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Save the Date for DC Auditions!

by Kate on January 8, 2013

UPDATE: if you are planning to audition, here are some GREAT tips on preparing from National Director, Ann Imig! If you would like to audition, but have not yet requested appointment, our schedule is now full. To put your name on a waiting list, please send an e-mail to

The dates are set – the locations are booked – and we are READY to hear your stories! If you are interested in auditioning for the DC show, here are all of the dates and details:

January 21
We will start taking audition appointments. To secure your spot, send an e-mail (no earlier than January 21) 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.

February 9
Auditions will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Place Herndon/Dulles Airport-East, 13711 Sayward Boulevard, Herndon, VA 20171; 571-643-0905. We will not be able to accommodate auditions that have not been previously scheduled.

February 16
Auditions will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Hyatt House Gaithersburg, 200 Skidmore Blvd., Gaithersburg, MD 20877; 301-527-6000. We will not be able to accommodate auditions that have not been previously scheduled.

February 25
The 2013 cast will be announced here!

March 9
A cast read through/rehearsal will be held 7:00-10:00 p.m. (location TBD). Please do not audition if you will not be available for the read through – it is a cast requirement.

March 10-April 21
The director will schedule one private rehearsal appointment with each cast member.

April 28
SHOW DAY! The show will take place at the Synetic Theater in Crystal City, VA, 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…
First and foremost – relax! We had fifty people audition last year, and agreed that each and every one of them deserved to be on stage. Your story is beautiful and important, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to hear it. It is truly our pleasure.

On a more practical note, the show is only 90 minutes long, so we are looking for essays that take approximately 3-5 minutes to read aloud. That amazing thing you wrote last year? May require some edits. Don’t be surprised to find that your opus takes a whopping 12 minutes to read (not that I would know this first hand or anything…) Also – you would think this is a given, but your audition piece MUST be about MOTHERHOOD. Your experience as 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.

Once your appointment is scheduled, we will forward you a brief from 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.

And that is another important point to make: these are readings not monologues. You do not have to memorize your piece for this show. But we do want to feel like you are telling us a story (not reading us a story). So being familiar with your material and able to look up from the page to engage with your audience is very important.

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 look forward to YOU telling US what stories the 2013 Listen to Your Mother – DC show will tell!

Elaine January 9, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Good luck everyone! It’s going to be a fantastic show.

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