Share your mother’s story; maybe it will be on stage
My Mother’s Story: North Vancouver asks the women of North Vancouver (city and district) to write the stories of their mothers which will be the basis of a professional show created for Presentation House Theatre in 2012.
Anyone can submit their stories, but nine stories, representing the cultural mosaic of North Vancouver, will be chosen and fashioned together into a play that will tell the broad story of where we come from.
Organizers are primarily interested in collecting women’s history so that means just telling the facts of what happened without judgement. Your mother doesn’t need to be famous, or even great; her story doesn’t need to be dramatic. It’s about how ordinary women from around the world have coped, what they’ve had to contend with and how they lived their lives.
The recipe for writing is simple: Write your mother’s story from beginning to end — where she was born, to whom, and what happened next, including all the major events of her life. Remember, you are just a footnote. This is a story about her; not you, or dad, or the town, or the times. These stories are about how women have lived, not about how good any of them were at mothering.
The story can be no more than 2,000 words long.
Go to the archive section of www.mymothers
story.org to see examples of how other people have written about their mothers. There are also pages to help with your writing, questions to answer to get your story going.
This project is open to women living in North Vancouver city or district. You can write and submit your story at any time to www.my
mothersstory.org. Your story will be marked as being part of the North Vancouver campaign and will be posted on www.mymothersstory.org. It will also be included as an entry for the production My Mother’s Story: North Vancouver.
To show how this all works, and to answer any questions, there is a demonstration show on Saturday, June 25, featuring professional actors reading the stories they wrote about their mothers. It’s at 8 p.m. The show is free.