When funny woman Lauren Weedman was in Boise in 2008, the tiny blonde blew audiences away with her one-woman show, No, You Shut Up, a piece commissioned by Boise Contemporary Theater. She is bringing a reprisal of that show back to the BCT stage March 1-5. The show, like Weedman, was awkward, emotional, raw, hilarious and revealed Weedman's struggles with wanting what women want--or are supposed to want: a child.
Since 2008, much has changed for Weedman. She recently got Bluetooth for her phone, so she feels much safer driving around in Los Angeles and talking on the phone at the same time. Oh, yeah, and she's now married to longtime boyfriend/director Jeff Weatherford, and they have a 1-year-old son, Leo. Weedman also played Horny Patty on several-episodes of the Showtime series Hung and will make an appearance in two upcoming episodes of HBO's True Blood. Shut Up has changed dramatically, too, and is finally where Weedman wants it to be.
Days before Shut Up premiered, Weedman had reservations about the show's direction.
"I was resisting telling a personal story," Weedman told Boise Weekly in 2008. "I did a run-through and was like, 'This is so irritating.' And I'm not telling a story," she said. "I do have something I want to tell, but it's about having a baby, and that seems like such a cheesy subject."
Now, in 2011, the changes in Weedman's life have helped her nurture the show to the level at which she originally wanted it to be.
"I didn't really just want to do a show about having a baby, and it bothered me. It feels almost rude to say that with all of the support I was given, but I definitely felt like the show wasn't there. But once I had the baby, I was able to re-approach the show and figure out what I wanted it to be really. [Shut Up] now is recognizable, but it's kind of not," Weedman said, laughing.
Weedman has added, edited, omitted and rewritten so much of the show that it is, for all intents and purposes, a new creation. And as such, it could reasonably have been given a new name, but it was important to Weedman to honor the show's birth.
"I kept the name because I wanted to pay homage to the commission it started from," Weedman said.
So though some things change--Weedman can now do interviews with impunity while driving--some things stay the same.