We are so excited to be bringing LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER back to Baton Rouge for a second year!
Every year in the two weeks leading up to Mother’s Day, in cities across the nation, locals tell their own stories in a 90 minute live-reading show celebrating and validating motherhood. The mission of each LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER show is to take audiences on a well-crafted journey giving voice to motherhood in all of its complexity, diversity and humor. They include hyper-local sponsorship and give back financially to a local non-profit, in our case, the Emerge Center.
Does this sound like something you want to see? How about participate in? Auditions are being scheduled right now!
Whether you had a mom, are a mom, know a mom, were raised by a grandma/auntie/sister/friend, wherever you come from and whoever you are, your story matters and we would love to hear it!
LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: Baton Rouge is looking for a diverse collection of people to read their own words about motherhood at the Manship Theatre on May 1, 2016. All ages and experience levels are invited to audition and non-mothers are welcome (yes- men, too)!! This isn’t just for bloggers or professional writers; this show is for anyone with a story to tell about motherhood, whatever that looks like to you.
Make sure motherhood is the star focus of your piece. It can be glorious and gutsy, hilarious or heart-wrenching, and it must be a true story written by you. Previously published work is accepted if you retain the rights/have express permission to use the piece. Your piece should last no more than 5 minutes spoken aloud. Less is fine! Do not memorize your work.
You must be able to commit to two rehearsals (March 19 & April 16) as well as be available from 11am-7pm on show day, May 1, 2016. Auditions are by APPOINTMENT ONLY on Thursday, February 11 from 4-8pm and Saturday, February 13 from 10am-2pm in Baton Rouge. Bring your own original humorous, poignant, or soulful words about any variation of motherhood as you know it.
**TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT** send an email to Meghan at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Audition” as the subject line. Please include your name and availability during the listed times. Appointments will be first come, first served until all slots are filled. Or feel free to fill out this online form and the director will get back with you to schedule your audition!
So what are you waiting for! Grab your audition spot today!
Baton Rouge Moms Contributors,
Meghan Matt – LTYM Director & Audrey Hayworth LTYM Producer
I saw the call out for auditions somewhere on Facebook. My desire to tell a story took over and I emailed for a spot. I didn’t tell anyone I was auditioning. If I didn’t get chosen, I couldn’t tell anyone of the rejections. After all, I am not a mom. Who was I too tell Baton Rouge what I know of motherhood? I got the email less than a week later, I had been chosen to read in that show. I was excited, but I don’t think the full extent of what I was participating in had hit me yet. It did on March 21st.
It was a rough day March 21st. I woke up feeling clammy, but today was the day I got to meet 12 other women I got to speak next to in the Baton Rouge Listen To Your Mother production and there were pictures to be taken which meant I had to fix my hair. My hair that hadn’t been washed in 4 days. Dry shampoo wasn’t going to cut it. So I washed and I blow-dryed and I laid my 21 week pregnant exhausted body under my full blast ceiling fan. I couldn’t cool off. I kept moving. I put on the only outfit that I felt like made me look pregnant as opposed to eating too many cheeseburgers. I headed out the door. First stop brunch.
As I sat through brunch I could feel my belly rumbling. I hadn’t been sick all pregnancy. Could this late onset morning sickness? I ate my food and my friend and I left. Next stop rehearsals, except….half a block down I just looked at my friend with a face of desperation and asked her to pull over. My cute outfit, my washed hair was now covered in my brunch. I will spare you the other details. I was heartbroken, these moms were going to meet me in my second choice outfit, with remnants of my own brunch in my hair. I looked in the mirror to see mascara running down my face. No more lipstick to be had. My hair…oh my hair, but I drove downtown. I already didn’t feel like I belonged, but now, A SECOND CHOICE OUTFIT (a second choice outfit at a very swollen 21 weeks is not acceptable in my hormonal brain). Then I sat at a table with 12 other women, 12 other moms.
Among the initial thoughts of, “Oh my goodness, do I belong here?” There was also a sense of belonging. I moved to Baton Rouge a year and a half ago and never really felt I found a place. At that table I had my place, it was labeled with my name on it. There was my place at a table of moms. As the introductions went around, I felt the rumble coming again, but I couldn’t leave. These women read their pieces and my heart grew three sizes. Each story I found myself holding on to each and every word, cherishing them. These words were tiny piece of these mothers’ heart and as each story was read, I realized something. This wasn’t just a show about motherhood. This was a show about being a wife. Being a daughter. Being a child. This was a show of gratitude and hope. This was a show of celebration and choosing joy. This was a show that my quasi “not a mother” self found her place in. This was a show for the feminist, the non-feminist. This was a show that summed up the personality of the south I had come to know and love perfectly. This was a show that allowed me to forget that my mascara was gone, my lipstick was lying along Jefferson Highway and my stomach turned with ferociousness that could only mean bad seafood from the night before. I belonged at this table, second choice outfit and all.
As I left that rehearsal, I couldn’t help but be prideful. I get to stand up on a stage on May third and tell Baton Rouge my story of motherhood and I get to do it with the camaraderie of 12 women I had never met before a fateful Saturday of food poisoning and new friendships. To say I am proud is an understatement. Maybe I am not technically a mom, but I do have a story to tell about motherhood, step-motherhood and having a mom. If I belonged at that table, I can assure you, you will find yourself belonging in that theatre as one by one, these ladies share their stories of life.
This is the first year that Listen to Your Mother is coming to Baton Rouge. I hope you will find yourself heading over here and getting a ticket to hear these stories on May 3, 2015 at 2pm. The show will take place at the Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge. The show will benefit Hope House. You can read all about the cast and sponsors on the Listen to Your Mother Baton Rouge website. You can purchase your ticket on Manship Theatre’s website or clicking here.
We are so excited to share that LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER is coming to Baton Rouge! This is a 90 minute live-reading show that consists of locals telling their stories about motherhood.
The mission of each LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER production is to take the audience on a well-crafted journey that celebrates and validates mothering through giving voice to motherhood–in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor.
LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER aims to support motherhood creatively through artistic expression, and also financially–through contributions to non-profit organizations supporting families in need.
This movement started five years ago in Indiana and has grown to include shows across America. There will be 39 shows this year nationwide spanning from San Francisco, to Austin, to Chicago, to New York and everywhere in between! We hope this will become an annual production here in Baton Rouge as it has become in so many other unique and diverse places across the country.
Ten percent of all ticket proceeds will go directly to Hope House (a local rehabilitative home for victims of sex trafficking)
ANYONE can audition any piece about motherhood – a mom, an aunt, sister, cousin, friend…ANYONE with a voice and something to share about motherhood! The only requirement is that your stories be authentic, it must be your story to share!
Auditions are by APPOINTMENT ONLY on Thursday, February 5 from 4-8pm and Saturday, February 7 from 10am-4pm in Baton Rouge. **TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT** send an email to Meghan at email@example.com with “Audition” as the subject line. Please include your name and availability during the listed times. Appointments will be first come, first served until all slots are filled. If you do not have access to email, please call (225) 366-9296.
Here is the “perfect” example of a great story, and we ALL have a story to tell! Erin dispels the myth of perfection in motherhood. She reminds us that we are ALL perfect in our children’s eyes…