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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Listen to your mother. Yes, you.




Sometime after Christmas break ended and before Valentine's Day -- it all runs together in my head these days -- I submitted a piece of writing to "Listen to Your Mother Indianapolis." LTYM is a national event taking place in almost two dozen cities. At each location, people -- mostly women, some men, mostly mothers, some sons and daughters -- will present live readings related to the topic of motherhood. As the LTYM people say, "giving Mother's Day a microphone."

Feeling the need to get back in touch with my funny bone, I submitted a variation on a previous blog post. It's amazing what you can do with something given a little time, distance, perspective, editing and minimum length of 4 spoken minutes.

Anyway, I got an audition. I expected the waiting area to be filled with the usual (and wonderful) fare of Indiana women bloggers, people I am quite familiar with. Surprisingly, I didn't know any of the women sitting there with me, though I did recognize the names of some people who'd been there earlier when I glanced at the sign-in list. Even more surprisingly, not every woman in the waiting room had a blog. You mean there are people out there, living their lives blogless? Shocking. But I digress.

The audition was pretty simple. Stand in front of the two directors and read my piece. One of them laughed. The other kind of smiled. And that was it. It took longer to drive to the audition than it did to actually audition.

Several days later, I received an e-mail welcoming me to the inaugural cast of "Listen to Your Mother Indianapolis."

I was happy. I am happy. But I am also panicked. I have a little more than two months to lose 700 pounds, get my hair (now in that awkward growing out phase) to behave itself, and find something to wear that does not look too matronly (ironically), too off-the-clearance-rack, too tight or too-oh-my-Gawd-mom-you-can't-possibly-wear-that. Too bad I gave away my fat dress; I'm probably too fat for it anyway.

Regardless of what I wear, it's going to be a great event. If you're local, treat yourself to a ticket and join us:
Listen to Your Mother Indianapolis
Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 7:00pm
at the Indiana Historical Society

Buy your tickets online. 10% of the proceeds will go to Partners in Housing.

If you're not in or near Indy, see if there is a LTYM show near you.

4 comments:

Mama Melch said...

I'm so excited to get to be part of this great show too!! My audition was via Skype though, so at least I got to do my nervous sit-ups in private. Looking forward to meeting everyone at the 1st rehearsal soon.

Ellen aka Ellie said...

Rats. I can't do a Thursday night, but I thought about it. You know I need a good reason to visit Indy.

Now stepping away from the all about me pity party, way to go YOU!

Momza said...

SO WISH I LIVED NEAR YOU! I would SO be there to cheer you on!!
Please take pictures and repeat to yourself these amazing words:
"I HAVE EARNED THE RIGHT TO BE HERE!"
Because woman, you have!! So happy for you, Amy!

Eileen Dennie said...

I've got 10 people coming to see the show so far. You'll recognize most faces and hopefully you'll find that makes you less nervous. Looking forward to it!