What could be better than seeing amazing people read their original words on stage? Watching those words read from your living room. And you can, because the 2016 LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: Charleston videos have been released!


These videos feel a little like coming home. You know you’ll find something familiar, something comfortable, something that pulls at your heartstrings in the best possible way. And Charleston is just one of 41 cities across North America. There are over 500 stories to listen, learn from, grow with. There’s motherhood to embrace in these stories–varied, hard, blissful, beautiful, and brutal.

The whole Charleston show can be seen right here. Or here is the breakdown by reader.

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I promise that Charleston is a good place to start your Listen To Your Mother journey, but keep watching. There are stories of love and loss. This movement is all inclusive and welcoming. So no matter what your Motherhood Story is, you’ll find something to relate to. Look to the LTYM Playlists for Stories about Race, or Stories from LGBTQ Families.

Thank you so much to the businesses and organizations that make Listen To Your Mother a reality: our National Media Sponsor BlogHer, and locally Gala Desserts,  Lowcountry LiveLowcountry Coffee Roasters, A Cut Above the Rest, and Stella Nova.

Happy watching!


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Thank You Charleston!

by Anna Hartman on May 16, 2016

Listen to Your Mother makes the most amazing kind of magic.


It grows when like-minded people share the same space and breathe the same air. It grows when an audience says “Yes. I feel that way too,” or “I understand you,” or “I thought I was the only one.”

That’s special magic, and we grew it in Sottile on May 1. The magic grew and unfolded. It took control and while you couldn’t see it, you sure could feel the energy and power and strength. All those wonderful feelings were there, alive and amazing.

LTYM-Recap-8The cast of LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: Charleston took the stage at Sottile, and the audience heard the most breath-catching stories. There were words of heartbreak and love. Stories that were funny, and stories that made us all feel like we’d found our people.

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I’ve been floating one something of a dream since the show, a little tender as I felt and relived every moment again and again. And I’ve been wishing to go back, and also looking forward knowing that this isn’t the end. Everyone who was there cast, crew, audience gets to carry this magic with them, and that’s the power of Listen To Your Mother.


Thank you so much to our sponsors who help to make this show a reality in Charleston.

BlogHer, part of SheKnows Media, returned as our North American media sponsor. BlogHer hosts the leading annual conference for women in social media–the very event that inspired founder Ann Imig’s first LTYM show in Madison, Wisconsin in 2010—-and where we are proud to co-host an open mic storytelling event. Join us this summer and discover what big ideas lay waiting inside you at BlogHer ’16: Experts Among Us, August 4-6th in Los Angeles.
We are so grateful for BlogHer’s ongoing support!

Our rehearsal sponsor, Gala Desserts has delicious coffee, delicious key lime cheesecake, and a beautiful space. The European-style cafe serves light food, specializes in decadent desserts, espresso, and spirits. There’s breakfast all day, signature paninis, tapas, full coffee bar, wine, beer, and cocktails. Really, what else could you need. Be sure to stop by on Tuesday nights for Talent Tuesdays that showcase local comedy, music, and written word. They also help dress our stage to perfection!

Thank you also for our other amazing sponsors:  Lowcountry LiveLowcountry Coffee Roasters, A Cut Above the Rest, and Stella Nova.

Silver Vine photography captured all the magic so perfectly.

Thank you also to the amazing cast of LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: Charleston who made this show and have forever left your mark on that stage and on my heart. Cliche? Yes. But totally true.


This year, we donated 10% of our ticket proceeds to WINGS for Kids, a comprehensive social and emotional learning program that teaches Lowcountry elementary school age kids to behave well, make good decisions, and build healthy relationships.

One final thank you to YOU! If you auditioned a piece, joined the cast, visited the web site, sent us traveling mercies and well wishes, we appreciate you!


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Cast Round Up

April 23, 2016

I am so proud of the cast of Listen To Your Mother Charleston. They have come together, tied close by their courage and need to share their stories. And they’ve combined, merged, and formed this amazing whole that you’ll see on the Sottile stage on May 1. Without these 13, this show would not be possible. They’ve made this year diverse, beautiful, and simply perfect. Cinelle Barnes, Tara Broman, Cindi Carver-Futch, Chelsie Erickson, Tim Falvey, Meredith Hemenway-Betzhold, Mary Catherine James, Heather Thomas Morton, Ronda S. Perry, Lorenzo Pringle, Treal Ravenel, Marie Baldridge Slone, Zach Ubaldini You don’t want to miss this year’s LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: Charleston. You can buy tickets by clicking here, and remember that 10% of our ticket proceeds are donated to WINGS for Kids.  by

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Welcome to Sottile Theatre

April 18, 2016

There are few theater spaces in Charleston that are more beautiful than Sottile Theatre. Now part of the College of Charleston, Sottile started off as the Gloria Theatre was built by Albert Sottile in the 1920s. Originally, the space showed movies and vaudville-style shows to theater goers on King Street downtown. It was revered and admired as a premier movie house. When the movie Gone With the Wind debuted in South Carolina, the cast showed up at the the Gloria to celebrate the film. Sottile Theatre was donated to the College of Charleston in the 1970s, and restoration began in the 80s. But in true Charleston style, many of the historic details were maintained–including the blue sky dome over the audience and the ornamental ironwork, making Sottile a revered and beautiful space in the heart of Downtown Charleston.   We are excited to bring LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: Charleston to the Sottile Stage on May […]

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Meet the Cast | Zach Ubaldini

April 15, 2016

Meet Zach Ubaldini. He’s a Jersey boy turned Southern gentlemen who is following his own mother’s strong example in the way he lives his life every day. He will read “The Eyes” on May 1 at Sottile. Zach Ubaldini is a Jersey boy from Mount Laurel, New Jersey, who spent part of his childhood at the shore catching rays and eating fried Oreos on the Boardwalk. His parents gave him a wonderful childhood; unfortunately for them, he moved south when it came time for college. His first months at Pembroke, North Carolina, gave him complete culture shock. While at college, he studied political science, marketing, international business, some sort of botany, and finally English, which he earned his degree in. After graduating, he sought refuge with his high school sweetheart in Charleston, where they both are earning graduate degrees. Since moving to the Peninsula, he has bounced around jobs, prepared for his master’s […]

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