Win Tickets to 'Listen to Your Mother: Raleigh-Durham'
Experience motherhood through a variety of perspectives
Photos courtesy of Jess Rotenburg Photography
My 6-year-old excels at pushing every button I have and, last night, after a full day of poor listening, backtalk and whining, I finally shouted, “Listen to your mother!” I took a deep breath and smiled. “Listen to your mother” is on my mind constantly right now since Marty Long and I are in the thick of preparing for our fourth season of "Listen to Your Mother."
I had a tiny worry as we started this fourth year about whether we would be able to find new stories for the show. Hadn’t we heard it all? After all, even Hollywood keeps redoing the same movies over and over. The answer (of course) was an emphatic "No." We were blown away by the 40-plus stories we had the privilege of hearing. Even if the theme or experience had been covered before, it was new because it was this woman’s words, that woman’s background, point of view and experience.
Motherhood seems like it should be the most well-documented experience in the world, yet it isn’t. It remains shrouded in mystery and, too often, isolation. This movement, this show and these stories are important, necessary examples of mothering or being mothered in all its complex, glorious, and less-than-glorious moments. It allows us to shine a spotlight on the diversity of motherhood, yet still makes room for that gasp of “me too,” and that is why I am so proud to help bring this show to the area for the 4th time.
This year’s cast features 10 new and one returning reader and is more diverse and statewide than ever before, with cast members coming from the Triangle as well as Surry, Guilford and Alamance counties. From connecting generations through a “period party,” the death of a child, a child trying to save her mother’s life, the pain of infertility, laying down the rules, a teacher and her 150-plus children, mothering a gender creative child and much more, this year's stories are told from the heart and will make you laugh, cry and nod along.
Join us on May 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Jones Auditorium at Meredith College for this year’s show. Our cause partner this year is the amazing Women’s Center of Wake County, which will receive a percentage of ticket sales. We will also be collecting feminine hygiene necessities the night of the show for the Women's Center to distribute. You can find out more information about this year's show here.
We also have a giveaway for two tickets to this year’s show! Comment on the post about a time you listened to your mother or were listened to, and we’ll randomly draw a winner from all who participate. If you don't have Facebook and are unable to comment, please fill out the form below. If you fill out the form AND comment on the post, you'll get a bonus entry in the contest! This giveaway ends April 18, 2016.
Congratulations to our winner, Emily Phillips of Raleigh. Thanks to all who participated!
KeAnne Hoeg is co-producer of "Listen to Your Mother: Raleigh-Durham." She lives in Raleigh with her husband, 6-year-old son and two cats and works full-time at North Carolina State University.