We are thrilled to announce that Listen To Your Mother is returning to Boston for a fourth and final year.  2017 will be the final year of Listen To Your Mother shows, and Boston is thrilled to be one of the 33 participating cities.  We had a fantastic show in 2016 and can’t wait to return to the stage next spring to give motherhood a microphone one last time.

This year brings a change to our show’s leadership as we say goodbye and a huge thank you to Jessica Woodbury for three years of her amazing vision and dedication to this project.  I (Divya) co-directed and produced the 2016 show with Jessica and am sad to see her move on to the next chapter in her life– and also thrilled about the opportunities that will surely come her way!  I will be this year’s show’s Director and Producer, and I am so thrilled to bring on 2016 cast members Abra Mims and Rachel Hess as Assistant Director/Producers.  I am really excited about working with these amazing women in this capacity, and I can’t wait to get to work planning our 2017 show.  Abra and Rachel bring a rich and varied set of skills and experiences, and the three of us make a fantastic team.  Can you tell that I’m excited??

This will be my third year with Listen To Your Mother (I was a cast member in 2015 before joining Jessica in a leadership role in 2016), and participating in this project has been a real honor and such a humbling experience for me.  Truth telling and speaking honestly about our struggles are courageous, radical acts, and they are at the core of what Listen To Your Mother is about.  Bringing together a group of folks to speak our truths could not be a more powerful and rewarding experience, and I am so thankful that I get the chance to do it again in 2017 with a new cast and leadership team.

Please stay tuned for updates about our show date and location, as well as audition announcements.  Follow @ltymshow on Twitter for updates!

And if you’re in the Boston area, start thinking about a story about motherhood that you want to share!


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The videos from our show are online!

by Divya on July 26, 2016

The videos from our May 7th show are online!  There are many wonderful things about Listen To Your Mother, and one of them is that all stories from all shows are available for viewing online.  We had many friends, loved ones, and family members who could not attend our show in person and asked if there was a way to view the show online, and here it is:

It’s been a few months since I heard these amazing women read their stories live in front of a packed house, and it was a thrill to click on each one and hear their voices and words again.  Thanks for watching and listening, and thank you all for your support of LTYM Boston 2016!


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We did it!

June 5, 2016

Four weeks ago, on a cold, dreary, rainy, un-spring like Saturday in May, a group of seriously kick*ss women got on a make-shift, intimate stage in a church in Jamaica Plain and performed Boston’s third annual Listen To Your Mother show.  Even though Jessica and I had heard everyone’s stories several times before show day, hearing them again in front of an audience as part of the show we had hoped to create for months was so much more powerful and amazing than we had anticipated. Oh, what energy that morning when we gathered in the church!  We were a little nervous, but mostly so excited and thrilled to stand up together and share our stories.  I have fond memories of sitting around laughing as we set up the stage and all of our equipment.  Here’s our fabulous videographer, Austin! Our cast and their stories represented a wide range of what motherhood can be. […]

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Our amazing local sponsors

April 26, 2016

I remember being a kid and going to see a show or a play or some sporting event, and I always rolled my eyes when someone took the microphone and started the “thanks to our sponsors” bit. But here’s the thing– Listen To Your Mother is very much a labor of love, and Jessica and I put together the show from scratch.  What started as she and I having a coffee last summer turned into a venue, a show date, rehearsal dates, a cast, rehearsals, and so much more (yes, programs, printing, a photographer, etc.) As we round the corner into the home stretch before our show on May 7th, we wanted to take a minute to acknowledge our local sponsors and thank them, because their support makes such a difference as we continue with our labor of love. For me, the best part about contacting potential sponsors was the fact that I […]

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Cast Spotlight: Judith, Divya, and U-Meleni

April 4, 2016

We had our final rehearsal yesterday, and all of us were amazed, once again, by the power of this collection of stories.  Since our first rehearsal, Jessica and I adjusted the order, and the changes made a huge difference and created a much more fluid and well-flowing show.  Many of us had the pleasure of going out to lunch after our rehearsal, and we lingered for a couple hours and enjoyed chatting and learning more about each other.  What a wonderful day!  Here’s our last cast spotlight: Judith Rosenbaum is a historian, educator, and writer, as well as the Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s Archive, a national organization that documents Jewish women’s stories, elevates their voices, and inspires them to be agents of change. A feminist from birth, Judith earned a PhD in American Studies from Brown University, with a focus on the history of women, gender, and social movements, and has taught Women’s and […]

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