You know that feeling you get when you’re with old friends who “get” you? You can share laugh-out-loud moments and “cry along with you” tears in a matter of minutes? That’s how I feel about being a cast member of Listen To Your Mother Providence. It’s like an emotional shower for the soul. Like gathering with old friends, yet it’s a group of women who have never met together before.
I promise that’s how you will feel as an audience member on May 4 when this inspiring national series makes its debut in Providence. Listen to Your Mother is a national series of live readings by local writers in celebration of Mother’s Day. Born of the creative mind of Ann Imig and the work of mothers who publish online, every production featured in 24 cities across the country is directed, produced and performed by local communities for local communities.
Providence hosts its inaugural show on Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m. at the historical Providence Public Library Auditorium (http://www.provlib.org/). The local dream-team behind the first Listen to Your Mother Providence cast are co-directors, co-producers, moms and bloggers, Laura Rossi Totten (www.laurarossipublicrelations.com) and Carla Molina Martins (www.allofmenow.com/). Cast members include Lauren Jordan, Kirsten DiChiappari, Alicia Kamm, Marian Kent, Stephanie Lazenby, Jessica Severson, Brianne DeRosa, Kelly Baraf, Jennifer Ciplet, Phyllis Kim Myung, Lexi Magnusson, Laura Rossi Totten, Carla Molina and me, Jackie Hennessey. Local sponsors include Rhody Mamas, Rejuvaderm, Haute Tags, Egan Images, Tong Collection and Ian Travis Barnard Photography to name just a few.
We gathered a few weeks ago for our first rehearsal and all I can say is, “Wow”. All these women in one place. With so much to say. Such talent. Such creativity. I was humbled to the core. As we listened to one another read our pieces aloud, it was more than a rehearsal, it was an experience.
We all come from different places. And by that, I don’t just mean geographically, with cast members coming from Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. As far as our readings, we’re all baring something different. Our backgrounds, our stories, our experiences. From poetry to comedy, from personal journal to light-hearted camaraderie, every reading flows naturally to the next, like a beautifully choreographed dance. Every person is contributing something in celebration of Mother’s Day. In a matter of 90 minutes, I went from sobbing to cackling out loud and back to grabbing the box of tissues again. It all comes back to “giving mother's day a microphone”.
What struck me is how well we got along from the very beginning. What's that saying? “Start as strangers, leave as friends.” That makes sense whether part of the cast or member of the audience. After our first rehearsal, we all felt something powerful. It’s as if the cast, brought together by Carla and Laura, was simply meant to be. There is a rhythm to the readings in Listen to Your Mother Providence that truly gives motherhood a microphone. And we’re looking forward to sharing it with you on May 4.
To learn more about the show and cast, visit the Providence Listen To Your Mother website here: http://www.listentoyourmothershow.com/providence/2013/03/22/announcing-the-listen-to-your-mother-providence-2013-cast/
Or the national website here:
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Jackie is a local writer and pr professional who blogs about her take on motherhood at www.ventingsessions.com and writes about it in her book, How to Spread Sanity on a Cracker. Jackie will join the Listen to Your Mother Providence cast on Saturday, May 4, for a special event that gives Mother’s Day a microphone.