Introducing: Expressing Motherhood!

Expressing Motherhood is thrilled to be contributing to What The Flicka! Since we are new here I thought I’d introduce ourselves…

Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka? - Introducing Expressing Motherhood
That’s me Lindsay on the left and my friend and producing partner Jessica on the right. We don’t normally dress like that for the show but did that night and why not?
Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka? - Introducing Expressing Motherhood
Here is a photo of what we more or less look like. Jessica is on the left and I’m on the right.

Expressing Motherhood is a stage show that was started back in 2008 in Los Angeles between myself, Lindsay Kavet and my friend Jessica Cribbs. We both were/are stay at home moms who used to be in “the biz.” Wanting to tap into our former creative sides again was really important to us. I became somewhat obsessed with wondering how I could ever consider myself an artist now that I was a mom. How unsexy, I thought to have to schedule in my creative time, but that was the new norm.

Over the phone and during nap times we created our show. A simple idea: Cast people to share their stories about motherhood on stage. We were not looking for established writers or actors. We just wanted to give people from the community a place to get creative again, the mom with a burning desire to get out of the house!

Now you might be thinking easy for you two, you live in LA and everyone there is an actor or writer. Not true I must say. Neither of us had ever produced for theatre before. We didn’t even know how to rent a theatre. We just called one and did it. We had no fear it was just a great excuse to get out of the house for a weekend, be around other parents willing to bear themselves and flex our creative souls, not to mention a reason to get dressed up.

Our families flew in from across the country and helped us put on the show. They have done that for every single show. The show opened up to a very un-sold out crowd. But those who came had a strong reaction. Our moms and one dad who performed bonded and we knew we were onto something.

Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka? - Introducing Expressing Motherhood
This was a photo I took of myself 9 months pregnant which we used for our first artwork.

The next show, about 6 months later opened up to sold out audiences, every single night. It went so well we decided to take in to NYC in the Fall of 2009, just one year after the show was conceived.

Again, no idea, OK, some idea of what we were doing. Both of us were pregnant, my morning sickness ended just days before we boarded our flight to NYC and Jessica’s morning sickness began on the plane home. Again, we sold out every single night in NYC and we had people leaving the theatre saying the show should be on Broadway. Say what?

Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka? - Introducing Expressing Motherhood
Our NYC cast!
Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka? - Introducing Expressing Motherhood
Pregnant in producers lugging around boxes with coffee. That’s how we roll.

We kept putting on shows in LA and even took it to Boston where local moms helped up put on the show in the Fall of 2010. We also kept having babies.

Lots of babies. Six between the two of us, therefore we allot a certain amount of time to the show as we both still want to primarily be SAHM. We love listening to stories about motherhood.

Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka? - Introducing: Expressing Motherhood
The hilarious and thoughtful JJ Keith.
Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka? - Introducing Expressing Motherhood
Recent performer Elizabeth Jayne Liu, she’ll also be performing in our next show, here in LA in May.

We love being a platform for people to get up on and flex their creative spirit. Many moms have told us they never thought they’d get up on stage again.  A lot of moms have never even been on stage before. They just want to push themselves, express themselves and we are more then happy to offer the venue for doing just that. A few moms have even spun off  into one woman shows.  Others have started creating their own versions of motherhood storytelling on stage. It’s been awesome. Expressing Motherhood is a passion project. I, personally, want to continue doing this until I’m a grandma. Or old. Whichever happens first.

We are excited to now be writing for What The Flicka so we can meet more passionate creative moms out there and hear what you are up to.