LTYMSo this is happening.

In an effort to step out of my comfort zone, at the suggestion of a friend, I auditioned to be part of the first ever Nashville cast of Listen To Your Mother, a collaborative performance which features live readings by local writers on the joys and challenges of motherhood, all in celebration of Mother’s Day. (Think Vagina Monologues, but about motherhood.) Born of the creative work of mothers who publish on-line, each production is directed, produced, and performed by local communities, for local communities. This year, the production will run in 32 different cities, including Nashville on Saturday, April 26th, 2014, at the Tennessee Performing Art Center’s Polk Theater.

I auditioned more for the exercise of auditioning, as public speaking is something I’m periodically asked to do but haven’t yet done enough to feel totally comfortable; I didn’t expect to be chosen. I left the audition feeling a huge sense of accomplishment for having gone through with it when the rioting butterflies in my already-queasy-from-chemo stomach were telling me to bail. Yet the day after I auditioned, I received word that I had been chosen to be in the cast. Holy shite! If I thought I had butterflies auditioning, I can’t imagine what my tummy will feel like the night of the performance, given that the venue seats about 1,100 people and will likely sell out. I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it (and my friend-in-case-of-emergencies, Mr. Xanax, can escort me if necessary).

If you’re of a mind, grab a ticket while they’re available using this link here. This is a one night only event. I’d love to see your smiling face out there, and given the talent of the remaining cast members, I am certain that this will be a very special night indeed. Come hear our stories, and laugh, cry and nod empathetically with us. Not only should it be a great night, it’s for a good cause. Ten percent of the proceeds will benefit Thistle Farms, a social enterprise operated by women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, addiction and life on the streets.

I hope to see you there!

3 Thoughts on “Listen To Your Mother

  1. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!

  2. Melissa Red on March 25, 2014 at 11:01 pm said:

    I’m a friend of Jo Dee’s and I can’t wait to hear all of your all’s stories – at least the 5 minute version! Thank you for having the courage to do this!!

  3. Hi Joanna,

    I just wanted to let you know how inspired I was by your essay that you read at “Listen To Your Mother” this past weekend. It was incredibly moving and I am so glad that you shared your story!

    All the best,

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