Feb
5
Thu
“Listen To Your Mother” Audition
Feb 5 @ 4:00 pm

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER is coming to the Manship Theater in Baton Rouge this spring around Mother’s Day and needs local people to tell their stories about motherhood!

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER is a 90 minute live-reading show that consists of local people telling their stories about motherhood and our tagline is “giving motherhood a microphone.” Our target audience is moms, people who have a mom, and people who know and love moms…In other words, everybody! Ten percent of all ticket proceeds will go directly to Hope House (a local rehabilitative home for victims of sex trafficking) and I am so excited to raise both funds and awareness for such an amazing cause.

This movement started five years ago in Indiana and has blown up to now include shows across America. There will be 39 shows this year nationwide spanning from San Francisco, to Austin, to Chicago, to New York and everywhere in between! We hope this will become an annual production here in Baton Rouge as it has become in so many other unique and diverse places across the country.

Do I need to memorize my story?

Don’t waste time memorizing your essay because these are readings, not monologues. As long as you are familiar enough with your material to look up from the page and engage with your audience, you will be fine! We just want to feel like you are telling us a story as opposed to reading from a script.

How do I write a story for the stage? What would I say?

Our founder Ann Imig offers some great tips on this here. Also, here is an awesome article from LTYM veteran Stephanie Precourt on how to figure out what to write about. If you need more ideas you can always check out our YouTube channel and watch previous shows to see what we are generally looking for.

What types of motherhood stories do you really want?

We want all types of stories about motherhood. Seriously, all the things!! Your experience as a mother, your experience with your mother, your personal thoughts on being a mother or mother figure, your journey to become a mother, your reasons to NOT become a mother. Whether you’ve never been a mother, never had a mother, or are desperate to become a mother, you still have a story to tell. The good, bad, ugly, and the magical. All of it!

Really anything goes as long as Motherhood is the star. Just because you tell your story as a mom, doesn’t make it about motherhood. It can be glorious and gutsy, hilarious or heart-wrenching, and it must be a true story written by you. Previously published work is accepted if you retain the rights/have express permission to use the piece.

Here is the “perfect” example of a great story, and we ALL have a story to tell! Erin dispels the myth of perfection in motherhood. She reminds us that we are ALL perfect in our children’s eyes…

Do I have to be a mother to be in the show?

No! You don’t even have to be a woman! You just need to tell us a motherhood story. This means you, husbands, daughters, sons, nieces, nephews, and grandkids! ANYONE can audition, the only requirement is that your stories be authentic, it must be your story to share!

How long should my piece be?

With only 90 minutes of stage time, we do have to limit the length of each reading. We are looking for essays that take approximately five minutes to read aloud. Try to make edits before you audition. As much as we may LOVE your 15-minute reading, we probably won’t have time to work with you on cutting it down to a manageable length.

But I am so nervous!

There is no need to be nervous about your audition! LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER is about storytelling, and the stories that we select will be the ones that best fit together as a cohesive show and tell a variety of stories about motherhood. Also, auditions are closed and private. When you audition, it will just be the three of us- you, me and a casting assistant. Much like Vegas, what happens in the LTYM audition room stays in the audition room. Your words are safe with us.

What should I wear to the audition?

No need for prom dresses and formal wear here! On the day of your audition, please come in comfortable and casual clothes.

Ok, I am ready to audition!

Great! Here is what you need to know:

You must be able to commit to two rehearsals (March 21 & April 18) as well as be available from 11am-7pm on show day, May 3, 2015.

Auditions are by APPOINTMENT ONLY on Thursday, February 5 from 4–8pm and Saturday, February 7 from 10am–4pm in Baton Rouge.

TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT send an email to Meghan at ltymbatonrouge@gmail.com with “Audition” as the subject line. Please include your name and availability during the listed times. Appointments will be first come, first served until all slots are filled. If you do not have access to email, please call (225) 366-9296.

Feb
7
Sat
“Listen To Your Mother” Audition
Feb 7 @ 10:00 am

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER is coming to the Manship Theater in Baton Rouge this spring around Mother’s Day and needs local people to tell their stories about motherhood!

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER is a 90 minute live-reading show that consists of local people telling their stories about motherhood and our tagline is “giving motherhood a microphone.” Our target audience is moms, people who have a mom, and people who know and love moms…In other words, everybody! Ten percent of all ticket proceeds will go directly to Hope House (a local rehabilitative home for victims of sex trafficking) and I am so excited to raise both funds and awareness for such an amazing cause.

This movement started five years ago in Indiana and has blown up to now include shows across America. There will be 39 shows this year nationwide spanning from San Francisco, to Austin, to Chicago, to New York and everywhere in between! We hope this will become an annual production here in Baton Rouge as it has become in so many other unique and diverse places across the country.

Do I need to memorize my story?

Don’t waste time memorizing your essay because these are readings, not monologues. As long as you are familiar enough with your material to look up from the page and engage with your audience, you will be fine! We just want to feel like you are telling us a story as opposed to reading from a script.

How do I write a story for the stage? What would I say?

Our founder Ann Imig offers some great tips on this here. Also, here is an awesome article from LTYM veteran Stephanie Precourt on how to figure out what to write about. If you need more ideas you can always check out our YouTube channel and watch previous shows to see what we are generally looking for.

What types of motherhood stories do you really want?

We want all types of stories about motherhood. Seriously, all the things!! Your experience as a mother, your experience with your mother, your personal thoughts on being a mother or mother figure, your journey to become a mother, your reasons to NOT become a mother. Whether you’ve never been a mother, never had a mother, or are desperate to become a mother, you still have a story to tell. The good, bad, ugly, and the magical. All of it!

Really anything goes as long as Motherhood is the star. Just because you tell your story as a mom, doesn’t make it about motherhood. It can be glorious and gutsy, hilarious or heart-wrenching, and it must be a true story written by you. Previously published work is accepted if you retain the rights/have express permission to use the piece.

Here is the “perfect” example of a great story, and we ALL have a story to tell! Erin dispels the myth of perfection in motherhood. She reminds us that we are ALL perfect in our children’s eyes…

Do I have to be a mother to be in the show?

No! You don’t even have to be a woman! You just need to tell us a motherhood story. This means you, husbands, daughters, sons, nieces, nephews, and grandkids! ANYONE can audition, the only requirement is that your stories be authentic, it must be your story to share!

How long should my piece be?

With only 90 minutes of stage time, we do have to limit the length of each reading. We are looking for essays that take approximately five minutes to read aloud. Try to make edits before you audition. As much as we may LOVE your 15-minute reading, we probably won’t have time to work with you on cutting it down to a manageable length.

But I am so nervous!

There is no need to be nervous about your audition! LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER is about storytelling, and the stories that we select will be the ones that best fit together as a cohesive show and tell a variety of stories about motherhood. Also, auditions are closed and private. When you audition, it will just be the three of us- you, me and a casting assistant. Much like Vegas, what happens in the LTYM audition room stays in the audition room. Your words are safe with us.

What should I wear to the audition?

No need for prom dresses and formal wear here! On the day of your audition, please come in comfortable and casual clothes.

Ok, I am ready to audition!

Great! Here is what you need to know:

You must be able to commit to two rehearsals (March 21 & April 18) as well as be available from 11am-7pm on show day, May 3, 2015.

Auditions are by APPOINTMENT ONLY on Thursday, February 5 from 4–8pm and Saturday, February 7 from 10am–4pm in Baton Rouge.

TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT send an email to Meghan at ltymbatonrouge@gmail.com with “Audition” as the subject line. Please include your name and availability during the listed times. Appointments will be first come, first served until all slots are filled. If you do not have access to email, please call (225) 366-9296.

Feb
14
Sat
Spanish Town’s 35th Annual Mardi Gras Parade
Feb 14 @ 12:00 pm

Spanish Town Mardi Gras

Spanish Town’s 35th Annual Parade will rock out once again on Saturday, February 14th at 12 noon. Parade begins on Spanish Town Road and Fifth Street and ending on Lafayette Street and Main Street. This Krewe rolls with a fleet of 85 – 90 crazy-schemed floats or more. Dancing to the marching bands, hands poised for catching exotic goodies. Come early and bring your lawn chairs. Join King Shelby Holmes, Queen Johanna Smith, and Grand Marshal Allen Kirkpatrick in the 2015 parade. You don’t want to miss this Krewe and their parade!

Spanish Town Mardi Gras 26th Annual Ball will be held on January 31, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Baton Rouge River Center. The doors open at 7 p.m. and let the music begin at 7:30 p.m. The headlining band will be “Bucktown All Stars” and also the Eddie Smith Band. Dress will be costume or creative formal put your best ideas to work!

Parade Map

Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade map
NOTE** The Alcohol Free Zone is designated from the north side of Convention Street between 5th and 7th Streets.

Mar
5
Thu
Swine Palace Presents “The Good Body” Benefiting STAR @ LSU College of Music And Dramatic Arts
Mar 5 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Swine Palace presents Eve Ensler’s “The Good Body” on March 5th, 6th and 7th at the LSU Studio Theatre in the LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building as a benefit for STAR.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Doors at 7 p.m., performance at 7:30 p.m.

Eve Ensler, author of “The Vagina Monologues,” turns her unique eye to the rest of the female form with “The Good Body.” Whether undergoing botox injections or living beneath burqas, women of all cultures and backgrounds feel compelled to change the way they look in order to fit in. “The Good Body” merges cross-cultural explorations with Eve’s own personal journey coming to terms with her “less-than-flat, post-forties stomach.”

“Passionate, funny, frank, revealing, even shocking, and genuinely committed to improving life on this planet.” – San Francisco Chronicle

Mar
6
Fri
Swine Palace Presents “The Good Body” Benefiting STAR @ LSU College of Music And Dramatic Arts
Mar 6 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Swine Palace presents Eve Ensler’s “The Good Body” on March 5th, 6th and 7th at the LSU Studio Theatre in the LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building as a benefit for STAR.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Doors at 7 p.m., performance at 7:30 p.m.

Eve Ensler, author of “The Vagina Monologues,” turns her unique eye to the rest of the female form with “The Good Body.” Whether undergoing botox injections or living beneath burqas, women of all cultures and backgrounds feel compelled to change the way they look in order to fit in. “The Good Body” merges cross-cultural explorations with Eve’s own personal journey coming to terms with her “less-than-flat, post-forties stomach.”

“Passionate, funny, frank, revealing, even shocking, and genuinely committed to improving life on this planet.” – San Francisco Chronicle

Mar
7
Sat
Swine Palace Presents “The Good Body” Benefiting STAR @ LSU College of Music And Dramatic Arts
Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Swine Palace presents Eve Ensler’s “The Good Body” on March 5th, 6th and 7th at the LSU Studio Theatre in the LSU Music and Dramatic Arts Building as a benefit for STAR.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Doors at 7 p.m., performance at 7:30 p.m.

Eve Ensler, author of “The Vagina Monologues,” turns her unique eye to the rest of the female form with “The Good Body.” Whether undergoing botox injections or living beneath burqas, women of all cultures and backgrounds feel compelled to change the way they look in order to fit in. “The Good Body” merges cross-cultural explorations with Eve’s own personal journey coming to terms with her “less-than-flat, post-forties stomach.”

“Passionate, funny, frank, revealing, even shocking, and genuinely committed to improving life on this planet.” – San Francisco Chronicle

Mar
13
Fri
An Evening of Photography and Community @ Napoleon's Itch
Mar 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Come and join us for a evening of photography and community in Napoleon’s Itch Green Room.

We will be presenting two internationally award winning photographers speaking about their LGBTQ+ campaigns.
This event is FREE and open to the public of all ages. Come out and network with your community.

Copies of the books will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation is complete.

Photographers will be on hand to take your photos for possible use in a future project and for your personal use.

Please only click going if you will be attending this event and RSVP by clicking “TICKETS AVAILABLE” link.

The two campaigns presented are:

“First Comes Love: Portraits of Enduring LGBTQ Relationships (Soleil Press) 2014

FIRST COMES LOVE is a celebration of enduring relationships in the LGBTQ community. Through a series of moving black-and-white portraits and accompanying stories in a 148 page, hardbound book, B. Proud, a Philadelphia based photography and university professor, illuminates the real lives of over 60 couples who have been together from between 10 to 59 years. Begun at time when same-sex marriage was in its infancy in the United States and the Defense of Marriage Act was the law of the land, these portraits show the deep-seated love between couples who have long considered themselves committed. Gathered here is a diverse collection of LGBTQ couples, including the California Proposition 8 Plaintiffs, Edie Windsor, the first couple married in the nation’s capital, the Mayor of Houston, Bishop Gene Robinson, gay pioneers Barbara Gittings, Kay Lahusen, and Lilli Vincenz, and many more. Breaking down the stereotypes of a community typically characterized by rainbow flags and gay pride parades, these portraits ask us to look beyond the surface and beyond the labels and see the true nature of these people who are deeply in love. Endorsed by the presidents of both the Human Rights Campaign and Freedom to Marry and with a foreword by Edie Windsor herself, “First Comes Love” is a must-have for every LGBTQ coffee table and library.

AND

Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus is a photographic essay that explores the spectrum of experiences told from the perspective of a diverse group of youth ages 14-24, identifying as queer (i.e. lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning). Portraits are presented without judgment or stereotype by eliminating environmental influence with a stark white backdrop. This backdrop acts as a blank canvas to be filled with each subject’s point of view, handwritten onto the final darkroom print. Because this project spans over ten years, we are able to see a shift in the themes discussed by the LGBTQ youth during the fight for equality.

Rachelle Lee Smith is an award winning, nationally, and
internationally shown and published photographer. Her ongoing photographic essay Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus is a body of work that has been published in magazines
such as The Advocate, School Library Journal, Warszawski Festiwal
Fotografii Artystycznej, HRC’s Equality and showcased by World Pride, the Equality Forum, the Human Rights Campaign, National Public Radio, Public
Television and the U.S. Department of Education. This work was published this year by PM Press in the book Speaking Out: Queer Youth in Focus with a foreword and afterword by Candace Gingrich and Graeme Taylor.

May
3
Sun
Listen To Your Mother @ The Manship Theatre
May 3 @ 2:00 pm

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER is a show that consists of local people telling their stories about motherhood and our tagline is “giving motherhood a microphone.” The mission of each LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER production is to take the audience on a well-crafted journey that celebrates and validates mothering through giving voice to motherhood–in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor.

This movement started five years ago in Indiana and has blown up to now include shows across America. There will be 39 shows this year nationwide spanning from San Francisco, to Austin, to Chicago, to New York and everywhere in between! We hope this will become an annual production here in Baton Rouge as it has become in so many other unique and diverse places across the country.

hope-houseLISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER aims to support motherhood creatively through artistic expression, and also financially–through contributions to non-profit organizations supporting families in need. Ten percent of all ticket proceeds will go directly to Hope House (a local rehabilitative home for victims of sex trafficking)

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER 2015 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT


Jun
14
Sun
“L Word Mississippi” Screening @ Metropolitan Community Church
Jun 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

lwordposter

Special Guest Speaker, Brandiilyne Dear (of L Word Mississippi fame) @ 11:00 a.m., followed by an INDOORS Picnic Lunch sponsored by MCCBR and Capital City Alliance (CCA) @ 12:15. Stay for a screening of GLAAD Award winning documentary: L Word Mississippi @ 1:00 p.m.!