You’ve probably been losing sleep wondering when I was going to write you again, but never fear, a blogger’s ego never lets her go too long without screaming for the attention it so richly deserves.
The truth is, I’ve been kind of busy.
With what, you ask?
I’m so glad you asked. Because I just so happen to have some information on one of my projects that I can share with you.
I’m producing and directing a show. Well, co-producing and co-directing a show. A stage show. It’s part of a national live reading series that is appearing in 24 cities (like Austin and Chicago). And Nichole Beaudry and I are bringing it to Sacramento for the first time.
But here’s the cool part: each production’s cast across the country is made up of a diverse set of local performers. And the performers are mostly regular everyday people who have a story about motherhood (whether they are a mother or not). In other words, people like YOU. And each production donates a portion of the ticket proceeds to a local charity.
Also? Every performance is recorded and uploaded to the LTYM YouTube Channel for the whole planet to see.
The show is called “Listen to Your Mother” and it will be held on Mother’s Day at the Crest Theater. Perhaps you longtime NGIP fans remember that day I went photogging downtown with a bunch of strangers where I caught this photo of the Crest?
I’m not afraid to admit, (yes I am), that I am pee-my-pants excited at the thought of “LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER” appearing on that marquis.
We have partnered with 916 Ink as our local charity. 916 Ink is a youth literacy nonprofit that works with kids to become better writers, and then publish the stories they write. They’re a bit like 816 Valencia, if you’ve ever heard of them.
Anyway, we recently announced our Call for Submissions and this is where YOU come in. If you or someone you know in the Sacramento area has a story about motherhood, and doesn’t completely throw up at the idea of standing on stage, reading a funny or poignant story from their heart, baring their soul in front of hundreds of people, send them to our call for submissions link.
ALSO!! If you or someone you know doesn’t live near Sacramento, but perhaps lives near one of the other 23 cities (like DC, NYC, or Indiana), you can send in your submission to them (if their submission window is still open; dates vary from site to site). Here’s the national LTYM page, you can look for your city there. Knowing you, you’d love it. You should totally check it out.
This whole LTYM concept was started by Ann Imig, a fellow blogger, a wonderfully creative and funny lady that I had the pleasure of meeting at a Blogher conference in Chicago a few years ago and went for a walk with in the nearly intolerable, yet pillowy, August heat where I took this picture of her:
LTYM started with one show in one city (Madison Wisconsin, Ann’s hometown) and has since grown to 24 cities this year. Nichole, my co-producer, was in San Francisco’s cast last year and she fell in love with it so much, she wanted to bring it here and ask me to co-prod. Co-prod. Hey, has someone already coined that term? I’m totally using that phrase! That’s my phrase. I’m coining it right here and now. You saw me coin it, right? Everyone saw me coin it?
Yeah, I’m the co-prod now.