It’s hard to believe, but Listen To Your Mother (LTYM) is back in the Bay Area for a fifth year!

Photo courtesy of Ian Tuttle, Porcupine Photography

Photo courtesy of Ian Tuttle, Porcupine Photography

Janine Kovac and Mary Hill, two of the amazing directors and producers from last year will return and I am honored to join them! My name is Tarja Parssinen: former LTYM cast member, two-time LTYM audience member, mom to two little boys, writer, performer, all-around ham, never a turkey. Janine, Mary and I were first brought together through a group of mother-writers, and we are so excited to help others raise their voices and share their stories of motherhood.


For those who don’t know, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER features live readings by local writers on the beauty, the beast, and the barely-rested of motherhood in celebration of Mother’s Day. Each production is directed, produced, and performed by local communities, for local communities, and a portion of ticket proceeds is given to a local charity that in turns supports local mothers and children.

In exciting news, LTYM is now an international celebration of motherhood, with 41 participating cities in the United States and – for the first time – Canada! Go on and watch the announcement video. I dare you not to feel the feelings.

What’s next? The most important part: YOU.

Are you a mother? Do you have a mother? Do you know a mother? We want your stories! Submissions will open in January. Stay tuned! We’ll post our official call, as well as audition dates, rehearsal dates, and our performance date here.

For all things LTYM, we encourage you to subscribe to our monthly newsletter  and follow on FacebookInstagramPinterest, and Twitter. And then of course, there is the LTYM Anthology and the 1500 videos from past seasons on our LTYMShow YouTube channel.

Giving motherhood a microphone in the Bay,

Tarja, Janine and Mary


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Listen To Your Mother San Francisco – Watch the Videos!

by mariannelonsdale on July 14, 2015

For those of you who came and saw but need a little LTYM fix . . .

For those of you who hail from far away and want to hear your friend/daughter/son/sister/brother/mom/dad read . . .

For those who just loooooove to hear stories . . .

The videos from our May 2015 show are up!  Check out the playlist below.


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Thanks To All Of You Who Filled The Seats! And Our Hearts!

May 22, 2015

Thanks To All of You Who Filled The Seats! And Our Hearts! Thanks so much for your support of Listen To Your Mother San Francisco! Cast and crew had a fabulous experience, and nearly lifted off the stage when you gave us a standing ovation. And in addition to all the fun, we are grateful to donate 10% of ticket sales to Elizabeth House. Elizabeth House ( is a transitional program for women with children who have experienced homelessness, violence, addiction, and/or poverty.   Here’s what Director Janine Kovac emailed to the cast the day after the show: Every single one of you was FAN-FRIGGIN-TASTIC! I get the chills just thinking about it. Just a fraction of my favorite moments: Mary’s face just before we went on stage when the lights went down and the audience started clapping. Grace, so poised and teeing up the evening. People laughing their butts off during Vicki’s piece […]

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ToyHouse Joins the Listen To Your Mother San Francisco Family

May 9, 2015

We are thrilled to welcome ToyHouse as a Megaphone Sponsor for our show! ToyHouse is an independent, locally-owned, specialty toy and gift store in Mill Valley. They offer high quality toys, games, jewelry, and gift items for children ages 0 to 14 and anyone young at heart!  Their toys and games promote play, learning, development and imagination.  ToyHouse is filled with fun for the whole family. A beloved destination for kids and adults alike, Toyhouse promises to help you find the perfect gift whether for a special occasion or just because. Click here for hours and location. Thank you ToyHouse for you generous support of Listen To Your Mother San Francisco! by

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Cast Spotlights: Meet Grace and Mary

May 8, 2015

Cast Spotlights: Meet Grace and Mary Say hello to the last of our cast to appear here!  Don’t you wish you could hang out with this interesting cast of characters?  Wait, you can!  Be at The Brava theatre at 7 pm tomorrow night!   Grace Kraaijvanger is founder of The Hivery, a collaborative women’s work lab and co-working space, centered around helping women explore, identify, and create meaningful work. As a former professional ballet and modern dancer, Grace’s career began with the very fortunate experience of doing work that she loved and was passionate about. As her career has evolved from dancer to mother to marketer to founder of a women’s collaborative work lab, she has always been committed to the mission of inspiring women to pursue those things that instill creativity, passion, and purpose. It is with this commitment, that she is honored to be part of the LTYM cast. Favorite writing spot: […]

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