It isn’t everyday folks in a small community like ours have the opportunity to audition and get cast in a national show that will take place in 39 cities across the US. And it isn’t everyday we have the opportunity to get cast in a national show for reading our own powerful words about motherhood. Let me tell you – just auditioning, just being heard – it’s incredible.
And it could happen to you or someone you love.
Produced and directed by three local women, Southwest Michigan is one of ten new cities chosen to celebrate motherhood and Mother’s Day with Listen to Your Mother in 2015.
So what exactly is Listen to Your Mother…?
Meet your local production team:
Kim Jorgensen Gane:
Kim is a writer and communications, media, and wellness consultant living and working on Michigan’s sunset coast with her husband, youngest son, a standard poodle and a gecko. She’s been every-mom, raising two generations of kids over twenty-seven years. Kim writes on a variety of topics including parenting through midlife crisis, infertility, health and wellness, personal empowerment, politics, and about anything else that interests her, including flash fiction and her books in progress. Kim co-facilitates #Write2TheEnd Writers Workshop™ and lives to promote the work of talented local writers and artists. She can’t wait to do so as Co-Director/Producer of Southwest Michigan’s first production of Listen to Your Mother. Her website is GANEPossible.com. Follow @KimGANEPossible on Twitter.
A St. Joseph resident and mother of five, Meagan Francis has worked as a writer and blogger for over a decade. She’s the author of four books – most recently The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets To Enjoying Motherhood – and has contributed to dozens of publications and websites, including Parents, Good Housekeeping, Midwest Living, NYTimes.com and The Huffington Post, as well as her blog The Happiest Home. While she’s not meeting deadlines and signing reading logs, Meagan performs in local productions with the Twin City Players. As Co-Director of the very first Southwest Michigan production of Listen To Your Mother, Meagan is thrilled to be involved in a project that allows her to combine three of her favorite things: writing, the stage, and motherhood. Follow @MeaganFrancis on Twitter.
Tireless community advocate, wife, and mom to one woman-child, Beth is passionate about two things: her family and everything she does. Though she spent several years in Long Beach, California, raising her daughter and co-managing a jazz club, Beth was born and grew up in Benton Harbor, Michigan. She resides happily there with her husband. Her many talents, besides putting everyone she meets at ease, are teaching water aerobics, singing, assistant choir directing, and Community Theater, including a role in Ragtime, as well as a recurring appearance in the Vagina Monologues. She emcees on occasion for The Livery’s Open Stage night, and is known to croon a silken tune there and in church. For ten years, she has emceed and co-chaired the annual Gene Harris: Coming Home, Coming Together concert. Beth is employed as an Early Intervention Specialist at CARES (Community AIDS and Resource Education Services), where she enjoys her outreach duties, helping people infected and affected by the HIV virus. As our Associate Producer, Beth looks forward to helping our local Listen to Your Mother production feature our wonderful community and her passion for bringing it together.
Your essay must reflect the topic of motherhood, but you do not have to be a mom to audition for Listen to Your Mother. We welcome dads, daughters, sons, anyone who’s had a mother, been a mother, observed a mother, wanted or not wanted to be one.
Sharpen your pencils, charge your laptops, visit your favorite coffee shop or local library and start writing! Auditions will be announced in January 2015. Be sure to subscribe to our updates so you won’t miss the opportunity to share your story of motherhood. It is our collective wish to produce an amazing show that truly represents the many layers of motherhood in Southwest Michigan.
We can’t do that without you.
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