On Sunday, May 12 at 5pm at Peter Norton Symphony Space on New York’s Upper West Side, the Listen To Your Mother Reading Series will give “Mother’s Day a Microphone” as the city and an inspirational group of women and men come together to celebrate motherhood and parenting in a meaningful new way. Included in the cast of the New York City show are former Editor in Chief of Redbook Magazine Stacy Morrison (now Editor in Chief of BlogHer.com), comedian Jaime Fernandez, New York City creative writing teacher Susan Buttenwieser, social justice attorney and LGBT activist Nívea Castro and author Tracy Beckerman (whose book Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir comes out in early April).
Showcasing moving, socially relevant and humorous stories about a range of modern mothering experiences, the Listen To Your Mother Reading Series is a unique national event taking place this May in 24 cities across the United States. The series features local established writers and performers taking the stage with local first time writers and performers as they share poignant personal essays in front of live audiences, making for an unforgettable experience and a worthwhile way to celebrate Mother’s Day.
Also featured in the NYC cast are preschool teacher and day camp director Sasha Schreiner, actors Laura Pruden and Elizabeth Robinson, Harlem native DeBorah Gray, novelist Rebecca Land Soodak (Henny on the Couch), and writers Mary Beth Coudal, Kim Forde, Nicole Goodwin, Marinka, Barb Patrick, Sofia Quintero (who recently won a Women’s Media Center Social Media Award), Sandy Rustin (who wrote the hit Off-Broadway show Rated P for Parenthood) and Virginia Watkins.
The NYC show is being directed by Broadway and TV actress, The Huffington Post contributor, and author Amy Wilson and is being produced by Varda Steinhardt and Holly Rosen Fink with Shari Simpson as Assistant Director (Amy, Varda and Shari will also be readers at the show).
The NYC production will be donating 10% of proceeds to the non-profit national hunger relief organization Family-to-Family and their Hurricane Sandy relief efforts (each Listen To Your Mother show/city donates 10% of all ticket proceeds to local non-profit causes that support women and families in need).
Born of the blogosphere and mothers who publish online, the Listen To Your Mother Reading Series is changing the way America celebrates Mother’s Day, one story at a time. Started in Madison, Wisconsin in 2010 by humorist and blogger Ann Imig, it has evolved into an exciting national storytelling series and every show’s process, from auditions to rehearsals to the final performances, are shared online via socialmedia. Last year the series took place in 10 U.S. cities and has expanded to 24 this year.
The Listen To Your Mother Reading Series NYC Show will take place on Mother’s Day, Sunday, 5/12 at 5pm at Peter Norton Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street). Tickets are $25 (advance), $30 (at the door) and can be purchased in advance online at www.ListenToYourMotherShow.com/NYC. For more information on the Listen To Your Mother Reading Series please visit www.ListenToYourMotherShow.com.
Disclosure: I am on the producing crew of this show so I am biassed! Get your tickets now!