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Please make sure to read and understand these details before you schedule your audition of your true motherhood story:

1. IMPORTANT: Each piece must fall be no more than 5 minutes when read aloud. This is approximately 2 pages, but will vary widely depending on format, content, and speaking style. PLEASE PRACTICE BEFORE YOUR AUDITION and edit appropriately to achieve the desired time. (Note: we cannot emphasize how important the time of your essay is. It’s okay if it’s a little over five minutes, but if it’s way over then your chances of being selected for the show will likely decrease. Also, please note that all essays are subject to light editing, for time or other reasons if eventually selected for our show.) Do not memorize your essay. This is a show of readings. We WANT you to read it!

2. The main theme of your piece must have something to do with “motherhood.” Any true story about any aspect of motherhood is great! If you’re unsure whether the MAIN theme of your essay is motherhood, please read it to a friend or two and ask them! If your friends tell you that the main theme of your essay seems to be “overcoming a self esteem problem” or “on-line dating” then you’ll need to do some heavy editing or something else. You do not have to be a mother (or a professional writer!) or even a woman to audition.

3. We always look for a diverse mix of stories. We’re look for funny essays, sad essays, and everything in between. We’re also looking for stories from a diverse group of people of different races, religions, ethnicity, ages, sexuality, personality types, and every other element under the sun that could provide a story with unique perspective.

4. Keep in mind that we advertise our show as PG-13 due to some mature topics. Anything with strong language will likely be edited for a wide audience: we want to put together a show that you can watch with your mom and grandma! And sisters! And husbands! And teens! If your essay is chock-full of expletives, it won’t be selected.

5. You must be the author and owner of all rights to your piece. It’s totally fine if it’s been previously published as long as you retain the rights, and you will still hang onto the rights to your piece if selected for the show.

6. ONLY ONE SUBMISSION PER PERSON. We are firm on this. If you can’t decide between two, please don’t send both; ask someone close to you to help decide on ONE before emailing us.

7. In addition to auditioning on February 24th or 25th, you must be available for the following dates/times:
Read-through: Wednesday, April 5th from 6:30-8:30pm
Rehearsal: Tuesday, April 25th, 6-9 pm
Show Date: Tuesday, May 7th, 5-9pm

Please know that we make both rehearsals mandatory not only so our cast members can practice together, but also because this is a very important part of the bonding process and the experience as a whole.

READY TO SIGN UP? WE CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR YOUR STORY!

Sign up HERE!

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Getting Ready for LTYM: Burbank 2017!

by Stephanie on January 12, 2017

The Burbank Show is coming back to The Colony Theatre on Tuesday, May 2 at 7pm and will once again be directed and produced by Taia Perry and Suzanne Weerts. Proceeds will benefit Burbank’s own Family Service Agency.

In late February 2017, we’ll host auditions — so stay tuned to this site for more details and start writing your 5 minute stories of motherhood… of your own experiences as a mother… of your experiences with your mother… of your attempts to try to become a mother… the story possibilities are endless, and men are welcome to share their experiences too. We’ll be looking for diverse stories that express the experiences of people throughout our community.

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Listen to Your Mother Burbank will be BACK in the Spring of 2017 as part of the 33 city Grand Finale Season!

October 6, 2016

The Burbank Show will once again be directed and produced by Taia Perry and Suzanne Weerts and proceeds will benefit Burbank’s own Family Service Agency. In February 2017, we’ll be giving motherhood a microphone, starting with the auditions so stay tuned to this site for more details and start writing your stories of motherhood…of your own experiences as a mother… of your experiences with your mother… of your attempts to try to become a mother…the story possibilities are endless, and men are welcome to share their experiences too. We’ll be looking for diverse stories that express the experiences of people throughout our community. by

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Watch the 2016 LTYM: Burbank Show on YouTube Now!

July 14, 2016

Did you miss our Listen To Your Mother Show at The Colony Theatre? Now you can watch our stories on the Listen To Your Mother YouTube Channel! This year, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER gave motherhood a microphone in 41 cities — over 500 stories told, with thousands of live-listeners in audiences across the U.S. and Canada. Watch the 2016 Burbank show below or on the Listen To Your Mother YouTube Channel here. With heartfelt thanks and enormous gratitude to our 2016 cast and production team, and to our North American sponsors SheKnows #BlogHer16, Luvs, and local sponsors The Board of Directors of Burbank’s Family Service Agency, Alisa Cunningham of Teles Properties and Smooth Medical Skin Aesthetics Wellness Spa, along with in-kind partners Susy Shearer Photography, D’Argenzio Wine Bar and Akers Brothers and Sister Printing. We also invite you to experience voices from our shows all across North America featuring powerful true stories that capture all facets of contemporary […]

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Burbank’s First Annual LTYM Was A Success!!

May 18, 2016

Burbank’s First Annual LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER Show was a resounding success! From the joy of the cast members who shared their stories with such brilliance, to the awe of the audience who had no idea what to expect and left the beautiful Colony Theatre profoundly touched and thoroughly entertained, our generous local sponsors and supportive friends helped us raise almost $3,000 for Burbank’s Family Service Agency in a night of laughter, tears and compelling stories of life, love, loss and motherhood. LTYM: Burbank would not have been possible without the kind support of our Northern America media Sponsor BlogHer and SheKnowsMedia. We’re so excited that that BlogHer `16: Experts Among Us – the annual conference for women in social media will be right here in our own backyard at the Marriott at LA LIVE in downtown Los Angeles August 4-6. Who knows what great ideas are percolating within YOU?! Join us there and […]

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