Listen to your Mother

Join us at the Center Street Theater for a special event honoring motherhood, and giving voice to the real and personal stories of our cast members.

The cast includes local celebrity artists Hannah Eckstein, Karen Schamberg, Geraldine Byrnes, Stan Grindstaff, Phyllis Greenwood and includes, Valarie Arno, Michelle Dias, Marigold Fine, Shari Gallegos, Gretchen Jenne, Lynn Knudsen, Risa Lower, Bobbe Martin, and Chi Cha Russo-Boyes. This quick journey through the lives of our readers is funny, happy, sad, hopeful and all are memorable.

From the creator of Listen To You Mother:
LTYM began when I looked at our national Mother's Day holiday and suddenly found it sorely lacking. I felt that motherhood deserved something more than a frittata once a year  something less retail-related and more community-focused. I wondered if Mother's Day could mean something beyond the celebration of the individual matriarch  something bringing mothers together, recognizing the commonality among us all  moms and non-moms alike. As a blogger and part of an emerging cultural revolution in mothering and self-expression, I wanted my real life community to get a taste of the vitality of the dynamic women drawing inspiration and support from one another online.

Mother's Day remains a holiday by and for mothers, yes, but now LTYM puts motherhood at the head of the table, receiving everyone mothered and all of us mothering as guests of honor.
For me, now, Mother's Day means giving a voice to stories of mothering that both bring us together and expand perspectives. It means sharing these stories locally with live audiences and globally. 

Mother's Day remains a holiday by and for mothers, yes, but now LTYM puts motherhood at the head of the table, receiving everyone mothered and all of us mothering as guests of honor. By Ann Imig, Author

New Artistic Director - Hanna Eckstein

NextStage would like to announce the acceptance of our new staff position of Artistic Director by Hannah Eckstein. She is a successful working actress in film, TV and Theatre.

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Hannah's career started in film with Ed Wood directed by Tim Burton. Some of her TV appearances include Molly and Me, Married With Children,The Nanny, Murder She Wrote and in theatre locally, she directed Sordid Lives and starred in Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild at Mountain Community Theater. And we must not forget to mention her hilarious performances in this year's Eight 10s at Eight.

We are so pleased to welcome Hannah to the NextStage Creative Staff. We are planning an exciting year of activities which will include casting three musical reviews, play readings and later in the year casting of our BIG Major Production in Spring 2020.