One of the first comments people make to me when I tell them about Listen To Your Mother is “You should bring the tour to my town!” Then I explain as succinctly as possible that LTYM is a grass-roots movement of original shows–all different from one another– rather than a tour of a play, and that cities interested in hosting a show fill out an application in the fall.

When people email me for an application, it comes with a comprehensive and very direct letter about what the process of hosting an LTYM show looks like. For example (taken directly from application):

This will be a lot of work. A lot. Of work. Bringing an LTYM show to your community will very likely challenge you to work in areas you might never have even considered: making casting decisions among friends and strangers, finding and negotiating with venues and subcontractors (videographer, photographer, etc), publicizing auditions and your production, drumming up PR, conducting auditions and running rehearsals, likely working with a tiny budget and looking for every possible local community trade and discount you can find—just to name a few.

 

I try to prepare them as much as possible, but like child-rearing or home-schooling or starting your own business, the reality of the experience often looks much harder (and hopefully richer) than you originally imagined when you signed-on. Yet, people still flock to host the show–many returning year after year, and all for different reasons.

One of the reasons people find motivation to host a show is to create their own opportunity to share their story at a microphone before their community. Taking your personal writing from the page, to public storytelling at a microphone, holds tremendous power and potential. Springing your literal voice from your literary voice can entertain and forge connections with the audience, inspire change in yourself and others, boost self-confidence while encouraging others by example, and even build or repair bridges within families and communities with LTYM’s priceless “me too” moments between reader and listener (As in “me, too, you spoke my truth up there”). LTYM knows countless examples of reader’s lives changing from this simple, yet powerful act of Giving Motherhood A Microphone.

LTYM exists, in part, because of my own desire to interact and perform with an audience, and I highly encourage our local directors and producers to take the opportunity to read at their own shows.  And let’s face it, after more than six months work (creating and promoting two events –auditions and the show–casting, directing and rehearsing, producing, financing, promoting, and on and on) it’s a small-yet-mighty and sweet reward. These talented women are visionaries, writers, and storytellers who’ve given hours and hours of their time and talents over months and years to LTYM, and supporting and sharing their work is LTYM’s pride and pleasure.

Please enjoy this playlist featuring many of our 2014 local director/producers, who make our local shows possible!!

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The 2014 Listen To Your Mother Videos Are Here!

by Stephanie P. on July 9, 2014

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Big thanks to LTYM video sponsor CollegeSavingsChillout.com by T. Rowe Price! 

Watch the 2014 videos on the Listen To Your Mother YouTube channel or choose a playlist by clicking on a city below:

Atlanta Austin • Baltimore • Boston • Boulder • Charleston • Chicago • DC • Denver • Indianapolis • Kansas City •Little Rock • Madison Metro Detroit • Milwaukee • Nashville • North Jersey • Northern Utah Northwest Indiana • NYC • Oklahoma City • Plumas County • Portland • Providence • Raleigh-Durham • SacramentoSan Francisco • Southeast Texas • Spokane • St. Louis • The OC • Twin Cities

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Join LTYM at #BlogHer14 for the Open Mic Salon!

July 3, 2014

National Media Sponsor BlogHer and LTYM are thrilled to announce our 4th Open Mic Salon at BlogHer 2014!! What is the Open Mic Salon? The Open Mic Salon is just one part of BlogHer’s epic party plan, providing attendees a respite from the day’s learning and networking. After celebrating the Voices of The Year #VOTY (bloggers selected by a panel  to read their own writing at a microphone before the entire conference), you can throw your name in a hat for a chance to be randomly selected to read one of your own posts before the most supportive audience that exists–your fellow internet writers.     Or simply come to the Open Mic Salon to enjoy a quiet space and bear witness to even more words crafted by your blog peers. When is the Open Mic Salon? From BlogHer.com… Friday, July 25th: Express Yourself on Friday Night at BlogHer 6-11PM at the San […]

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Introducing video sponsor CollegeSavingsChillout.com by T. Rowe Price: Wherein The LTYMers FREAK OUT about saving for college

July 1, 2014

It was a peaceful afternoon in our LTYM director/producer Facebook group. Until, that is, the subject of saving for college arose. These show-runners boldly challenge themselves and support each other to bring Listen to Your Mother to their cities while balancing busy lives, and they can handle everything the production season throws their way. Seriously, they’ve made it through bats in the theater, tornado warning lockdowns and surprise blizzards in May. Who knew what  would finally prompt a freakout was the idea of planning to pay for college? I was doing some calculations… and thinking it wasn’t adding up right. My oldest will be in 8th grade. I thought we had more time! Where did the time go? What are we going to do? – Stephanie Where did the time go is right, Stephanie! You can’t see the look on my face because I’m in a fetal position on the floor. I have […]

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LTYM joins forces with Luvs “Experienced Moms!” Get ready to Bet on Your Baby.

May 28, 2014

As this busy LTYM season wraps, and the busy school year wraps, everyone is anticipating summer FUN. LTYM has found a brand new partner for summer fun with Luvs Experienced Moms. I’ve had a blast working with a group of humor bloggers as one of Luvs’ “Experienced Moms” in the past, and now LTYM gets to join the fun. At the center of it all: ABC’s family comedy “Bet On Your Baby” returns for a second season, and the Luvs Experienced Moms will be live-tweeting each episode starting Saturday, May 31st. Join us by following the conversation at #LuvsBOYB. Featuring the Luvs brand, Bet on Your Baby showcases the fun playfulness, but also the unpredictability of parenthood, as parents attempt to predict their child’s next move in an effort to win money for their child’s future education. The premise is funny in and of itself, but host Melissa Peterman is truly hilarious. And […]

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