When I was in elementary school, our class assignment was to figure out what profession we wanted to be when we grew up. While the other kids struggled to write something, with steady hand I wrote three little letters on my poster board: MOM. One of the kids tried telling me that being a mom was not a profession, but I knew better. Besides, since I could remember, my dream has always been to be a mom.
I finally got my dream several years ago with the birth of my first child. Since then I have been enjoying my time as my dream profession. Last week I had the opportunity to get a sneak preview of Global ImpACTORS Group’s Motherhood Out Loud, which will open May 16 at the Macungie Institute. I was familiar with the show, so I knew that it was going to be funny and entertaining. What I didn’t expect was to be able to relate to the material as much as I did.
In the several years since giving birth, I guess I haven’t exactly been reliving the experience. As I sat in the audience and watched the cast of Motherhood Out Loud, I was transported back to that day. I felt as though it were my story being presented. I smiled, thinking back to the trials and tribulations of the day, forgetting most of the little details until one of the actresses in the group presented her monologue. What a sweet surprise to be able to visit that day for a moment. It was also comforting to know that others have experienced the same thing. There have been billions of people born in the world, but giving birth is such a seemingly unique—and ostensibly lonely—experience.
The Macungie-based Global ImpACTORS Group will be presenting Motherhood Out Loud beginning May 16 at the Macungie Institute. The show is a compilation of scenes and monologues encompassing stories of childbirth and raising children to being a great-grandparent—and everything in between. It’s the kind of show that makes you laugh, cry, and reminiscence all in the span of a few minutes.
Motherhood Out Loud is a raw and candid look at motherhood, but it’s more about those moments that we often forget as we pass them. For me, it was even about moments that I will be having in the future or what, for instance, my gay friends will go through as they navigate the tricky world of parenthood. The show is brutally honest and not to be missed.
Motherhood Out Loud, runs weekends May 16-24 at The Macungie Institute, 510 East Main Street, Macungie, PA. Tickets may be reserved or purchased at the door. For more information, visit gigtheater.com.