It’s Submission Time!

by Lisa on January 9, 2014

Note: Submissions are now closed for the 2014 season. Thank you for your interest, and we can’t wait to see you at the show!

As I type this, I keep stealing peeks at the quilt thrown over the chair to my left.I’ve only recently taken it out of storage; it was a gift from my grandma, the piecing and top stitching done by her so long ago she’d forgotten when or why she made it.

From the time I left my hometown in 1988 to move to Chicago for college, my grandma was convinced she’d die and I wouldn’t make it back in time to “get anything.” She lived a modest life. Actually, ‘modest’ is a generous word. But what she lacked in worldly possessions she made up for in spirit, and she shared her experiences as a mother, a daughter and a grandmother with those interested enough to ask.

I always think of her—and of this quilt—when I think about Listen to Your Mother. I wonder what she’d submit, though something tells me she’d prefer being in the audience to being on stage. She never passed up an opportunity to meet and chat with someone new, especially if involved interesting conversation. Goodness knows she loved a great story.

Every Listen to Your Mother show is different because the stories are different. Even now, as we put out our call for submissions, we’re not sure what our show will look like. We know there will be moments that make us laugh and some that make us cry. We know that while each story alone is important, the real magic happens once they’re all patched and pieced together, one after the other, much like my beloved quilt.

That’s where you come in. We want your story! Submissions are officially open, and we can’t wait to get lost in your words. Here are the specifics:

Submissions will be accepted until midnight (CST) February 15, 2014. Please email ONE submission to and include your name and the title of your piece in the subject line (i.e. Lisa Allen—The 180 Factor). Attach your piece as a Word document, and include your name, email, phone number and title of your piece on your first page.

Each piece should be about five minutes when read aloud. That means word count will vary depending on your delivery, so please time yourself as you read it before submitting. Please remember that our show is rated PG13 because of potentially sensitive subjects; we reserve the right to edit for inappropriate language if necessary.

Your piece must be an original work, not previously published (or previously published only if you retain the rights), and focused on any aspect of motherhood.

Confirmation of receipt emails will be sent within 24 hours.

A couple of important logistical notes:
Auditions will be held February 28 and March 1
There will be two pre-show rehearsals that cast members are required to attend: April 5 and April 26.
Our show is May 3 at 7:30 p.m. Cast members will be required to arrive no later than 3:30 that day. 

Last, but certainly not least, we’d love help spreading the word about this call for submissions. If you know someone who would be GREAT, please share this post! If you have a place in mind for a flyer, let us know and we’ll gladly deliver the goods. Please, thank you and YOU ROCK!

Need more info? Watch this space, check out our FAQ page, ask us a question in the comments section or use the email above to shoot us a private note. If you need any inspiration, check out the Listen to Your Mother YouTube channel and watch any of the videos from previous shows. We’re a bit biased, but we suggest starting with Kansas City’s videos, or you could blog hop the recaps from our 2013 cast.


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Cedric Hurtt January 10, 2014 at 7:16 pm

My mother Helen Hurtt made me the man that I am today! because she was a driving force in my life. She taught me to never give up even when you’re at your lowest point look up walk tall with your head high and be proud of yourself. I was born in 1960 a time where color play a big factor? My mother would always say to me act and carry yourself like you belong. don’t give anyone a reason to reject you are tell you don’t belong here. My mother had many phrases she told me over the years? these phrases! Inspired me everyday when I face tough road ahead in life, a serious reading problem. That inspired me to write a book called Mama used to say these101Phrases!

Lisa January 11, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Hi Cedric! Your mother sounds like a lovely, strong (and smart) woman! I hope you’ll submit a piece for consideration for the show.

Janet Sunderland January 30, 2014 at 12:34 am

I have a favorite story, “I’m My Own Grandma” that would be a wonderful entry and I’m a trained actress – and I’m out of town Apr. 22 to May 7th. Is this a regular and will you do it again next year?

Thanks, Janet Sunderland, Kansas City

Lisa January 30, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Hi Janet~ thanks so much for your interest and your question! Right now we’re focusing on the 2014 show. Be sure to check back through the year for updates, though!

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