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Our 2015 Local Cause: Book Harvest!

by KeAnne on January 26, 2015

Books are near and dear to my heart; growing up in a rural area as an only child, it was almost impossible to find me without a book in my hand, and I’ve found a lot of pleasure in building my son’s library. Books are fundamental, and it is tragic that so many children do not have access to them. That’s why Marty and I are proud to announce Book Harvest as our local cause for 2015.

Book Harvest logo

Founded in Chapel Hill in 2011, Book Harvest works to provide a book-rich home environment for Triangle children in need. A nonprofit organization, Book Harvest partners with citizens and community groups to collect new and gently used children’s books and to place those books in the hands and homes of children who need them.

Book Harvest believes that books are a vital tool to help all children succeed in school and in life. As a result, these children are able to start school ready to learn and to stay on track academically once they are in school.

Since its founding in 2011, Book Harvest has collected and distributed more than 240,000 donated books to low-income children throughout the Triangle.

Book Harvest provides books through three different programs:

  • Community Book Bank: “free book” shelves at sites which serve low-income children. Volunteers restock the shelves each week and signs encourage children to take books home
  • Books on Break: 10 books each provided over the summer to elementary-aged children on free and reduced lunch in schools in Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro
  • Book Babies:provides babies from low-income families with new, age-appropriate books from birth through kindergarten

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Book Harvest also has a connection to Listen to Your Mother: Raleigh-Durham in that two of the cast members from our inaugural season are heavily involved with it.

We will be supporting Book Harvest through profits from the shows as well as taking show-day donations of children’s books.

Don’t forget that we are accepting submissions until January 31!

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Telling My Story. Telling Your Story

by KeAnne on January 14, 2015

2014 Cast member Stephanie Lormand on the power of Listen to Your Mother

This time last year I started noticing social media buzz for the Listen To Your Mother 2014 submission deadline. I set a calendar reminder, then a reminder about my upcoming calendar reminder.

Like you do.

Then I procrastinated. Like I do. Next came the Snowpocalypse and all of these extra people were home from school and work, stuck inside, all loud and distracting. I almost didn’t write anything at all. Plus, did I really want to risk being on a stage?

Then the audition. I called my husband from the street in front of producer Marty Long’s house.

“Well, how did it go?” he asked.

“Dude, my voice was all shaky.”

“Really? You?”

And after the first meeting/rehearsal:

“Well, how did it go?” he asked.

“Amazing writers, bona fides all over the place. I’m a little intimidated.”

“Really? You?”

The final rehearsal, on stage, my heart pounding so hard my voice couldn’t shake at all, pining between terrified and exhilarated. The past months of anticipation, reduced down to these final moments.

Opening night, the seats are filling with people that you can’t really see from the bright stage lights. But you hear them, you know they’re out there.

My friends telling their stories. I’m telling my story. I promise you that part of me still surfs the adrenaline from the success of that night. I’ll tell you that participating in Listen To Your Mother returned a piece of myself that I not only didn’t know was gone, I’d never known it existed at all.

I know, it’s the perfect Robert Frost path cliché, right? Except that the path I chose by hitting send on that submission really did make all the difference. Without that button I wouldn’t be part of a monthly LTYM Writer’s Group. None of that might mean that much to you.

But it could. If you tell your story.

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Thank you, Stephanie!  We are proud that you were part of our 2014 cast and honored to count you as a friend.

The submission deadline is January 31.  Find the details here!

 

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2015 Show Dates

January 12, 2015

We are on the ball this year (third time is the charm?) and are ready to share our show dates and location!  We are honored to be able to hold our show again at Kenan Auditorium on William Peace University’s campus.  Mark your calendars now!   May 7, 2015 or May 8, 2015 7:30 PM Kenan Auditorium William Peace University Ticket information coming soon! And don’t forget that we are accepting submissions until January 31, 2015! by

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What Have You Written Lately? Submissions Now Open!

January 8, 2015

“Have you written anything lately?” Jess asked me. I sighed. “I feel like I don’t have anything to say lately.” Here I sit. Keyboard primed. Fingers sitting on asdf and jkl; ready to say something. Say anything. I have a voice. I have stories to tell. There is joy in my life as a mother and as a daughter. There is pain. Stress. Success. Hope. Failure. I will tell the stories and write about my life. The stories are in all of us. We all have something to say. Listen to Your Mother knows that sharing our stories brings us together. Every time you tell your story, someone listening doesn’t feel alone anymore. “Me too,” they think. And in that moment, you don’t feel alone anymore either. We want to hear your story. Submissions are now open for the 2015 season of Listen to Your Mother: Raleigh-Durham. In our third year as part […]

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Listen to Your Mother Raleigh-Durham Returns for 2015!

December 3, 2014

We’re back! And it will be not only Listen to Your Mother: Raleigh-Durham‘s third show but also Listen to Your Mother‘s biggest season yet! Check out the announcement on the national site and watch the video too! Did you get goose bumps? Marty and I are over the moon to be able to bring a third year of Listen to Your Mother to the Triangle area. Check back after the holidays to find detailed information on show dates and location as well as audition information. In the meantime, get your stories ready, and you can follow LTYM on Twitter and Facebook! by

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