AUDITION TIME! Your Story Matters!

by monicagebell on January 7, 2017

auditiontime2017Auditions for written and read true stories on the theme of motherhood will take place on March 5th, 9th, and 11th at Writers & Books.

Sign up for your audition date and time here!

You have a moment, a memory, a discovery, a secret, a longing, a revelation—that makes you laugh out loud, that brings tears to your eyes, or fills you with frustration, or utter joy—about motherhood. You have a story about being a mother, having a mother, thinking about motherhood. This is your chance to make your voice heard.

The third Listen to Your Mother: Rochester show will be on May 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre.

What to Expect on Audition Day:

Arrive at Writers & Books 10 minutes before your audition slot to fill out your audition paperwork.

You’ll need to prepare and bring two copies of your 5-minutes-or-less story; one for you to read (do not memorize nor perform), one for us to keep with your name on both.

We will share with you some dates you’ll need to be available for rehearsals. Please bring your calendar.

We will create a safe and encouraging space for all readers. Bring questions for us, if you have them. We can’t wait to LISTEN!

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Announcing The 2017 LTYM Grand Finale!

by monicagebell on October 9, 2016

You heard that right: in the two weeks leading up to Mother’s Day in May, 2017, 33 cities will be producing the Grand Finale season of Listen To Your Mother–and Rochester will join its sister cities on stage!

This summer, we said a teary so-long (but not goodbye!) to our Emily Horowitz, who has relocated to Colorado, and who made working on the past two seasons an absolute blast. Emily tells us she’ll be visiting, and will not miss the 2017 show, and we’re holding her to it!

We are also so happy to announce that joining our team as an official assistant this season will be 2016 cast member Sally Bittner Bonn! (More about Sally to come–we’re just thrilled she’s with us!)

Our Rochester production team is so proud to have been a part of this nationwide effort to lend Motherhood a voice, all the while supporting local women, local families, and local businesses. To date, twenty-six brave writers have shared with Rochester their stories, which have made us realize that there is true unity when we put our diverse voices together.

How can you be a part of this epic celebration of our mothers/our caretakers, and ourselves ?

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter (just once per month–no spam here) for updates about auditions, ticket sales for our live shows, book news, and alumni news from hundreds and hundreds of amazing creative women and men who’ve graced our stages. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram,Pinterest, and Twitter. As we anticipate 2017, enjoy 2000 videos from past seasons on our LTYMShow YouTube channel.

We cannot wait to bring you another rollicking ride through the highs and lows, the joys and pains, the wonders and frustrations, the hilarity and the gravitas that is Motherhood: on May 13th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lyric Theater, we’ll do just that.

And you’ll be there.


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The Remedy: LISTENING. Our videos are now LIVE!

July 18, 2016

There is no greater gift of the interwebs than bringing people together through the power to communicate: to listen and truly hear one another. We at Listen To Your Mother believe that through shared stories of Motherhood, we are all able to better understand each others’ cultures and realize how universal our struggles and joys can be. And so, we are happy to now be able to share our magnificently successful 2016 show videos with you.  We have had some time now to reflect on the power of our 2015 and 2016 productions in Rochester: people are still talking to us about how valuable, meaningful, and cathartic the stories they have heard are. We’re still meeting people–total strangers, friends of readers–who tell us they were there, cried and laughed with us, and feel that our show is becoming a part of their annual Mother’s Day weekend. (Personally, I love when people ask me […]

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LTYM Rochester 2016: That’s A Wrap!

May 16, 2016

We’re still taking it all in: the massive accomplishment that seventeen women, together, this year, that became the fabulous Listen To Your Mother Rochester show. The sheer bravery of our cast to put forth their truths–to audition, to read to us, to read to the public, their friends and family, and to strangers. The anticipation, for so many weeks, of this very night, when a hushed audience opened their hearts and listened. The excitement and release that comes with creating a meaningful evening, a new way to celebrate Motherhood. The joy of raising funds for local women, children, and families in need. The connections we have formed as a result of listening to each other. The resonance and the power of stories. The sisterhood and the community strength that results when people come together to do good. As you look at these beautiful pictures, courtesy of our hyper-local sponsor and LTYM photographer Debra […]

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Megaphone Sponsor- Writers & Books

May 5, 2016

Writers & Books is Rochester’s literary center that fosters and promotes reading and writing as lifelong activities. If you have ever been to Writers & Books, you know what an incredible place it is. They are the only local organization that focuses specifically on nurturing the literary arts in individuals and families through classes, workshops and programs that help readers and writers develop their skills at all levels. Writers & Book has something to offer for everyone, ages 5-105! They support and promote reading and writing in people of all ages and backgrounds, from the SummerWrite program for children, to memoir-writing and veterans groups for older members of the community. They engage our community through public readings and programs in schools and other settings, and they offer a large scholarship program so anyone have access their wide spectrum of programming. Writers & Books is a place for people to gather and share thoughts and ideas about […]

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