The Norman Transcript

March 16, 2014

Local presentation of Mother’s Day Series will share stories of all kinds

By Shana Adkisson
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — We’ve heard it all our lives and we know it’s something we should do, but sometimes it’s just too difficult to listen to our mothers.

When we were younger, it always seemed like dear old mom had no clue as to what she was talking about. Then we realize, oftentimes too late, that mom really did know a thing or two about life.

Blogger Misti Pryor, along with Julie Bohannon and blogger Heather Davis, are busily working on another local presentation of the “Listen To Your Mother Show.”

The Oklahoma City performance will take place 2 p.m. May 4 at Will Rogers Theatre, 4322 N. Western Ave.

The performances will be filmed and shared on LTYM’s YouTube channel after all shows have been produced. The acclaimed Mother’s Day series of live readings will be hosted in 32 cities this year and is in its fifth year of existence.

LTYM features live readings by local writers on the beauty, the beast and the barely rested of motherhood in celebration of Mother’s Day.

Born of the creative writings of women and men, each production is directed, produced and performed by local communities for local communities, with 10 percent of ticket proceeds benefiting a local nonprofit cause.

Last weekend, the Oklahoma City cast gathered for its first meeting. Many of the production’s members include Norman faces. Jeanabec Higdon and Stephanie Green Clinton both live in Norman with their families, as well as Pryor.

“The stories in this year’s cast are a variety of glimpses into the world of motherhood. I cannot wait for Oklahoma to bear witness to the courage and strength and humor and tenderness of this cast,” Pryor said.

The show will feature 12 to 14 local writers who have something to say about motherhood. Pryor and Davis were cast in the northwest Arkansas “Listen To Your Mother Show” in 2011.

“It was an amazing experience that I wanted to bring it to Oklahoma,” Pryor said. “This is a powerful show that is full of powerful stories, and I want to share that with our Oklahoma audience.”

Before auditions, those interested were asked to submit stories that were reflective of motherhood either funny, serious, sad or introspective pieces. Last year, Pryor read about her and her mother’s adventures in moving, and Davis read about one of her daughters working her way through puberty.

“The stories you’ll hear at the Oklahoma City show will be varied but also authentic reflections of motherhood. We’ll have you laughing, crying and nodding your head in agreement. Bring your own tissues,” Davis said.

True to the vision of Ann Imig, founder of LTYM, the Oklahoma City producers have partnered with Infant Crisis Services of Oklahoma City as their charitable cause.

The national platform of Listen To Your Mother requires that 10 percent of all net proceeds be donated to a local organization that benefits and serves local women and/or children.

“ReMerge fits perfectly with the LTYM mission,” Pryor said, “They are passionate about helping women break the cycle of incarceration and becoming a productive member of society. I really can’t imagine a better beneficiary for our Oklahoma City show. I am so proud that we are supporting them. I stand in awe of the work that they are doing in our community.”

ReMerge is a female diversion program designed to transform pregnant women and mothers facing incarceration into productive community citizens.

“I feel our program will benefit from this opportunity in so many ways, and since we only work with mothers of young children or women who are pregnant, this opportunity is perfect for our organization,” said Terri Woodland, of ReMerge.

The show is actively seeking sponsors to help fund the production and allow for a greater donation to be made to the Infant Crisis Center.

“I have different levels of sponsorship available, and this is the way we pay for everything from posters to venue costs to cast gifts to postage for thank you notes,” Pryor said. “The more sponsorship we garner, the more money we can give to our local cause.

“Our sponsors are highlighted on our blog and get weekly social media shoutouts from the cast and production team, which can produce up to 600 media impressions over the course of production.”

Tickets for the Oklahoma City performance were made available Friday via ticketstorm.com.

For more information about sponsoring the event, email Pryor at mkaep@icloud.com.

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