I was in a show. It was produced, directed, emceed, and performed in by my friend Steph. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve talked about this show, but I was honored, thrilled, overjoyed, humbled, proud, and delighted to be a part of it. The videos from the show are online now. So I figured I’d post mine here but also link to the rest of them collectively and individually. And I wanted to say a little bit about everyone in the show, because everyone in the show was pretty awesome.
June was the first performance of the night and also the first of any of us to read when we first got together as a group, and about two seconds in I thought “Oh, crap, I can’t follow this!” June has this statuesque grace about her that would be completely intimidating if she wasn’t so down-to-earth, funny, and thoroughly nice. Also: jingle farts.
Upon our first meeting, I found everything about Heather to be fun and hilarious and carefree and endearing and edgy. Then her piece took these unexpected twists through sweet then heart-piercing territories. She made me cry and laugh every time she read.
Meagan is about 57 kinds of smart and cute. Whenever I would tell people what LTYM was all about, I’d start with her piece about yoga with babies. She just has this look about her as if she’s letting you in on life’s big joke and can’t wait to deliver the punchline. Her wit, though, radiates so much heart in every word.
Lovelyn’s friends call her Love, and I have a feeling they would call her that even if her first name was Gertrude. She’s just so Love it’s not even funny. It’s so refreshing to hear someone speak with tons of emotion and intellect, and Lovelyn does that. And while at times she acted as though she would rather be anywhere else than on stage, she and her message so obviously belonged there.
I love the way Suzi uses words. She’s the verbal equivalent of Sufjan Stevens. Or something. I don’t know, she’s just hilarious, and I was ridiculously glad to be in a show with her. She was admittedly not naturally comfortable with performing in front of even a table full of people, yet she was a natural performer. Her delivery killed me every time.
Kate was pregnant at the time of the performance and in the time since putting us all in stitches she has gone on bedrest and subsequently delivered a beautiful baby girl. And there was something powerful about a woman in the late stages of pregnancy elegantly and masterfully owning the stage the way Kate did that night. Her daughter will grow to be very proud of this piece and this performance (and her mom, of course).
Sharon told a story that was difficult to hear, yet undeniably triumphant. She stirs up some dark emotions and uncovers some painful myths of motherhood. She may have had the strongest presence of anyone on stage, yet she opened up more vulnerably than most people would ever dare. (And when her performance ends with a hug from her son, it might just wreck you . . . and you’ll love it.)
The great thing about Liz is that she is strong, brilliant, and funny, yet willing to be perfectly open and real. When someone as tough and sharp as Liz decides to invite you past her defenses to see what she’s truly feeling, you can’t help but relate (and be touched and amazed). Oh, and her performance has such great balance and form and rhythm and synergy and, and, AND . . .
Hands down the most fun person in whatever room lucky enough to have her, Megan charmed the audience with brevity, levity, and sweet random pearly wisdom. Also: she’s a Cubs fan, an advertising copywriter, and smart as hell. I’m in love.
When I met Patrick, he struck me as a quiet, creative, thoughtful gent . . . so of course I expected him to explode on stage in a grandiose display of comedic fireworks. I knew he was the cousin of @shellipants. Even if you have never heard of shellipants, you have to know that she and her cousin are both hilarious, right? If you can’t figure that out from “shellipants,” I don’t think I can help you. Anyway, Patrick had me doubled over in laughter at “Hello, hello,” and I have never been less alone.
Okay, so Steph is amazing. You should know that. But you should also know that she genuinely felt like the luckiest person in the history of the world that she was able to be a part of this night. It was her night, but she refused to keep it for herself. Steph is completely in love with being a mother, but she’s still her own person who puts on ginormous shows and stuff. I’ve known her as long as I care to remember, and she’s just a 100% organic, genuine star. I’m very proud of her and grateful to her for including me in this giant dose of awesomeness.
Okay, this is me. And can I say how happy I am that the image that shows up for this video is the most obscenely dumb mid-sentence face I could have asked YouTube to use? Super happy.