.

See  you in 2016.

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Show Time!

by KeAnne on May 7, 2015

As unbelievable as it is to all of us, our first show is tonight!  Last night we had our tech rehearsal. It suddenly feels real when we are sitting on stage, facing the audience, fumbling with the microphone and trying not to knock over the music stand.

Everyone brought their A-game, and I am so excited for our audience to be able to hear these stories tonight and tomorrow.

Break a leg, ladies!

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