I've had some friends ask about it, what it means, why I wanted to do it, why it happens, who is participating, and how do they come be in the audience?
Well, just sit back, relax, and all your questions shall be answered!
What exactly is this thing? Short version: It's a show that celebrates motherhood. Slightly longer answer: Writers read their pieces about motherhood to a live audience, and there are 24 shows all over the country. It's a one-night-only affair. It's a celebration of motherhood and all that entails. The good, the bad and the ugly. The longest answer: Go explore the national Listen to Your Mother site, and read this interview with Ann Imig, about the origins of the concept.
Why you, Lizz? Why not? I had an incredible time in the audience last year. Was moved to tears, got a cramp from laughing so hard. I wanted to be a part of it. And now I am! My official goal for the year was just to submit; actually auditioning and making it? Icing. I wanted to push myself, with a deadline, to write something that I really love. And I think I've done it. I think my piece is the best thing I've written. Ever.
Who is participating? There are amazing women (and men!) all over the country; I have friends directing shows, others in the cast… the only true commonality is that we're all writers. Not all mothers, not all women… we all have, are, or know a mother, and have stories to share.
Where does my ticket money go? Each local production chooses a charity to benefit. For the San Francisco show, our charity is Help a Mother Out.org, which provides diapers and support to struggling moms. Speaking of ticket money…
OK, I'm sold! How do I get to be in the audience?
And my mom said she wanted a special notice of how to get tickets, so here: