It’s always a good idea to Listen To Your Mother

by Shari on November 12, 2012

This has been such a rollercoaster of a week, it’s a wonder I’ve not puked on the shoes of some random carny.

Amidst the Sandy clean-up of our water-logged basement, dead furnace and dead-er water-heater, the nor’easter that dumped six inches of snow on our unheated home, sending the entire family scurrying into one bedroom with a space heater and some sweaty pugs for foot-warming, and the knocking on neighbors’ doors requesting hot showers and laundry service for the sole purpose of clean underwear, I received a phone call.

It was Varda Steinhardt of The Squashed Bologna and Amy Wilson of When Did I Get Like This? asking me if I would like to be the assistant director for the NYC production of Listen To Your Mother.

This? This was even better than sparkly fresh underpants.

Don’t know the amazing event that is Listen To Your Mother? Listen to creator Ann Imig:

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER (LTYM) 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.

LTYM began with one show of local writers reading in Madison Wisconsin on Mother’s Day 2010.  The video of the show was posted online in its entirety, and so LTYM reached a global audience and garnered a huge response.

Bloggers across the country began asking to host LTYM in their home towns, and so in 2011 we took the project national with shows in 5 cities across the country. And then in 2012 it expanded to 10 cities – including New York City!

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 2013, Listen To Your Mother will be in 24 cities across the United States! Watch the announcement here:

The 2013 NYC production of Listen To Your Mother will take place on the Big Day itself, Mother’s Day. I’m so on top of things, I even know the date: May 12, 2013. Put it in your calendars! I will be there! With my director’s hat and clean undies!

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Anna November 12, 2012 at 3:44 am

so amazing, congrats!


Shari November 12, 2012 at 4:05 am

Thank you, Anna!


Holly November 12, 2012 at 3:47 am

I can’t wait to work with you, my wonderful friend. It will be a TOTAL honor.


Shari November 12, 2012 at 4:05 am

Back at ya, sweet Holly.


Ann November 12, 2012 at 3:50 am

Huge smile. Warm heart. Holding your entire family in a down comforter from afar–singing and rocking you. Terrifying isn’t it?


Shari November 12, 2012 at 4:07 am

Awww, that’s so… mildly terrifying, Ann… :-)


Mod Mom Beyond IndieDom November 12, 2012 at 4:26 am

I hope you, your family and those little pug warmers are all warm , dry and getting back to normal! Congratulations, Shari!! Glad to hear you had some wonderful after all the chaos of the last weeks.


Shari November 12, 2012 at 4:31 am

Thanks, MM. xo


Galit Breen November 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Sending good warm thoughts and BIG, EXCITING ones all your way!

Congratulations, girl! Over the moon for you all!!


Shari November 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm

You too, Galit!


Tara November 12, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Fantastic news!!!! Can’t wait to see it:)

And I hope things are getting back to normal ish in your life this week!

Love ya!


Shari November 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm

“Ish” is the qualifier, Tara. Normal-ish, but it will be a while before “normal”. Love ya back.


Wendi November 12, 2012 at 2:37 pm

You are the perfect addition to the show. PERFECT.


Shari November 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Thank you, my dear Wendi.


Stephanie Precourt November 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm

So happy!!!



Shari November 12, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Yay, Indiana!


Nancy Davis Kho November 12, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Yay! I didn’t realize you were stepping into director shoes – good for you, and great for LTYM! (I hope those shoes are warm and dry, by the way…)


Shari November 12, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Warm and dry and high-heeled, preferably.


Anna Lefler November 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm

This is so fantastic, Shari! What a wonderful choice you are for this project!

I know you will kill it – in the best, motherly-love kind of way.





Shari November 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Thank you, my dearest! I know we will mother-kill it.


Hillary November 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Shari, I hope things are getting better every day. I’m a long way from Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, but I still feel for everyone in the Northeast, especially in NYC and Jersey.

And I’m glad you got that phone call to make you forget about the trials of obtaining fresh underwear. Congratulations!! What a great opportunity for your talents!


Shari November 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Thanks so much, Hillary, we’re muddling through. Appreciate your kind words.


Lady Jennie November 14, 2012 at 7:28 am



Shari November 15, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I knowwwwwwwwwwwww!!!


The Flying Chalupa November 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm

This is such fabulous news – they were so smart to call on you! You are the perfect person for the gig. FUN! Congrats, my friend. xo


Shari November 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm

xxxooo, Tarja.


Alexandra November 20, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Jealous of what NYC has: you are the shizz, girl.




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