producing motherhood

A couple of weeks ago I spent an entire Saturday and the following Monday and Tuesday evenings sitting in a chair, my coffee cup and bags of Hot Tamales within arm’s reach, listening to stories. We were auditioning potential cast members for Listen to Your Mother: Austin.

There were beautiful stories, hilarious stories, heartfelt stories, and feel good stories. OMG THE STORIES. Austin has some wicked talent.

I anticipated that producing this show would be a challenge. I didn’t know anything about putting a show together, other than what little I took from being in the cast in 2012.  The fun part is listening to the essays. How I love listening to the essays. But then there’s the work – the expenses, the marketing, the spreadsheets, OH THE SPREADSHEETS. Little did I know that I would tap back into my left-brain, giving the tired hamster a little exercise on his rusty old wheel. It’s been a while, dude.

My team and I are constantly switching hats, from mom to producer, to director, to printer to accountant to circus clown (usually me). We shift our meetings around child care and school schedules, and then we jet off to start the pick up process. Kristin left auditions early one day to care for her sick little boy. We hold Google hangouts with Tinkerbell running in the background. We stop most work activities in the afternoon hours, so as to devote that time to snacks and homework and playing, and then once the kids are rendered unconscious (like asleep, not like we knocked them out. Maybe.), we start the frenzy of emails back and forth again.

Slowly but surely, it’s coming together. We’re mothering this little show, giving it love, building it up the way we want it, and even comparing it to others, then finding out that, much like your real babies, you can’t compare your show-baby to any other show-babies. Because this show-baby is OUR show-baby, and it will be the best show-baby we can make it.

The 2014 production of Listen to Your Mother Austin takes place on Thursday, May 8 at 7 pm and Saturday, May 10 at 3 pm. Tickets to our show-baby can be found on Eventbrite, and you can find the 2014 cast list on our LTYM Austin site. Can’t wait to see you there.

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  1. Wait just one minute….do we share a love for Hot Tamales?!?! I knew there was something different/special about you…

    1. I am so damn excited for YOU guys! And thank you for sharing Heather with us. We love her.

  2. I’m a little overwhelmed just being a cast member this year so I can’t even imagine what it’s like to be a producer – the emotion of it.
    The workload.
    The emotion.
    (Yes. I said emotion twice.) Because I’m sure you care THAT MUCH.

    I’m just sure of it.

    1. It’s still a little surreal, watching it all come together. Luckily I have the benefit of having been in a show, so I at least know what the end product SHOULD look like. It’s the background stuff that’s all new to me! (And I’m so excited for you!)

  3. I don’t know what Elaine and I would do without Twitter direct messaging. 95% of decisions for our show baby have been made via that resource.

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