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Friday, May 3, 2013

Listen To Your Mother and a Giveaway!

When I first heard of the production, "Listen To Your Mother," I stayed up late and watched every clip that I could find. 
Listen To Your Mother is the brainchild of Ann Imig. It is a "national series of live readings by local writers in celebration of Mother's Day. Born of the creative work of mothers who publish online, each production is directed, produced, and performed by local communities, for local communities."'s the thing. I am the most outgoing shy person you will ever meet. (See how my 5th grade teacher changed the trajectory of my life here!)
My old pal, The Push/Pull Monster reared its ugly head. I wanted to join LTYM so badly but the thought of auditioning made me want to hide under my bed with a bag of Reese Cups. Never mind the anxiety of actually standing on a stage in front of a theatre full of people. 
Harassed Inspired by my pal, Nicole Leigh Shaw of  Ninja Mom to audition, I bit the bullet (and 19 Reese Cups) and sent my piece to the NW Indiana producer.
When word arrived that both The Ninja and I had both been selected for NW Indiana's LTYM cast, I spent 23 seconds celebrating! I spent the next 39 minutes breathing into a bag. 
What had I done?
Who was I kidding?
Images of everything that could go wrong flooded my mind.
-I would definitely fall and show my granny panties to the crowd.
-I would most certainly blurt out the f-bomb.
-I would forget to wear clothes.
-I would burp into the microphone.
-I would forget my piece and the only thing that would come out of my mouth would be slow, awkward rendition of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."
Meeting the cast at rehearsal was a Godsend. Listening to their stories made feel connected to them, connected to the audience that would soon hear our collective words. For the first time, I could think about the production without the aid of Reese Cups.
In my excitement to spend time with Ninja Mom in real life, I forgot to have a picture taken of us together. I am almost 6 feet tall and Ninja Nicole claims to be almost 5'1-we are a sight to behold! She is like a little Polly Pocket of cuteness that tells dirty jokes. I'm thinking of carrying her around in a Baby Bjorn on opening night. 

Listen To Your Mother, Northwest Indiana 

May 10, 7pm show at the Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso, IN.


Nicole and I are giving away a pair of tickets to NW Indiana's Listen To Your Mother Show AND autographed books of our anthology of funny muthas, I Just Want To Pee Alone! 
-One lucky winner will win a pair of tickets and 2 books!
-Two other lucky winners will each win a copy of I Just Want To Pee Alone! 
Winners will be announced on May 8th!
(Click here for full scoop about I Just Want To Pee Alone!)

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  1. You are too funny - yes I have been there with those 19 Reeces Peanut butter cups and it's not a pretty sight! I wouldn't be able to make it it Indiana but I would love to be entered to win the book. Thanks for always keeping us entertained!

    1. YAY! Did you enter? Someday, we must meet IRL!

  2. I love great!

    And now I have something to strive for. I'm 5'1 and it's now my mission to be a Polly Pocket of cuteness that tells dirty jokes.


    1. I'll carry you in the backpack. Plenty of space.
      Thanks, Carrie!

  3. i love hearing your side of it. :) i'm an introvert that turns into a bubbly introvert when i have to, so i can imagine your shock/fear/what-in-the-world-have-i-done?! you'll be GREAT! thanks for spreading the LTYM love!

    1. Thank YOU for being our fearless leader, Lovelyn!


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