Chicago Submissions are Open!

by Tracey on January 18, 2016

Today is the day! We are now accepting submissions for the Chicago 2016 Listen To Your Mother Show, which will be held on Sunday May 1 at 2:00pm, at the Athenaeum Theatre! From today, January 18, until 11:59pm CST on February 5th, all submissions are welcome for consideration.

Details before you submit:

1. IMPORTANT: Each essay must fall within three (MINIMUM) to five-ish minutes (MAXIMUM, and shorter is preferred!) when read aloud. This is approximately 2-3 pages, but will vary widely depending on content and speaking style. PLEASE READ IT ALOUD AND TIME YOURSELF, and then edit appropriately to achieve the desired time before submitting if necessary. (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.” You do not have to be a mother (or a professional writer!) or even a woman to submit an essay! Read this post we wrote about the non-mom perspective.

3. We always look for a diverse mix of stories. In addition, we look for funny essays, sad essays, and everything in between.

4. Keep in mind that we advertise our show as PG-13 due to some mature topics. Anything with strong language may 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!

5. You must be the author and owner of all rights to your piece. (Totally fine if it’s been previously published as long as you retain the rights.)

6. If you have submitted an essay previously that we have asked you to read for us at auditions, it’s totally fine to submit the same one if you’d like to.

7. 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.

8. You must be available for the following dates/times:
Auditions: Feb 27th or 28th or 29th(various audition time slots available)
Rehearsal: March 19th, 12-3 pm
Rehearsal: April 17th, 2-5 pm
Show Date: May 1st, 11-7 (approximately)

9. Send your essay to with the title of your piece and the words “2016 submission” in the subject line. Example: a submission titled “My Motherhood Story” would have a subject line that says: “My Motherhood Story, 2016 submission.”

Photo credit: Elizabeth Rago

Photo by Elizabeth Rago

We will email everyone who submits with a confirmation of receipt within 24 hours. Emails informing everyone of choices for auditions will go out on February 6.

If you have questions, please ask in the comments or email us! We promise you, this experience is worth it, EVERY time!!

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