Today's an exciting day for me.
The whole thing started two years ago, just a few months after Cate was born. Abby emailed me and said she'd attended a wonderful live stage performance in DC called Listen To Your Mother. Launched by blogger and “stay-at-home humorist” Ann Imig in 2010, “Listen to Your Mother” (LTYM) is a national series of live readings by local writers in celebration of Mother’s Day.
Abby wrote about the experience on her blog:
Something about hearing these stories read aloud in the author’s own voice, seeing the sheen of perspiration on these women’s brows, the barely perceptible shake of their hands and stumble over a word here and there that made the stories more alive, more impactful, somehow.
In the email to me, Abby wrote, "You should bring this show to Charleston!"
I got that funny feeling in the pit of my stomach, one that always, inevitably leads me to do the thing. But the timing wasn't right. I'd just given birth to my third child and taking on a project of that magnitude seemed like too much.
So another year came and went. I saw blog posts and tweets and status updates announcing another successful run of Listen To Your Mother. I learned that my friend Kate had performed in the Twin Cities show, and so I asked her: Should I do this?
"Yes!" she said.
I checked back in with Abby. Should I do this? "Yes!" she said.
I checked in with some friends. Am I crazy? "Yes!" they said. Should I do it? "Yes!" they said. And so when the call for new cities was announced, I requested an application.
And now, after sitting on this news for nine days! I am happy and thrilled and honored to announce that Listen To Your Mother is coming to Charleston!
Charleston is joining 32 cities all across the country. For you to really understand how awesome this is, check out the Listen To Your Mother website. (I just read the announcement post and cried.) And this story by NBC Nightly news captures the essence of how it started and what it's all about. And the YouTube channel lets you watch readings from all of the past performances.
When I was contemplating whether to take this on, I let my mind fast forward to "show time" and I imagined what it would be like to see that first woman walk to the microphone and to hear her voice, her words, her story. And the thought of it all coming together, being real and live and here in Charleston! made me feel weak in the knees (in a good way).
Giving our stories a voice is what it's all about for me. I especially want to thank Jennifer Buddin and Angela May for being a part of Charleston's Listen To Your Mother team. Their support and encouragement gave me the extra nudge I needed to go for it.
Details about the Charleston show are forthcoming (as we are just getting started!) but I can tell you it will be held some time in the two weeks leading up to Mother's Day 2014. If you're interested in auditioning to be a part of the Charleston cast, volunteering, or sponsoring this show, please contact me and I'll keep you in the loop.
In the meantime, I'm off to breathe, soak it in, and celebrate. I hope you'll join me. Please share this news. Because really, this is awesome, friends.
Listen To Your Mother is coming to Charleston!!!!!