My Listen to Your Mother video is online! (Can you tell I was nervous?)

Remember my post about how sickeningly anxious I was to appear on stage reading a piece I wrote at the Listen to Your Mother show?

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Listen to Your Mother is an annual staged reading event performed before a live audience where people share experiences about motherhood.  It started out in one small town in Wisconsin and has grown to 32 cities across the U.S. I was honored to be chosen to read in the first North Jersey show in May.

But I was as uptight as a grasshopper in a shoebox about getting up in front of 450 people at the South Orange Performing Art Center. Despite the weeks of hand-wringing leading up to the performance, on show day I was excited to be part of such a special evening.

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Courtesy Joy Yagid Photography

The audience went gaga for the show. Friends and strangers who didn’t have to say anything at all, told me in the days afterwards how much they loved hearing the stories. In our cast, we had 13 women and two men. They ranged in age from teenager to grandma and the topics varied, making the evening a roller coaster of emotions.

We laughed, we cried, it was much better than Cats.

This week the national peops at LTYM finally released the reading videos onto their site via YouTube. It would be crass of me to demand you watch mine, but if you’re reading this blog, you’re probably curious.

You can see it here.

But even if you don’t want to watch my bit, do yourself a favor and watch C.J. Prince’s “The Pump.” I had heard it twice before the show and still laughed until tears threatened to trash my mascara. It’s that funny.


courtesy Joy Yagid Photography

There are others I could pick out as favorites but that wouldn’t be fair to my castmates. The truth is, they’re all great and worth your time. You don’t have to watch all at once. Savor them like a box of fancy chocolates with mysterious centers. Open up a couple a night and enjoy the surprise.

Let me know which are your favorites in the comments. Happy watching!


6 responses to “My Listen to Your Mother video is online! (Can you tell I was nervous?)

  1. I just finished watching all the “Listen to your Mother” speakers. Some were hysterical, many brought tears, but all were wonderful. Thank you. I hope you will write another “Listen” this year . Do you keep in touch with some of those writers/mothers?

    Any good tidbits about the upcoming wedding?

    Love, J

  2. I finally had a chance to view your video and you were a pro. Not nervous at all (on the outside). Pace was perfect, voice clear and steady, and the story delightful. I wish I couldhave seen your mother’s face the first time she heard the story. She would be proud. I am. Keep up the writing. Your are wonderful.

  3. Great job Brooke. You would never know you were the least bit nervous. Great story. I watched CJ’s also. Oh my.. hysterical!!
    Well done, thanks for sharing.

  4. i have tears streaming down my face – from laughter, in case you were wondering. this is just wonderful, hilarious and so your mom. you so captured her. well done well done… XOXO, jane

  5. I can’t wait to watch!