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Cast Spotlight: Bridgette and Shea!

by Tarja on April 17, 2017

Happy Easter, Passover, Full Moon, and International Moment of Laughter Day (that’s real, look it up)!

Next weekend is our second rehearsal and I can’t wait to see our cast again. Post cards have been printed and the excitement is building for this last great Listen To Your Mother San Francisco show. You bought your tickets, right? Don’t wait until the week before when the price goes up.

Photo courtesy of Ian Tuttle

Photo courtesy of Ian Tuttle

And now, the second in our Cast Spotlight series, I would like to introduce you to Bridgette and Shea! Bridgette comes to us all the way from Sacramento and Shea hails from Janine’s own neighborhood in the East Bay.



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Bridgette White is a mother of two, writer, blogger, leather crafter and walking contradiction. She writes about her struggles with depression, motherhood, travel, creativity and body image. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Mamalode, Scary Mommy and Mighty Girl. She was a 2013 cast member in the Listen to Your Mother Sacramento show and can currently be found staring out the windows of various coffee shops as she writes her first novel.



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Shea Gilbert is a Southern-born transplant to the Bay Area. She is passionate about faith, children, relationships and how they all intersect. Her home is with her husband and four kids in the east bay, where in her “spare time” she is a substitute teacher in her kids’ elementary school. She strives to to live life fully while also living with metastatic cancer. Shea writes about all of these things at


And for all of our friends and fans in the Bay Area, we hope you’ll join us this Wednesday, April 19th at Patxi’s Pizza in Greenbrae! Stop on by anytime from 6pm-9pm, grab a drink and some food, come with friends or the whole family – it’s all for a good cause: 10% of purchases during the entire day go to benefit the LTYM SF 2017 charitable cause, the Homeless Prenatal Program. **We welcome donations too! Please see HPP’s website for donation questions.

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Cast Spotlight: Laurin and Nina!

by Tarja on April 5, 2017

We are approaching one month from our grand finale show date of Saturday, May 13th! Janine and I are busy printing postcards, designing programs, and gearing up for our second rehearsal.

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Did you miss our last post? Tickets are finally on sale! Woo-hoo! Please click HERE to go to our ticket sales link. We do expect to sell out again this year, so don’t wait. Need another reason to buy your tickets now? The price goes up one week before the show, so take advantage of early bird pricing.

Without further ado, let’s get going with our first Cast Spotlight post! Please meet Laurin Mayeno and Nina Vincent.



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Laurin Mayeno is a consultant, educator, and author of One of a Kind, Like Me/Único como yo. Her son Danny, who loved dressing up as a princess, helped her see the importance of supporting young people who aren’t limited by gender boxes. She has worked with agencies, schools, and community groups to create supportive environments for young people across the gender spectrum and their families.



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Nina Vincent‘s articles on trans-racial adoption have been published in  Adoption Today, Adoption Mosaic, Adoptive Families Magazine, and Adoption Voices Magazine. Nina is mother to step, and birth sons, and to her transgender, Mayan son born in Guatemala. Nina’s work in Oaxaca Mexico with street children, and in the USA in a group home setting also inform her writing and experience with adolescent children. Nina is currently working on a Middle Grade fiction series that follows several children searching for answers to their racial, and cultural identities.


Look for the second in our Cast Spotlight series next week!

Happy Spring,

Tarja and Janine

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Tickets Are On Sale For Our Grand Finale Show!

April 1, 2017

People have been emailing us. And going in vain to the theater box office. But today is the day we can officially say…TICKETS ARE ON SALE!   Now is the time to buy your tickets to our grand finale show, which will be on Saturday, May 13th at 7:00 pm at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco! Please click HERE to go to the ticket link. We have sold out for the past three years, and anticipate selling out again for this last big show. Please note, early bird ticket pricing ends May 6th (one week before the show) and then the price goes up. We cannot wait to rock your Mother’s Day weekend with 11 powerful, amazing stories. See you there, Tarja, Janine, and Mary by

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The Hivery Returns As A Sponsor (and Has A Special Offer For You!)

March 28, 2017

Janine and I are so excited to announce that The Hivery is returning as a 2017 sponsor of LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER San Francisco! Founded by Grace Kraaijvanger in early 2014, The Hivery is “an inspiration lab and coworking space” defined by human connection, specifically, the connection between women: “The Hivery is a unique place because first and foremost, we believe in the unstoppable power of women who support each other. More important than individual businesses, or personal journeys, The Hivery always seeks to foster the gift of inclusion, welcoming all who believe in support, kindness, and the creation of meaningful work.” For Grace, this definition of “work” is broad and tied to happiness and fulfillment. It can mean traditional or unconventional; corporate or entrepreneurial; it can mean big, crazy dreams or the small spark of an idea. Whatever your work is, whatever you want your work to be, whatever you are searching for, […]

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Come Together: Our First Rehearsal With the 2017 Cast!

March 24, 2017

After a year of planning, booking the event space, spreading the word about submissions, holding auditions and selecting the cast comes my favorite part of the whole process, the first rehearsal! When the voices of 11 stories come together from Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento, Berkley, and Mill Valley and meet for the first time. Come together right now over cheese and chocolate. Come together right now over my story and your story and her story. Come together over laughter and tears, smiles and silence. Come together over motherhood: the beauty and the beast. Last Sunday, we met at The Hivery, a collaborative and creative coworking space where women can pursue their work, passions, ideas and what’s next. The Hivery is a major sponsor of Listen To Your Mother and we can’t thank Grace, the Founder, enough for providing such a beautiful coming together space. On Saturday, May 13th at 7:00pm, I hope you’ll come […]

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