By Estelle Sobel Erasmus
I was in the NYC 2012 production of Listen to Your Mother, and it changed my life.
Dramatic words, right? But, oh so true.
So, yes, I took the microphone one day last year, and here’s how the experience of the phenomenon of Listen to Your Mother changed my life.
*I was a service-oriented journalist and the essay I wrote about my daughter that I auditioned with was one of the first personal stories I had ever written for public consumption. It felt wonderful to express myself in a new and powerful way.
*I had started a blog in 2011, but it mainly was a repository for my columns from Patch and Examiner. That all changed once I met the fantastic bloggers and performers who publish online who were in the cast with me, like Kirsten, Deborah, Holly, Kathy, Amy (our director), Varda (producer), Alysia, Patty and tons more. It made me decide to fill my blog with new posts, not regurgitated columns. That helped me find my voice.
*I met my good friend and all around mensch Holly Rosen Fink through LTYM. Holly was one of the original members for the advisory council I put together for the board of Mothers & More, which as many of you know is a big part of my life.
*When I went to BlogHer last year, I not only knew a ton of bloggers via the #LTYM community, but I got to see a bit more of the amazing Ann Imig (the three words just go so well together, don’t you think). Ann also recently did a fantastic webinar for Mothers & More and I had the honor of interviewing her for it.
Basically, Listen To Your Mother is changing the way America celebrates Mother’s Day, one story at a time.
This New York City production- one of 24 Listen to Your Mother shows taking place across the country this year- will feature prominent local writers and performers telling their own tales of motherhood in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor. Don’t miss this sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching, always engaging celebration.
Here is a photo and video clip of me from last year’s reading series telling the story about my daughter And She Danced.
This post from last year gives a little taste of my LTYM experience, in a rap poem.
The Listen to Your Mother Reading Series NYC series will take place on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12th at 5pm at Peter Norton Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street). Tickets are $25 (advance), $30 (at the door) and can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/ltymsymphonyspace.
For one lucky reader, I am running a giveaway on my blog for tickets to Listen to Your Mother for the New York production. To enter, write a comment on this post. A winner will be randomly selected on Wednesday, May 8th.
Disclosure: I am receiving tickets to Listen to Your Mother for a giveaway, but the opinions, experiences and comments are all my own.
To enter the giveaway write a comment below why you want to win tickets to the NYC show of Listen to Your Mother.