Cast Announced for 2014 North Jersey Production of LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER, 5/10

MIDTOWN DIRECT REP (MDR), the resident theater company at South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), and co-directors/producers Sandy Rustin (Playwright/Co-Lyricist Rated P ... for Parenthood) and Deborah Goldstein (Publisher Village Q) are pleased to announce the incredible local cast of the 2014 North Jersey show of Listen to Your Mother, a national series of original live readings about motherhood ( The production will be May 10th at 5:00 PM show at The South Orange Performing Arts Center (One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ, 07079). Statewide open auditions were held in early March and 15 writers have been selected to join the movement of "giving motherhood a microphone." Tickets are $20-$25 and are available at

The cast includes: Robbie Berry (Originated Science Fair, a one woman/ 5 character play. NY, LA.), Terry Byrne (General Manager of The Westside Theatre), Ellyn Cohen (Creator/event chair of author series for Rockland Jewish Family Service),Deb Cooperman (, Lisa Duggan (Founder and CEO, The Modern Village), Lauren Forbes (Actress),Lillie Hannon (Humanity in a Handbag!), Brooke Lefferts (Journalist & Blogger at, Stephanie Nasteff (Actor/VO arist), C.J. Prince (Executive Director North Jersey Pride), Roger Ian Rosen (, Sandy Rustin(Playwright/Co-Lyricist Rated P ... for Parenthood), Gina Sampaio (Blogger at Sister Serendip), Robert Shaffron (Husband, Father, Writer, Legoist, Stay-at-Home Activist), Marcy Thompson (Honcho at Studio B ).

The mission of each Listen to Your Mother production is to take the audience on a well-crafted journey that celebrates and validates mothering through giving voice to motherhood (in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor) in the form of original readings performed live on-stage by their authors.

Listen to Your Mother aims to support motherhood creatively through artistic expression, and also financially, through contributions to non-profit organizations supporting families in need. The North Jersey show will be donating a % of ticket proceeds to NJCW, an Essex County Non-Profit dedicated to helping women and children in need in Essex County.

To get a great sense of the show visit:

About Midtown Direct Rep

With perhaps more professional theater artists than any suburb of NYC, Maplewood/South Orange (NJ) is "where Broadway comes home to sleep." MDR, a theatre company created by and for these NJ-based artists, develops and presents relevant, world-class theatre for its community.

Midtown Direct Rep company members include two-time Tony-Winner, Norbert Leo Butz, Tony-Nominee, Christiane Noll, and "Law & Order: SVU" regular, Joel de la Fuente, among many others. The Company is managed by Co-Artistic Directors Sandy Rustin and Jeremy Dobrish, Managing Director Jeffrey Shubart, Producing Director Evan Fleischer, and Artistic Producer Steven Tabakin.

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