Join Us at the Brava Theater on 5/9/15 at 7:30PM!

Click here for LTYM: San Francisco submission information.

San Francisco Show Date and Call for Submissions!

by Janine Kovac on January 7, 2015

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER San Francisco is thrilled to announce that our 4th annual show will take place on Saturday, May 9th at 7:30 p.m. at the Brava Theater in San Francisco’s Mission District. The Brava Theater Center is operated by Brava for Women in the Arts, a professional arts organization whose mission is to “produce, present, and cultivate the artistic expression of women, people of color, youth, LGBTQ and other unheard voices.”

Now, all we need is YOU. San Francisco directors are seeking a diverse collection of local writers to read their words about motherhood. People of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels are invited to submit their work. Everyone has a mother story, whether you are a mother or not. Click here to read our submission guidelines.

Send us your original, humorous, poignant, painful, joyful and soulful words on mothers or mothering to by Sunday, February 15th. Please include your submission as an attachment (pdf or word doc). (Please also email us with questions or if you are in need of encouragement!) Each piece should be 5 minutes or less (about 800 words) when read aloud. Please note that we are using a two-part selection process. The first step is submitting your essay via email. The second step is an audition. Audition details will be sent via email after you submit your piece.

Deadline for submissions:  Sun. February 15th


* Tues. March 3rd, Oakland Temescal Library

* Sat. March 7th, San Francisco Public Library

* Tues. March 10th, Mill Valley Library

Rehearsals: Sun. March 22nd and Sun. April 26th

Show Date:  Sat. May 9th, 7:30 p.m.



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Listen To Your Mother Returns to San Francisco in 2015!

by Janine Kovac on December 1, 2014

Listen To Your Mother (LTYM) returns to San Francisco in 2015 for a fourth fabulous year!

Announcing the LTYM producing and directorial debut of Laurel HiltonMarianne Lonsdale, Janine Kovac, and Mary Hill. We spend our not-so spare time writing with other moms and sharing stories of motherhood. We’re excited and honored to carry the LTYM torch for the Bay Area!

First order of business is to offer a virtual round of applause to Kim Thompson Steel and Kirsten Patel who brought the LTYM megaphone to San Francisco three years ago and produced three fantastic and inspiring shows. Our announcement wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t thank them for the nurturing way they collected submissions and listened to scores of mothers (and a couple of dads) share their stories. Thank you! 

What is LTYM?

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.

Born of the creative work of mothers who publish on-line, each production is directed, produced, and performed by local communities, for local communities. A portion of ticket proceeds is given to a local charity that in turns supports local mothers and children.

What’s Next?

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.

San Francisco is one of 39 cities participating in this nation-wide celebration of motherhood.

You can view the 2015 national LTYM announcement here.

ONE EPIC BOOK!! (Pre-order now)

The LTYM anthology comes out on April 7th, 2015 and you can pre-order it from one of these vendors today!


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2014 Video Release

August 5, 2014

  It is hard to believe that the 2014 Listen To Your Mother season is behind us, and that the video release of 32 cities worth of shows is now live on YouTube.  I was just at Blogher 2014 last week and was so grateful to help out at the Open Mic hosted by Ann Imig – it was this event four years ago that prompted me to apply to co-direct the first San Francisco show in 2012 with Kirsten.  We thank all of you for coming along on this ride with us each year. We are so grateful to our 2014 cast – each one of them not only talented storytellers but open-hearted, generous people.  We feel lucky to know them and are proud to share the videos of each of their readings here.  If you couldn’t be at our show in May, here is the next best thing! In the order […]

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It’s A Wrap!

May 17, 2014

On May 3rd, we took the stage at the Brava Theater Center with our 11 brave cast members who charmed the audience with their stories of the joy, heartbreak, and rollercoaster ride of motherhood. That amazing night would not have been possible without the support of our national LTYM sponsors BlogHer and Chevy, as well as our local sponsors C&H Realty and ITK Culinary. Our sincere appreciation to Inez Whitlow from Chicks in Crisis for her support of Listen To Your Mother.  10% of ticket proceeds from our well-attended show go to support this great cause. Visit their website to learn more about all the good they are doing to support troubled teens and mothers in the Bay Area and beyond. We are grateful to our husbands, Jeetil Patel and Damian Steel as well as our kids: Macy, Avery, Anders, and Sophie who keep us laughing (and crying) and provide us with endless material.  Our thanks also go out […]

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Cast Spotlight – Jessica O’Dwyer

May 1, 2014

We are back with our last (but certainly not least!) spotlight on cast member Jessica O’Dwyer. Jessica is the mother of two children, ages 12 and 9. She moved to the Bay Area from San Diego in 2001 to marry her husband. Apparently her husband express-mailed her a loaf of hand-baked bread while they were dating long distance…. we’d move in those circumstances too! She is bi-coastal as she grew up at the Jersey shore and also lived for a time in Los Angeles. Jessica’s published memoir, Mamalita, is about the six months she spent in Antigua, Guatemala while adopting her daughter. She says the best gift she has ever given someone is that book, to her parents. She is a member of the writing group, the Write On Mamas, which is where she first heard about LTYM.  (The Write On Mamas have a new anthology just published, to which Jessica contributed some […]

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