Midtown Direct Rep (MDR), co-directors/producers Deborah Goldstein (producer/host Pants on Fire podcast), Brooke Lefferts (US Entertainment video editor/writer at Associated Press), Sandy Rustin (Actress/Playwright) are pleased to announce the local cast of the 2018 The Listen To Your Mother show, a national series of original live readings about motherhood. This 5th Annual North Jersey production, presented by Midtown Direct Rep will take place on Saturday, April 28th, 2018 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Woodland (60 Woodland Rd. Maplewood, NJ, 07040). Open auditions were held in early February, and 13 writers have been selected to join the movement of “giving motherhood a microphone.” Tickets are $40-$55 and are available at middirrep.com.
This year, Listen to Your Mother will be presented across the United States with the mission of taking the audience on a well-crafted journey that celebrates and validates motherhood (in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor) in the form of original readings performed live on-stage by their authors. Listen To Your Mother was conceived from the creative work of online writers, and each production is directed, produced, and performed by local communities, for local communities. The 2018 cast will feature some of North Jersey’s most talented writers, bloggers, and storytellers including: Amanda Eigen, Adam Epstein, Jen Gregory, Kim Kassnove, Tina Kelley, Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad, Brooke Lefferts, Mary Tautin Moloney, Rosemary Ostmann, Dorri Ramati, Emily Regas, Krista Ruhe, and Amy Salomon.
Listen To Your Mother is sponsored locally in North Jersey by Align Wellness Studio, American Jiu Jitsu Of Maplewood, Baker Street Yoga, Blow In, Blow Out, Cedar Ridge Café, CKO Kickboxing Maplewood, Eventage, Joy Yagid Photography, Kimaya Kama, Laid Back Lactation, Macaroni Kid Summit Short Hills SOMA, Midtown Direct Rep, Retail Therapy, Sprout, Studio B, Studio 509 Fitness, Wellness And More, Sweet Life By Design, Temple Sharey Tefilo Israel, Theatre Arts PT, The Fringe Salon, The Good Riot, The Woodland and The Township Of Maplewood, Tracey Diamond Designs, Vanessa Pollock Properties Group Of Keller Williams.
Listen to Your Mother aims to support motherhood creatively through artistic expression and also financially through contributions to non-profit organizations supporting families. The 2018 North Jersey show will donate a percentage of ticket proceeds to MOMS DEMAND ACTION for Gun Sense in America; New Jersey.
To get a great sense of the show, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/user/LTYMShow
About Midtown Direct Rep
Midtown Direct Rep (MDR) is a professional, ensemble-based theater company in residence at The Woodland in Maplewood, NJ. The company includes over 100 working Broadway actors and theater professionals who call South Orange and Maplewood home. Midtown Direct Rep is dedicated to developing and presenting new plays and musicals through its Theater in the Loft series, focusing on work that reflects our uniquely diverse community. Midtown Direct Rep is also the local presenter of the hugely successful annual event Listen to Your Mother: North Jersey, which showcases local writers and performers each year around Mother’s Day. Company members include two-time Tony Award-winner Norbert Leo Butz, Tony Award-winner Michele Pawk, Tony Award-nominees Stephanie J. Block, Megan Lawrence, and Christiane Noll, plus Sebastian Arcelus, Joel de la Fuente, Bradley Dean, and many others. Guest actors have included James McDonald, Michelle Hurst, Geoffrey Arend, and Academy Award®-winner Olympia Dukakis. Recent projects include work by John Walch, Y York, Jack Canfora, Peter Flaherty, Jeremy Desmon, Chad Hardin, James Hindman, Chisa Hutchison, David Johnson, Kara Lee Korthron, David Myers, Sandy Rustin, Douglas J. Cohen, Zoe Samuel, and others. The Company is led by Acting Managing Director Ondine Landa Abramson, Artistic Producer Steven Tabakin, Literary Manager Marni Raab, and Artistic Advisor Sandy Rustin. For more information, visit http://www.middirrep.org.