Category Archives: Past/Present Expressing Motherhood Performers

Bring Expressing Motherhood to Your Community

Expressing Motherhood is growing again.

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I am currently in the process of talking to locals from their cities to bring the #ExMoShow to their town.

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Expressing Motherhood did this back in 2010 when my generous sister-in-law Sabrina Kavet brought it to Boston. I kept having so many babies I needed to keep the show at a certain level for awhile but now I’m not having any more babies and my youngest is almost 4.

So bring on more cities!

If you are interested in Producing Expressing Motherhood in your town and Directing it please email me. lindsay(at)expressing motherhood.com. I will guide you.

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Anna Bocci West Launces Orange Drive West

Anna Bocci West is a mom living in Los Angeles who is a working actor.

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We were lucky enough to have her in our Burbank show. She has recently broadened her artistic path and has launched a design blog called Orange Drive Design.

 

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She will be continuing her acting career as well but she has been loving working on home interiors, especially working along side her husband Joel. She is enjoying being in more control of her work and to be able to be creative in another way.

You can follow Orange Drive Design on Instagram and Pinterest!

 

ExMo Alum Writes and Directs Her Movie

Paige Morrow Kimball performed with us years ago in Venice, CA.

We are thrilled that the feature length film she wrote and directed will be screening in downtown LA this month.

She was tired of not seeing enough women represented in films who were not 30 and below. So she decided to start making them.

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See the information below.

“ENDING UP” SCREENS IN
LOS ANGELES!

Saturday March 22 @6pm

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA)
at the AT&T Center, Downtown LA:
1139 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

(AT&T Center parking: 1133 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA)

The Screening will be Followed by a Q & A and best of all…
A ROOFTOP BAR RECEPTION!!!!!!

Tickets are Inexpensive…only $5 in advance, $7 at the door
or $15 with open bar!

 

The screenings are open to the public and there is no need to RSVP.
But it is highly recommended that tickets are
pre-purchased as they normally sell out:

http://www.newfilmmakersla.com/

Wear Red On Opening Night

Opening night, February 7th, is also National Wear Red Day in honor of raising awareness against hear disease.

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Heart disease is the #1 killer of women, more then any cancer combined.

If you haven’t seen the PSA that the actress Elizabeth Banks made then here it is.

I had her experience, except I was fortunate to not be having a heart attack, rather I was diagnosed with AVNRT.

I literally didn’t leave for the ER for 45 minutes, because I didn’t want my husband to wake up our napping kids. I drove myself.

It was the scariest situation in my life at the ER being administered medicine to my heart, which stopped my heart, 3 times, to try and slow it down.

I had ignored my heart all Fall and now I know not to do that.

I have alleviated stress and I drink a lot more water and less caffeine and also take a beta-blocker. I haven’t had another attack since last May, woo to the hoo.

I’ve talked to a few women who have admitted, their hearts have been acting “funny” only they just ignore it. Don’t ignore your hearts moms.

We need them to live.

So wear red opening night if you feel up to it!

Helpful Info on the Show

Our show opens February 7th.  Here is some helpful info on it.

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Parking

The theatre has ample street parking but please allow yourself to get to the theatre 30 minutes before showtime. That way you won’t stress trying to find a spot and you can grab a glass of wine. We do start our shows on time, so NYC of us.

Tickets

Tickets are $30 for opening night if you buy your ticket online. At the door the tickets will be $35.

All other nights tickets are $25 online and $30 at the door.

We take cash or credit card, no checks please.

Food & Drink

We will be selling tamales at all shows, while supplies last. Delicious, no lard tamales. We always sell wine and water. We might have a food truck for closing night, we’ll let you know if that happens!

Special Things Happening

Each night we seem to have something cool going on. Here is a run-down.

February 7th – Hosted by ClubMomMe, the price of your ticket includes a glass of wine and a goody bag. **Wear RED! February 7th is National Wear Red Day in honor of Heart Disease. Heart Disease is the #1 killer of women, we are excited that the American Heart Association will be giving away information at our opening night. We will be in red for sure.

February 8th –

February 9th –

2:00PM Matinee – Coupons from Wax Poetic for all in the audience. $20 off a $40 service, that’s a 50% savings.

7:00PM – Talk back right after the show ends.

February 14th – Romantic Giveaway Getaway from The Tangerine Hotel. Free Champagne for all!

February 15th – A fabulous show.

February 16th –

2:00PM – A fabulous show.

7:00PM – Talk back with the cast right after the show ends.

Meet Susanna Morgan

Meet Susanna Morgan. She will be performing in our upcoming Hollywood show. She had the last audience roaring with laughter and I’m betting will do the same again. 

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1. How did you hear about ExMo? 
I heard about ExMo through Sarah Maizes, who’s a writer in one of my “secret” Facebook groups for Southern California Mom Bloggers. She’s an alum, writer and all around fabulous person.

2. How many kids do you have? Do you work outside of the home?
I have two boys, six and nine. I work, but inside my home. I’m a featured blogger for DivorcedMoms.com, where I write about being, well, a divorced mom, parenting and relationships. I try and do so with a dose of humor and reality but sometimes stuff just sucks and has to be addressed as such too.

3. How do you express yourself creatively?
I recently had some sort of approaching 40 crisis and dyed parts of my hair purple. I LOVE it. I’ve also been pondering a tattoo but can’t pull the trigger (on the tattoo gun). I enjoy performing in spoken word performances and oversharing on Facebook, Twitter and my blog. I’d actually really like to start crafting or creating in some other way. I am attending a canning party soon, so maybe I’ll be a creative prepper.

4. Have you ever performed before? In ExMo or other shows.
This will be my second time performing in Expressing Motherhood (both times talking about sex) and I performed this past Fall in Spark Off Rose on the topic of “Lie, Cheat and Steal.” Um, which was also sort of about sex. Or lack of and/or with other people. And the end of my marriage. I have boundary issues in sharing.
5. What do you love about being a mom in LA? What do you find challenging?
I love the weather and diversity of L.A.! Nope, hate L.A., but that’s what you’re supposed to say. I’m slowly venturing out of my west side bubble and discovering more neighborhoods  I like better, and, through ExMo alums/friends I’ve found a whole spoken work performance scene that I dig and keeps me more sane for daytime parenting. I do like that these is a lot to do in L.A. with kiddos, but the traffic and layout of the city make it a major challenge to do so without some sort of military level planning to avoid traffic, street closures, political protests, etc.

Meet Upcoming Performer Amanda MacKinnon

Meet Amanda MacKinnon. She is flying in from Boston to perform in the show! This always amazes us that people will do this. Makes us happy of course. We can’t wait to hang with you Amanda.

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How did you hear about ExMo? 

An acquaintance performed in your Boston show.

 

How many kids do you have? Do you work outside of the home?

I have two boys.   Outside, like in the yard?  Other than gardening, I don’t work outside of the home.

 

How do you express yourself creatively?

I’ve never thought of myself as a creative person.  In my pre-kid life I was an intellectual property lawyer, which involved lots of formulaic writing, but not terribly “creative” writing.

 

Have you ever performed before? In ExMo or other shows.

No. This is scary for me.

 

What do you love about being a mom in LA? What do you find challenging?

 

I’m not an LA mom.  But, what I love about being a suburban Boston mom is…going to LA becomes a fun field trip?! Really, I hope I can hold my own with the LA moms.  All of this back and forth about sending in the link to our websites and submitting our headshots has me thinking that I am in way over my head.  That’s what I anticipate finding challenging, being able to hang with the artistic types rather than just filing your trademarks and copyrights.

Meet Upcoming Performer Kari Dyas

Read about upcoming performer Kari Dyas here.

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I have 2 children. My daughter Maud is 15 and my son Hugo is 12.

 

I work as a designer – invitations and stationery, found-object assemblage pieces, re-worked vintage children’s clothes, linen napkins. I have an 1889 letterpress on which I print, feeding each piece of paper by hand. It’s in my garage behind a washing machine, dryer, and my husband’s 1974 Alpha Romeo. That car and my press are both too beautiful to be hidden away like that. It’s tragic, really.

 

I guess I’m lucky enough to be able to express some sort of creativity most days. If I’m not working on a design project, I’ll sometimes force myself to sit down and write. I also feel pretty creative when I make dinner out of a few ingredients I have on hand. I love to let the food supply get really low, just for that challenge.

 

I did a little acting as a kid in San Francisco, and a few plays in college, but otherwise, not much performing. I once thought I wanted to pursue that, but realized fairly early that it would break my heart.

 

I enjoy being a mother in Los Angeles for a few reasons. One is the access to art and culture. Since they were 5 and 2 we’ve taken them to the ISC performances of Shakespeare in Griffith Park, which they love. There’s a great young opera company called Pacific Opera Project that is also fantastic and affordable enough for the whole family to go.

 

I also love that there are so many good school choices here. We found a preschool that was great for our family, a magnet elementary school that we loved, and now a charter middle-high school where our kids are getting a wonderful classics / art-based education, with a strong program in classical music and modern dance.

 

The diversity in Los Angeles is a big plus. We’re a multi-ethnic family, and I love living in a city where that rarely even gets a curious glance. That my kids grow up around all types of families is hugely important to me. Their friends are from all different races, cultures, economic levels, and parental configurations. I think L.A. is one of the least provincial cities in the world, and it’s diverse nature reflects that.

 

Oh, and it’s also nice to have your kid’s birthday party outside in January. Every single year.

 

One of the biggest challenges I find raising kids here is the exposure to the extremes of the entertainment industry. It’s not easy to keep kids grounded when there is so much excess and opulence around them. I’ve found my ways, but my kids are total geeks because of it. Don’t tell them I said that.

Susanna Morgan’s Video

Susanna Morgan is an LA mom who was in our show, Fall of 2012.

 

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She performed a great piece.

I asked her if she’d be interested in “re-creating” it and filming it.

She was game.

I promptly ordered a fake hair piece and a mustache.

Susanna showed up one afternoon and we made this while our kids were at school. Susanna kindly let me edit it down, so it’s not the piece in its whole. I edited it during some nap times and voila, here it is.

Thanks for being game Susanna.