Friday, February 26, 2010

Next Wednesday: Me, Mortified.

                                                                                                      Me, Age 8


Yes, that would be me, as a child, in the beautiful Olan Mills portrait you see above. Do you like my sleeves?

Here is another picture from the same "shoot:"

Please note how excited I look to be there. Like, "oh my God! Here I am, posing with these striped column things! Wearing a cumberbund! I'VE MADE IT."

Anyway friends, the reason I show you these delightful photographs is because a handful of Austinites and I are going to be in Mortified next week, and I want you to come. You'll probably see these pictures. Or if you're lucky, Glamour Shots.

But what is Mortified, you ask?

"Mortified stars everyday people reading aloud their most embarrassing, pathetic and private teenage diary entries, poems, love letters, lyrics and locker notes – all in front of total strangers.

Part comedy, part theater, and all therapy, Mortified is a comic excavation of the strange and extraordinary things we created as kids. From surviving the sixth grade to accounts of nerd molestation to stories of pet neglect, Mortified Austin is bringing you an all new show filled with angsty tales of adolescent woe."

Mortified is kind of a cultural phenomenon, with the first show beginning in LA several years ago, then spreading to cities all over the country. And our esteemed Austin is one of them! It is also a book, and both book and show have been hailed in Newsweek, Esquire, Glamour, Time Out NY, Bust Magazine, on "This American Life," and more. And on Austin Eavesdropper, of course!   

Several weeks ago GARY! encouraged me to audition for the Austin one, so I did. I'll be honest with you: I am both excited and terrified about the show (especially since it involves me reading some of my old, teenage, really really REALLY BAD love letters in front of many people). But, mostly excited.

There are two performances, and both are happening at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz.

wednesday, march 3 at 7:00pm: tickets here

The second show is March 10, and it will go on sale in the next week or so.

I hope you can come!


Frank J. Rivera said...

Oh god these pictures. Good work, Tolly. Good work.

Austin Eavesdropper said...

@Frank - Aren't they stunning?

k said...

you're going to be in mortified?! oh i have to come.

Gary said...

Ohhhh K... Can i just say that im glad you went with tube socks for that floral print skirt. You are TOTALLY rockin it ;) AND you got to pose next to what i can only imagine is a huge bottle of Designer Impostor perfume! Lucky!

This is awesome that they are doing 2 shows. Which one is everyone going to?

erin said...

i'm there! good luck!!!

Marie said...

OMG, Tolly! I cannot wait for this!! I am soooo there.

And I am cracking UP over your pictures!

Shannon Honeybloom said...

You are so cute! And I love that black and white prop thing that you are elegantly leaning against (or trying to hide behind)....

Shannon Honeybloom said...

Actually the black and white prop thing could put you on the cover of the Sharper Image Catalog.

mai said...

i am quite sad i won't be here to experience this! lol

Andrew said...

I was initially confused because I thought Gary's comment was directed towards Kerissa.

I will be there with a laugh track and a sad trombone.

Hipstercrite said...

Awesome! I hope I can come! I get done at work at 7PM, then go back into work at 9. :(
Love the photos, btw.

That Chelsea Girl™ said...

I don't get off work until 7 that night and then bag stuffing for SXSW is the next week, but oh my goodness, it sounds like it'll be fun. There's nothing like a little melodramatic nostalgia.

jill said...

Tolly, were you once a hair bow model?

lavanna martin said...


I just LOVE this! You're the cu-cumberbundest, really.


Austin Eavesdropper said...

@K - Sho' am little lady. Psyched you'll be there.

@Gary - The socks were a crucial part of the look. I decided against a coordinating scrunchie. Looking back, I think it was a good move.

@Erin - That is awesome because now, we shall finally meet. :) Come find me, k?

@Marie - Hooray!! Glad you get a kick out of these. There are more where that came from if my parents are to be believed.

@Shannon - Haha I know, what IS that thing? Like...who woke up one day and said, "I've got it. The perfect photo prop. Columns, in varying sizes, with stripes. Done." ??

@Mai - We'll miss you!

@Andrew - YAY!

@Hipstercrite - Lauren ME TOO, I have a feeling that the way I wrote love letters and the way you wrote love letters might have some similarities (i.e., over-dramatic with the odd literary reference here and there).

@Chelsea - Hey lady! All good; have fun stuffing SX bags!

@Jill - No, but it's not too late. Are you offering?

@Lavanna - Thanks Lavanna! I'll try to wear a cumberbund more often when I know you'll be around. :)

Anonymous said...

Tolly hey are tickets sold out yet?

Austin Eavesdropper said...

@Anonymous - I don't think so yet, but I asked my producer and she says the shows usually do sell out.

Model Citizen aka Bonnie Rue said...

Marking my calendar!!!