Listen To Your Mother When It’s Over

“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–in the form of original readings performed live on-stage by their authors.” – LTYM

This Mother’s Day I read my original work on Madison’s Barrymore stage for the 5th Anniversary Listen To Your Mother show.

But first I had to get to dressed.  I’ve never dressed for the stage, unless you count cap and gown.

I have at least two dresses which would have suited the occasion but instead I decided to make a statement while making my statement.  I went big.  Years ago my mother-in-law gifted me this heavily beaded ball skirt which I have never worn.


Dramatic and heavy and full and full of meaning, I hoped its sparkle would illuminate the stage, its weight would temper my stride and heart rate, and its wearing would honor my mother-in-law.  I just had to shorten the lining and buy a plain white tee.


Though not the most flattering silhouette, I wore it with a smile and a nod to Sharon Stone.


Here are some of my fellow cast mates prepping their own finery plus more shots from backstage:

Backstage was fun, easy, electric, terrifying.  One minute we were eating baba gahnoush and swapping tattoo histories and the next we were in the wings, cotton-mouthed and gorgeous.  Floating on the applause of our sisters, friends and lovers, we arrived on stage and the celebration began.

When it was over I felt crazed and intensely single-minded: get thee to thy children.  It had been five-and-a-half hours since I had seen Farrah Star, the longest she and I have ever been separated.  I needed her and I needed to also lay hands on my son.  The lobby was a sea of smiles and shoulders and I pushed past all of them all using my giant studded skirt as shield. (I’m sorry.)  Finally outside, I saw Kris parking the car and I exhaled.  Floating on the passion of my motherhood, I arrived at the backseat and the celebration began.

Thank you Ann, Becky, Darcy, Danielle and my fellow cast mates, each of whom lit a unique and everlasting spark on that stage that Sunday.  I am eager to share my reading here and will post a transcript along with the YouTube recording as soon as it becomes available.

Thanks to you Ann Imig, for giving motherhood a megaphone.  See you at next year’s auditions!


3 thoughts on “Listen To Your Mother When It’s Over

  1. Love it! And I loved your skirt so much! I wrote all about my LYTM experience this morning while stuck at the car dealership. If only I had a blog to put it up on ;)


  2. Great photos. I forgot about that push/pull about being away from tiny people–proof that it does lessen over time! Thanks so much, Lisa. I cannot wait for the world to hear your piece!!


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