Schedule your 2017 LTYM DC Audition Today!

by Kate on January 10, 2017


DC’s finale Listen to Your Mother Show will take place on Sunday, May 7, 2:00-3:30 p.m. And starting today, we are officially scheduling auditions! You can find all details here:

First the logistics. Auditions will be held in Reston, VA and Washington, DC on two separate dates:

February 12
Appointments run from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods Plaza, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA 20191; 703-476-4500.

February 19
Appointments run from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the office of our amazing cause, My Sister’s Place, 1436 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009. (This is a private office so please do not call for directions or location information. E-mail all questions to

To secure your spot, send an e-mail to with your preferred date and time of day. We will do our our best to accommodate your preferences, but will be operating on a “first come, first served” basis. Alternate dates/times will be offered as necessary. Once the spots are filled, we will begin a waiting list for cancelled appointment times. We will not be able to accommodate auditions that have not been previously scheduled.

Other important dates to keep in mind include:

February 27
The 2015 cast will be announced here!

April 1
A cast read through/rehearsal will be held 7:00-10:00 p.m. Please do not audition if you will not be available for the read through – it is a cast requirement.

April 17-May 5
The director will schedule one private rehearsal appointment with each cast member.

May 7
SHOW DAY! The show will take place at the Spectrum Theatre, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Cast will arrive by 12:00 p.m. for an on-stage run through.

If you have a motherhood story to tell and are available for the required rehearsals, then we’d love to see you at auditions!

Some advice on your audition…
Many people arrive telling us how nervous they feel. DON’T! Listen to Your Mother is about storytelling, and the stories that we feature each year are selected as the group that works best together as a cohesive show. Rest assured, YOUR story is perfect for Listen to Your Mother. So why would you feel nervous?

As for the types of stories we’re looking for…well, that’s for you to tell us. We have no idea what to expect for 2017 other than that 30-50 people will come in and blow us away with their talent and heart. We never go into auditions with specific subject matter or themes in mind.

That said, there are some practical parameters you should remember when writing or selecting your essay:

With only 90 minutes of stage time, we do have to limit the length of each reading. If one 12-minute story is featured, that leaves a lot less time for the others; so we are looking for essays that take approximately five minutes to read aloud. You will be amazed at how long it takes to read some of your favorite work. Try to make edits before you audition. As much as we may LOVE your 12-minute reading, we probably won’t have time to work with you on cutting it down to a manageable length.

Also – don’t waste time memorizing your essay. These are readings not monologues. As long as you are familiar enough with your material to look up from the page and engage with your audience, then you should be fine. We just want to feel like you are telling us a story as opposed to reading from a script.

But really, the most important thing to remember about your audition (because you can come in and read us a 12-minute essay and we’ll still LOVE it even if we can’t cast you) is that your reading MUST be about MOTHERHOOD. Your experience as a mother…your experience with your mother…your personal thoughts on being a mother or mother figure… Really anything goes as long as Motherhood is the star. You don’t have to be a mother (or even a woman) to be in this show, but you do have to tell us a motherhood story. And it does have to be your story. This show features only personal essays read by the author.

Still interested? We hope so! Once your appointment is scheduled, you will be e-mailed a brief form to fill out and bring to your audition. You must also bring THREE copies of the piece you will be reading. One for the producer, one for the director and one for your reading.

Want more advice? National Director, Ann Imig has some GREAT tips on preparing for auditions. Also, DC Director, Stephanie Stearns Dulli has answered the question: “what on earth would I write about?

If you have any questions that have not been answered here, please don’t hesitate to ask! E-mail me (Kate) at for information, advice and general hand-holding.

We can’t wait to listen to YOUR motherhood story!

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The LTYM 2017 FINALE Season Begins!

by Kate on October 6, 2016

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How is it possible that almost half a year has passed? Well, autumn is here and so is the beginning of a new Listen to Your Mother season! And not just “a” LTYM season – but the FINALE season…exciting, bittersweet and as always, brimming with anticipation for the amazing stories this year’s show will feature.

We don’t have dates for…anything yet. But we can say that DC auditions will take place in February and the show will be the weekend before Mother’s Day.

If you have a story you are dying to share on stage, we want to hear it! Contact us at to be put on an e-mail list for auditions.

Have friends in other cities who might like to audition? Here is the full list:

Baton Rouge
Kansas City
La Crosse
Lehigh Valley
Metro Detroit
New Orleans
North Jersey
Northern Utah
Oklahoma City
Plumas County
San Antonio
San Francisco Bay Area
Southwest Michigan
St. Louis
Twin Cities
Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA

For more LTYM news, subscribe to the monthly newsletter. These will include information on all of the cities’ auditions and ticket sales, as well as book news and alumni news from hundreds and hundreds of amazing creative women and men who’ve graced our stages. Follow LTYM on Facebook, InstagramPinterest, and Twitter. And while you wait for the 2017 shows, you can view all 2,000 videos from past seasons on our LTYMShow YouTube channel!

Thank you for helping us give Motherhood a Microphone, telling even more of your stories. WE CAN’T WAIT!!

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The 2016 LTYM: DC Videos Are Here!

August 17, 2016

Watch the videos from our 2016 show above or on the Listen To Your Mother YouTube Channel! by

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That’s a Wrap for LTYM DC 2016…

May 11, 2016

It’s never easy to describe a Listen to Your Mother show… It’s so much more than a performance. It’s an experience, and truly, words could never do it justice. So much easier to share a piece of that experience through pictures! It started with an empty stage… …and the cast’s pre-show excitement and anticipation… …and the audience’s pre-show excitement and anticipation! Speaking of those pre-show hours…2015 cast member, Ashley Fuchs made sure this year’s cast looked particularly gorgeous on stage. HUGE thanks to Ashley for offering to help us all with professional stage makeup! We should also take a minute to thank sponsor, Liz Smith – Stella & Dot Independent Stylist. Liz offered her styling services to the cast, and let us raid her jewelry box (more like many, many boxes…) for some special show bling! Then suddenly, it was time to take the stage… No joke – those 90 minutes feel like 20. Because […]

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A Final Thank You to Our Sponsors AND a Peek at the DC Show!

May 9, 2016

Every year, we brag about how the Listen to Your Mother DC show was so incredibly fantastic. And this year was no exception. “Phenomenal” doesn’t even begin to describe what took place on stage… There were stories unlike anything we’ve ever featured before. There was a line out the door for onsite ticket sales. (Perhaps the result of baseball and soccer games being rained out? We’ll take it!) There has been no end to the continuing e-mails and Facebook messages about how people were entertained and moved and amused and inspired to look at the stranger beside them and think, “I wonder what your story is.” If you weren’t able to be there, here’s a quick glimpse… All of the images above were taken by our fabulous show photographer, Julie Lowery of Julie Lowery Photography. We can’t thank her enough for volunteering her time and talent as our official show photographer! More eye candy to come… We’d also like […]

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