Mother’s Day weekend in Spokane was a success! My girlfriends and I had a wonderful time bonding in the countryside, and the Listen To Your Mother show went off without a hitch. I was honored to be part of such an amazing cast. Everyone nailed it and gave their best performance yet. The audience was extremely supportive, and I was able to talk to a few people who were personally touched by my story after the show.
I got past my nervousness, and read my piece with sincerity and vulnerability (I hope). My aim was to be as real and as in the moment as the lights, audience, and nerves would allow. I can confidently say that I did the best I could.
Here’s something interesting. The audience laughed during a portion of my essay. My piece was not intended to be funny. At all. In fact, it was at the pinnacle of my emotional vulnerability that the audience laughed.
I spoke to some friends and family after the show, and they suggested that it was the heaviness of the content that caused the audience to laugh. Perhaps they were looking for comedic relief. Or. Perhaps they were simply shocked at what I’d said.
Regardless, it was strange to be on stage and have a reaction the opposite of what I’d expected. I was just happy that I’d already released some emotion, and I wasn’t faced with crying while the audience laughed.
I hope to post the video soon so you can judge for yourselves. Until then, here are a few pics from the evening.
One of the highlights of the weekend was rehearsing in the country on the night before the show. I read to the trees, the hills, two horses, a few chickens, the rain and sunshine. I read through it twice, and I knew I was ready.
I was very happy that my mom was there to support me and share this special, unique Mother’s Day with me.
My support crew. Aka “Girlfriends who get it.”