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Should I Submit?

If you have come to this site thinking about submitting, even just a little bit, I hope that I can persuade you to do just so.

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First of all the power is in your story and since we all have stories to tell you’ve got some power right there.

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A lot of people who have shared their stories about motherhood on stage have never been on stage before. Ever. Ever. Ever.

A woman who was just in our show told me that she was so glad she participated because even though the night before our first rehearsal she was regretting the decision, as soon as she showed up she began to know that it was a great move. She wanted to challenge herself.

This is Elizabeth Jayne Liu, not the one I'm speaking of, but this woman challenges herself daily and especially on Mondays.
This is Elizabeth Jayne Liu, not the one I’m speaking of, but this woman challenges herself daily and especially on Mondays.

I started the show with Jessica to challenge myself. As the same woman said, these opportunities to challenge ourselves grow slimmer.

Backstage.
Backstage.

You don’t have to be a mom to be in the show.

The first person I cast was a gay dad.

Your story needs to be your own about your experience in regards to motherhood, that part is true, but I’m sure you have one.

LA, 2010 show.
LA, 2010 show.

Being a part of Expressing Motherhood is exhausting. But it’s also rewarding, bittersweet, soul satisfying and all around unique. The bittersweet part comes when it ends because although you might be tired a lot of former participants just wish it could continue on a bit longer.

Our NYC cast in 2009.
Our NYC cast in 2009.

Again, if there is any part of you that is interested in pushing yourself, go for it. This is a great, nurturing environment to do just that.

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Performing On Stage. Can You Do It? Yes, You Can.

You love to write.

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You secretly think you look pretty good in red lipstick.

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You wouldn’t mind it if a crowd (whom you couldn’t make eye contact with) clapped hard for you.

You have no where to wear your lipstick.

Me with my first.
Me with my first.

If you said yes to any or all of these submitting to our show is right up your alley.But honestly, we have had a lot of women share their writing on our stage for the first time. They had never performed before. Ever. Just because this is Los Angeles this does not mean we are all professionals, by any means.

My mom bartends the show.

My mom. She's so deaf. Yo.
My mom. She’s so deaf. Yo.

My mother in law sells tickets.

My mother in law is unstoppable.
My mother in law is unstoppable.

You can do this. You should do this. You could possibly feel like this…

I hope this pep talk helped. To read about LA past performer JJ Keith’s experience click here. 

Or read about NYC performer Heather Cabot’s experience here.