LTYM: New Orleans is LIVE on YouTube!

by Lisha on July 14, 2016

Missed the live show?? Now you can hear our storytellers on YouTube!

This year, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER gave motherhood a microphone in 41 cities — over 500 stories told, with thousands of live-listeners in audiences across the U.S. and Canada.

Buffie LaRocca reads her piece, "Tall Enough."

Buffie LaRocca reads her piece, “Tall Enough.”

Here in New Orleans, hundreds of folks gathered in the theater at Jesuit High School to listen to a diverse group of writers sharing their humorous, moving, and profound words. You can watch the entire 2016 NOLA show by clicking this playlist.

NOLA's inaugural show drew an enthusiastic audience.

NOLA’s inaugural show drew an enthusiastic audience.

With heartfelt thanks and enormous gratitude to our 2016 cast and production team, and to our North American sponsors SheKnows #BlogHer16, Luvs, and local sponsors Revolution Realty, HairWear – Home of Crescent City Curly Girl, nolaParent.com, The Mouse Detectives, Mary Jo Wink – Pampered Chef Consultant, Patty Cakes, Arabella Casa di Pasta, and to our photographer Dawn Barnett.

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We also invite you to experience voices from our shows all across North America featuring powerful true stories that capture all facets of contemporary parenting (as well as stories about our own upbringing) including very timely personal narratives given the recent events in Orlando, Baton Rouge, Shaker Heights, and Dallas. On the Listen To Your Mother YouTube channel we feature a variety of playlists by topic, and for 2016 we’ve added two new playlists–one with stories about race, and another with stories from LGBTQ families.

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From the darkness of the stage wings, we couldn’t see the audience. We didn’t know if they were engaged. Couldn’t tell if they were updating their Facebook statuses, dozing off, or listening.

Then we heard it. Just a few moments after she took the mic.

Laughter.

Then, a few moments later, we heard it again.

Then silence, as she hit a serious note. Then more laughter. Then applause.

One by one, our storytellers took the stage to tell their tales. And from backstage we heard the roar of laughter, felt the stillness of profound silence, followed by the vibration of applause. Over and over.

They connected with the audience in wondrous ways with their tales and brought them to their feet when the last story was told. There was an energy in the theater I can only describe as magical.

It exceeded our expectations in every way.

To our storytellers, our deepest gratitude. Each of you left a piece of your heart on the stage and with every person in the audience. We are honored that you chose to share your story with the world through Listen To Your Mother. We cannot imagine a more perfect cast to bring LTYM to New Orleans than you.

Jennifer Williams  ·  Monica Derbes Gibson  ·  Kyley Pulphus  ·  Buffie LaRocca

Doug Moreau  ·  Stacey Gengel  ·  Lisha Fink  ·  Cheryl Neiswender

Vanessa Cheneau  ·  Jeanne Andrus  ·  Connie McLeod

Cast 1

Clockwise from top left: Doug Moreau, Jeanne Andrus, Connie McLeod, Monica Derbes Gibson

Cast 2

Clockwise from top left: Kyley Pulphus, Erin Stevens, Jennifer Williams

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Clockwise from top left: Cheryl Neiswender, Buffie LaRocca, Vanessa Cheneau, Stacey Gengel, Lisha Fink

Our thanks to emcee Erin Stevens, who did an amazing job and weaving the show together with charm and style.

We are grateful to our LTYM National Team — Ann Imig, Melisa Wells, Taya Dunn Johnson, Stephanie Precourt and Deb Rox. They are the women who make it all happen — and to our national sponsors, SheKnows Media / BlogHer and Luvs Diapers.

And we owe one more round of applause to our wonderful local sponsors, Revolution Realty, Hairwear – Home of Crescent City Curly Girl, nolaParent.com, The Mouse Detectives, Mary Jo Wink – Pampered Chef Consultant, Arabella Casa di Pasta, Patty Cakes, Katie’s Jewelry and Gifts, Perino’s Home & Garden Center, A&A Signs, and MJ’s. Without their generous support, Listen To Your Mother: New Orleans would still be a dream.

When we were little girls, playing pretend mommies and imagining what our lives would be like when we were all grown up, we never imagined being part of such an amazing experience as this.

LTYM New Orleans Co-Producers Pepper Caruso and Lisha Fink

LTYM New Orleans Co-Producers Pepper Caruso and Lisha Fink

It’s like the Universe did us all a solid by bringing us together.  <3

Pepper and Lisha

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One More Day

May 6, 2016

The stories are printed and bound. My dining room is filled with signs and flowers and bags of supplies. The music is downloaded, and my dress is hanging on the closet door. All we have left to do is wait. One more day. A year ago I stood on a stage in Baton Rouge and told my story. And I listened to others’ stories. And I was infused with the magic that is LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER. I saw people in the audience heal. I witnessed validation and solidarity and compassion, all through the simple act of telling a story. Tomorrow night, y’all. Tomorrow night is the night New Orleans becomes part of that community. Tomorrow night the people of MY beloved city get to experience the magic, to heal, and be validated. I hope to see you there. by

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Meet the Cast: Jennifer Williams

May 3, 2016

This mama has so many stories to tell, I’m surprised she was able to decide on just one to tell for her audition. But, boy, am I glad she did. Her story, “Welcome To The Club” will make every mother nod in solidarity, while marveling at the unique perspective Jennifer brings from her own experiences as the mother of a child with Type 1 Diabetes.  Get your tickets, folks. You don’t want to miss this!   Tell us a little bit about yourself. I am a mother of one 10 year old girl, Grace, who is a phenomenally positive type 1 diabetic.  I have been married to my husband, Steve, for 12 years.  I have been a teacher for 16 years.  I have always lived in the Metairie/Kenner area.  I am very sarcastic and love to talk to new people. What’s the best advice your mother ever gave you? The best advice my […]

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Meet the Cast: Stacey Gengel

May 2, 2016

When Stacey began reading at her audition, I hung on every word. Her lyrical style of storytelling had me engaged from the first sentence. Even more captivating than her style, though, was the message of her piece. Join us at Jesuit High School this Saturday to hear Stacey’s story, “Cuts With Scissors.”   Tell me a little bit about yourself. I spent my childhood in Upstate New York, grew into an adult in Boulder, Colorado, and became a wife, mother, and child psychologist here in New Orleans.  My professional training in no way prepared me to parent my creative, persistent, and spirited, children, Betsy (age 6) and Louie (age 2).  I’m continuously baffled that they expect dinner every night, and eternally grateful for my husband, Brent, who reminds me that there is humor in any situation. What’s the best advice your mother ever gave you? Marry someone with an uncomplicated family. Once you commit to […]

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