2016 marks the sophomore year of Pittsburgh’s production of Listen To Your Mother. With another excellent cast sharing stories of various looks at mothers, mothering, and all-encompassing motherhood, we took the stage at one of Pittsburgh’s icons–the Carnegie Public Library’s Lecture Hall–on May 6th. It was a fantastic night full of warmth, honesty, heartbreak, and hilarity. The audience made great use of tissues wiping away tears sympathizing with heart wrenching stories and then from cry-laughing at hilarious pieces.
At the start of the season as we were ready to hold auditions, I had concerns about whether or not we’d be able to live up to the excellence of our inaugural show, but those worries were unfounded … because this year’s show lined up to be really, really good.
This year Listen To Your Mother had forty-one shows nationally–and one in Canada!, with five hundred varied stories being told. It’s an honor and privilege for Stephanie, Amanda and me to be part of this incredible show as Pittsburgh’s production team. We feel blessed that these women trusted us with their stories and we’re humbled to be a part of bringing them to you.
Without further ado, here’s the 2016 Listen To Your Mother: Pittsburgh show:
(Click the titles for links to watch each piece. **If you weren’t at the show and you have the time, I highly recommend watching them in order so you experience the journey we crafted to take you on the ride of motherhood with all its ups and downs.)
The Other Woman: Sometimes you’re just not prepared for when your young son has his first crush. Sometimes the story makes you sing a little.
Will I Be the Heroine of My Own Story?: In the midst of looking for the heroine in own story, Casey realizes she’s been filling that role for someone else her entire life.
I Didn’t Know It Would Feel This Way: Jenna shares the perspective of adoption that isn’t often considered–the experience of the birth mom.
Veldorah J. Rice
The Name of Me: When Veldorah first thought to host an orphan from Latvia, neither she nor the teenager she met could have expected the bond and family they would create.
Chemical Reaction: Melissa shares her heartbreaking-turned-heart-full journey to motherhood and how science made her dreams come true.
The Lantern: Realizing she can’t go back to fix the mistakes she made not appreciating her “second mother,” Erin uses the lessons she learned about life and motherhood with her young son.
Let Moms Go Home: Muffy’s passionate reading about the challenges faced by Black families is expertly broken down to two critical factors: time and love.
Kathy Wucher Martz
Never Too Late for Love: Kathy learns hilarious and important lessons about love as she navigates the wild world of dating through the experiences of her 80-year-old mother.
For the Love of Pockets: While musing over her son’s adorable quirks and his excitement for life, Rachael details how she falls more in love with being a mom and motherhood every day.
You Can’t Have It All: Pregnant women often hear the advice “you can’t have it all,” but Kerry has learned while that’s true, you can have so much more.
Nina Ellen Rusnock
Redefining Grateful: When Nina had to wait for her infant son to receive a heart transplant, she learned the true meaning of being grateful.
Code Word:Kerry learns about her children’s concerns for her bipolar disorder. Together they create a plan to make them all feel empowered and united.
Drowning in Motherhood: Being a mom isn’t easy and some days are tougher than others. In this hilarious reading, Stephanietalks about the struggle to just keep swimming to keep from drowning in motherhood.
The Plain Unmarked Box Arrived: Lori shares this hysterical story of the lengths a couple with young children will go to keep romance alive in their marriage.
That’s a wrap for 2016!! See you next year!
*If you’re in the Pittsburgh area and want to audition for next year’s show, be sure to bookmark our website and watch for audition info in January 2017: http://listentoyourmothershow.com/pittsburgh/.
Not in Pittsburgh but have a story to share? Check out http://listentoyourmothershow.com/ to find a city near you!
photo credit: Ashley Mikula Photography