Join Us May 13th at The Lyric Theatre at 7:30PM!

Meet the cast!
Tickets on sale now! 

This is Sharon Stiller’s third year with Listen To Your Mother: she has been our singularly stalwart support as we have navigated producing this show–and we couldn’t ask for a more committed individual. Sharon is a known supporter of women and the arts (specifically, women in the arts) in Rochester, and has been for her entire professional life.
This weekend is special for several reasons: not only will Sharon’s vital part in Rochester’s Listen To Your Mother come to fruition tonight, but she will be able to celebrate Mother’s Day with her own mother, who is still vivacious at 92 years young, and witness her beautiful daughter, Sierra, receive her Masters of Education degree. Thus, it is a weekend of family and celebration! Congratulations to Sharon and her family–and thank you!

We asked Sierra to speak about her amazing mom for us. Here’s what she said:

What words best describe your mom?
Advocate, driven, activism, supportive, superwoman. 
Tell us about your favorite memory with your mom.
My favorite memory of my mom and me would have to be take your daughter to work day. It was a proud moment for me being able to learn what she does at work and just how hard she works everyday.
What qualities do you find to be her best, among the many she has?
My mom’s best attributes would have to be her willingness to help others, and her go-getter attitude!
Tell us about how your view of your mom has changed over time.
My view of my mom as a child was that she was a busy and hardworking woman who spent time with me when she could but wasn’t always present. My views have changed as an adult. We have grown closer and spend more quality time together amidst our busy lives.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from your mother?
The most important lesson I have learned from my mom is perseverance. She has never once told me I can not do something or to give up on my dreams. As she always says, “Sierra if you want it bad enough you have to work hard. For you, sometimes you have to work even harder than others and that’s okay”.
Finally, what’s your Mother’s Day wish for Sharon?
My wish for my mom this Mother’s Day is to be proud of my accomplishments as I cross the stage as an MSEd candidate.
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Thinking ahead, are you? Trying to plan where you might park and dine and get to LTYM on time? Here are your questions, answered!

I haven’t purchased a ticket online. Can I buy a ticket at the door? When? How can I pay for it?

We will only be accepting credit cards this year. We cannot accept checks or cash. Doors open at 7 p.m. for day-of ticket sales and admission. Please arrive with plenty of time to spare, as we did sell to capacity last year. If you are not comfortable with purchasing tickets online but don’t want to risk not getting seated, please email no later than Saturday at 4 p.m. with your phone number, and we will contact you.

Tickets at the door will cost $25. (They are $18.50 until the day of the show.) Seating is General Admission.

Where will I park?

We have four main options for parking:

    • The Jewish Federation is located at East Ave. and Sibley; once you pull into the lot, and go toward the back, you’ll see several available spaces. We are not responsible for any vehicles or property that is left in this lot during the show.
    • The Third Presbyterian Church is at East Ave. & Meigs; NOT AVAILABLE! They will be used by the Strathallen this weekend. 
    • The Lyric’s lot is small (30 spaces), but available: entrance to the left of the building on East Ave.
    • There is a parking lot across from the Lyric Theater on Prince Street. Look for the sign that says Lyric.
    • Pathstone Enterprise is located off of Prince Street, and there is some parking there as well. 
  • You may also choose to park on Prince Street.

Is there a handicap-accessible entrance and seating?

Once you turn from East Avenue on to Prince St., you will see a semi-circle; there is a handicapped-accessible entrance, elevator to the main floor, and seating at the front of the house in the Lyric. Please call or text 585-319-2008 if you would like assistance.

I understand there is ASL interpretation available. Where is the seating for deaf or hearing-impaired attendees?

When you enter the Lyric’s main house, you will see one of our two interpreters standing by the stage, on the right. The general front-right area of our theater is best for you.

How long is the show?

Ours is a 90-minute show. There is no intermission.

I’d like to bring my young daughter or son to the show. Is that appropriate?

We recommend that this is an 18+ show, due to the intensity of some of the content, and some language. There’s nothing offensive; however, you may want to consider if your young one is mature enough to listen through a 90-minute show without an intermission.

Where might we eat before the show that’s close by?

Check out these East End joints (link below).


Any other questions? Please drop us a note, below! Thanks, and see you soon at the gorgeous Lyric Theater!

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A beautiful silence.

May 8, 2017

There’s just something special about the silence of a beautiful, majestic room when words meet air. See you on Saturday night when you’ll be a part of it. by

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