Listen to Your Mother is Back in Kansas City!

by Greta on November 18, 2015

I can not express how very excited we are to be bringing Listen To Your Mother back to the Kansas City area! You may have seen the announcement for the 2016 season, in which Kansas City was among the 41 cities.

I (Greta) was a cast member in the inaugural LTYM-Kansas City show in 2013 and it honestly changed my life. Since then, I’ve been hoping to be able to play a role in another show here and am just beside myself to be directing in 2016, along with producer Kathleen Fisher, who was in Kansas City’s 2014 cast. We have huge shoes to fill, and are beyond honored to be taking the reins this year.

We are thrilled to be holding the show in Lawrence, KS, and can’t wait to share some of the amazing, artsy, college-town vibe of the city with you. Details on the date and venue coming very soon, as well as news about submissions and auditions.

Listen To Your Mother is all about sharing authentic voices with stories about motherhood…by mothers, for mothers, about mothers. Everyone has a story to tell, and we would be humbled to hear yours.

This process of bringing the show back is a daunting one, to be sure. But, even though we’re still in the very early stages, we’re already chugging along and bursting at the seams to bring you all of the details as we nail them down! We are honored to be given the task of bringing a dozen or more brand new funny, heart-wrenching, relatable, touching, and above all, REAL stories of motherhood to our community and hope that you’ll be there to laugh, cry, and nod me too right along with us.


Photo by Karen Ledford Photography

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2014 Season Videos Are Live on YouTube!

by Lisa on July 22, 2014

I’m not a big fan of summer. The heat makes me crazy, kids at home when I’m trying to work makes me weary and the sweat—oh my Lordy, the sweat—makes me cringe. I’d happily trade every single summer day for an equal distribution of spring afternoons and fall evenings, and I have the sweaters and fuzzy socks to prove it.

There is one thing about summer, however, that makes me ridiculously happy: Listen To Your Mother Show videos live on YouTube!

Of course, we’re partial to the Kansas City show. We want to thank Buck Sommerkamp (again) for doing such a fantastic job and capturing our readings so well. As a director, it was a huge relief to know that Buck was up in that balcony, and our team is so thankful that he is a pro. We’re lucky that he’s worked with us for these past two years.


Buck’s vantage point. We thank him for capturing this image, and for his talent with the video camera.

If you want to watch the entire Kansas City show all the way through, in the order of appearance on show night, you can simply watch this playlist.

If you want to jump right to a certain reading, you can do that through these links:

Mary Katherine Kerbs – Grandma’s Best Advice

Katherine Bontrager – If You Want to Make God Laugh

Renee Lawrence – Lucy’s Return Home

Natasha Ria El Scari – Feminist Children

Debi Jackson – That’s Good Enough

Amy Carlson – Together

Sarah Guthrie – The Rabbit Shrew

Debra Carter – Ask and You Shall Receive

Kathleen Fisher – Coming Out and the Pursuit of Happiness

Liz Tascio – When You Were a Fish

Amy Zoe Schonhoff – The Heroine’s Journey

Lisa Allen – Three Little Letters

Mary Carver – Stay Weird: A Letter to My Daughter

Stacey Lucas – A Little Healthy Fear

Once you’ve watched the Kansas City show, I hope you’ll also make the time to watch shows from the other 31 cities. There are so many that have taken my breath away! Even better, Listen To Your Mother’s Online Content Manager Stephanie Precourt has taken the time to put together some super cool playlists:

LTYM 2014: Producers and Directors (Sarah Guthrie and Lisa Allen are included in this playlist)

LTYM 2014 Featured Videos (Debi Jackson and Lisa Allen are included in this playlist)

LTYM 2014: Humor  (Stacey Lucas, Natasha Ria El Scari and Sarah Guthrie are included in this playlist)

LTYM 2014: “Non-Moms” (Mary Katherine Kerbs is included in this playlist)

And last but certainly not least, we want to say thank you once more to our local and national sponsors for making the Kansas City show possible.  We were overwhelmed with the support of our local sponsors: Hoopla Studio, Dr. Michelle Robin, Maid in Kansas City, Becky Blades, Oprava Studios, Greenleaf Garden Services, Dawn Swanger Photography, Junque Drawer Boutique and Studio, Taylor Trims, Brookside Party Warehouse, Savvy Style, St. Luke’s Health System, Eppelheimer Graphic Design, Storyline Kansas City, Childers Counseling Services, Le Fou Frog, James W. Lusk Law Office, Creative Printing Company and Just Because. We thank STUFF for the donation of gift bags for our cast, Sheryl White at Fiddly Fig for the gorgeous flower arrangements that graced the stage, Cosentino’s Brookside Market for the donation of snacks, Christine Garvey at Unity Temple and of course, Buck Sommerkamp for his support and encouragement. Please check out their sites, especially the national video sponsor, If you purchase their booklet for $5 now, all of the proceeds go towards their charity, Junior Achievement USA.



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In Retrospect: The Stories That Bind Us

May 15, 2014

“You see us as you want to see us, in the simplest terms and most convenient definitions.” ~The Breakfast Club You see us as: A mother. A Girl Scout troop leader. A journalist. A bookworm. A professor. A mother. A fundraising consultant. A writer. A basket case. A mother. A poet. An accountant. A life coach. A blogger. A brain. A mother. A non-profit founder. A daughter. A board member. A mother. Yes, motherhood is in that list more than once. It’s there over and over because being a mother seeps into every single part of our lives. We juggle, we prioritize, we triage; sometimes successfully, other times by grace. We are — collectively and individually — a force to contend with. No wonder the 2013 LTYM: KC cast coined a new word during rehearsal: “motherherd.”   The thing about herds is…they stick together. And that’s precisely what we did. We clung to […]

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Local Sponsor Spotlight: Dawn Swanger Photography

May 1, 2014

  Listen to Your Mother is about connections. All along the way, you’ll find yourself meeting special people who share in your spirit. This is what happened with Dawn Swanger, our photographer for 2014. I met her one night at a function and we clicked. We talked a great deal about the upcoming show. I had just accepted the role of co-director and we’d selected our charity partner, Women’s Employment Network. She told me about her recent divorce, finding her new place in life and her love of photography. I excitedly shared with her that WEN offered business classes to women who were looking for a reboot and encouraged her to go. I told her about the Women’s Business Center and the Capital Connection. Over the next month, Dawn enrolled in classes and completed her course work with WEN. I kept in touch and loved hearing about her success. It seemed natural that […]

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Local Sponsor Spotlight: Just Because

April 29, 2014

It was a dark and stormy night — no, wait, it wasn’t stormy but it was dark. Melisa Brown was waiting for a ride home from work.  So she began to dream… about cupcakes. Yes, cupcakes. Cocktail cupcakes specifically. What if she could create recipes using ingredients from popular cocktails?   “I did a bit of research to find out the best way to bake them,” she said.  “A lot of people infuse them after they are baked but I wanted to use the alcohol as an ingredient.” So her Tequila Sunrise, Chocolatini and Lemon Drop cupcakes were born! But don’t ask her to share the recipe. “I never share my secrets!” she says. Melisa started baking and named her bakery Just Because. Because, well, sometimes you don’t need a reason to eat a cupcake.  You want it Just Because. Melisa still holds on to her day job leading a team of data entry […]

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