I took this show on the road, this writing, this mouth, this mom, to NYC to audition for a pretty amazing opportunity. I signed up on a whim, and with careful encouraging and bullying from rather attractive husband, actually followed through and showed up for the audition.
Talk about intimidating. Say what you want, but an audition in NYC is an entirely different experience than typing away blindly into an internet void. This was a first-time for me, and I’m still sweating thinking about it.
Listen To Your Mother, is a Vagina Monologue type performance for those who have used their vaginas (or other vaginas) to become a mom, have a mom, had a mom, or want to reflect on motherhood. Penises welcome.
It’s a Mother’s Day performance that started small and has grown nationwide, under the watchful guidance of Ann Imig, writer extraordinaire and apparently a damn good mom as well. NATIONWIDE: like San Fran, Chicago, DC, Austin, Indiana, Spokane, Arkansas, NYC.
Big deal, huh? Here’s some video of past performances. I know, awesome right??? Tons of local communities featuring local writers speaking their words out loud. In front of people. Quite possibly lots of people.
Before I headed to NYC on a sunny Sunday afternoon, I received two of the best pieces of advice ever:
Jackie the beauty maker who keeps me youngish:
“What are you so freaked about? New York doesn’t hold the market on moms.”
And the Boy (kid#4): “Remember Mommy, it’s not over until security drags you out the door.”
So I did it. I was pittin’ out like crazy, tried to back out several times, but rather attractive husband had my back and ego in check, and delivered me to the fancy pants audition in person.
And even though my tongue swelled up to twice the size of my ass, I peeled it off the roof of my mouth and read.I went, I read, I cried. And I am so glad I did it.
I don’t know if I made it or not, but security did not drag me out the door, and the judges were real pros: genuinely nice, kind, and insightful, and the experience was life changing in itself. And for that, I am really, really grateful.