3 Minute Documentary: Founder Ann Imig on the Listen To Your Mother Show

3 Minute Documentary: Founder Ann Imig on the Listen To Your Mother Show



A 2013 interview with LTYM founder Ann Imig on the story behind LTYM

Tom we're rolling speed now you're getting better at this listen your mother is half live performance half social media project let me start that over again Pitt the national series of local readers reading their own writing about motherhood in celebration of Mother's Day it's a live experience where you sit in the audience and you just hear your neighbors so you'll see between 12 and 15 readers and it's so simple it's just chairs a microphone and a podium people come and they bring their sister or they're there some people bring their husband or their partner or their mom I mean we have three and four generations of families coming it's amazing you do not have to be a mother to appreciate a listen to your mother show in fact often the husbands are crying harder than anyone else part of the promise of a listen to your mother show is that you're seeing a well-produced crafted event that's going to leave everyone feeling good and energized and thinking there have been some like best-selling authors who've read in the show but the heart of the show is people who've never done anything like this who don't even realize they have a story to tell until they see the audition notice and then they go and they write it ten minutes before the audition and blow my mind some of the words that come to me when I think about the audience experience other words me too and I know from people who've been in it that afterward in the lobby people come up to them and they say me too because oftentimes the people who are on stage sharing their stories are telling a story that other people in the audience are also experienced in their own way and it's incredibly validating for people and my favorite thing is when people my mom's age or my grandmother's age come up to me in the lobby and they thanked me and I feel like what they're saying is like we never had this opportunity so the thing that really excites me about the 2013 20 for City season is that it really feels like listen to her mother has become a national movement from Madison 25 cities to 10 cities to 24 but their 23,000 cities in the United States we just take you on a journey just like any good piece of writing our good piece of theatre it changes the way you look at people for a while when you look at people as everyone has a story you will walk away forever change

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