The local charitable cause that LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER San Francisco selected for our 2017 show is the Homeless Prenatal Program! We are proud to donate a portion of the show’s proceeds to this important organization.

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Selecting a charity that benefits mothers and children from the hundreds of worthy organizations in the Bay Area is a truly daunting task, but the more we learned about the Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP), the more Janine and I knew that this was the organization for LTYM San Francisco’s charitable cause.

There is nothing complicated or mystifying about HPP, the power of this program is the simplicity of its mission: to break the cycle of childhood poverty through partnership with families: “By seizing the motivational opportunity created by pregnancy and parenthood, HPP joins with families to help them recognize their strengths and trust in their capacity to transform their lives.”

More On the Homeless Prenatal Program

HPP proudly states that no family is ever turned away. This organization not only serves the homeless, they help anyone that can benefit from their services, as long as that family has a child 17 years or younger. This organization is deeply committed to their clients, stating:

  • We believe that people can change and they want a better life for themselves and their children.
  • Every mother wants to deliver a healthy baby and become a good parent.
  • HPP honors diversity ands respects the culture and dignity of each family.

Uniquely, the Homeless Prenatal Program holds themselves to the highest of standards, “addressing the larger issues in society to create change” by fighting “racism, poverty, sexism and homophobia and all forms of oppression.” Not only this, but HPP invests in the community they serve by “hiring and training individuals from the target population.”

Most impressive of all, however, is that the philosophy of the Homeless Prenatal Program translates into tangible individual and community successes:

“Many of our successes are quantifiable. For example, more than 90% of children born to HPP clients are born healthy (of normal weight and drug free). More than 80% of our Community Health Worker Training Program participants graduate, and more than 90% of the graduates secure meaningful, family-sustaining jobs in community based organizations within 30 days. In addition, more than 400 families each year are able to obtain permanent housing with our assistance.”

LTYM’s Mission

LTYM’s mission includes supporting parents and communities in both creative and tangible ways. The benefits of LTYM reach beyond the audience and cast, with a portion of the proceeds from all nationwide 2017 productions going to local community charitable causes supporting mothers and families.


You’re Invited To An Evening of Fun & Fundraising!

Before our big show in May, we would like to invite everyone in the Bay Area to join us at Patxi’s Pizza in Greenbrae on Wednesday April 19th from 6-9pm! This event is open to the public and is part of Patxi’s 52 Weeks of Giving Program, where Patxi’s will generously donate 10% of the entire day’s proceeds to The Homeless Prenatal Program! Come meet LTYM cast members from the past 6 years, hang out with the directorial team, have some great food and give back to an important cause. Hope to see you there!

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San Francisco Has A Cast!

by Tarja on March 13, 2017

After three days of auditions all over the Bay Area, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER San Francisco 2017 has a cast! We listened to people share a piece of themselves in San Francisco…

The San Francisco Public Library: Day 1

The San Francisco Public Library: Day 1

In Oakland, with space provided by our sponsor, DanSpace…

DanSpace Oakland: Day 2

DanSpace Oakland: Day 2

and wrapping it up at space provided by our sponsor, The Hivery, in Mill Valley…

With Grace, Founder of The Hivery: Day 3

With Grace, Founder of The Hivery: Day 3

I don’t know what it was about the 2017 auditions, but they were magical. My entire team felt it – can you tell in the photos? We loved every single second of the funny, the heart-breaking, the relatable. Mary, Janine and I were touched to the core by each story and the courage of our readers to stand before us and find their voice.

Of course, when the auditions ended, the true work began. With a showtime of only 90 minutes and 11 cast spots available, the only thing that got us through the selection process was caffeine, in every available form.


Our talented cast hails from all over the Bay Area and you will be blown away when you hear them on May 13th! Without further ado…

The cast of the 6th Annual San Francisco LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER 2017 show:









(members of the directorial team will be reading too)

Tickets to our 7:00pm performance on Saturday, May 13th at the JCC-SF will go on sale April 1st! Stay tuned for that announcement as well as cast bios. 

A big welcome to our new cast!

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Thoughts on Casting

February 27, 2017

This Saturday we’ll go to the main branch of the San Francisco public library for our first of three days of auditions. Did we remember to bring a copy of last year’s program for the people waiting their turn to audition? Did we bring a copy of the Listen To Your Mother anthology? (And will the library try to re-shelve it the way they did last year?) It marks one of my favorite parts of the Listen To Your Mother season. When the auditioners come—who are often but not always women and often but not always mothers—we sit and we listen. Each story stands on its own—each one a shining star, beating, glowing, vibrating. Something started out as an idea, a image, a conflict, something that kept nudging its way in someone’s brain until that person put it on paper to give it life and then chose to share it with us. For me, it’s like […]

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Audition Day! Harriet’s Story

February 21, 2017

Submissions are officially closed and LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER San Francisco is rolling ahead to our  auditions in Oakland, Mill Valley and San Francisco! Janine, Mary and I were blown away by the quality of essays this year. Thank you to everyone who bared a piece of their soul and please believe me when I say that each and every story was recognized and appreciated. As always, it was very difficult culling it down to the next level of auditions. For those of you getting ready to read your work aloud to us, no doubt you’re feeling excited, nervous, jittery. Maybe even terrified. A little sick to your stomach. We get it. It’s one thing to reveal yourself on paper and it’s another to give life to it with your voice. Harriet Heydemann, one of our talented 2016 cast members, shares her audition day experience with us – and how her lucky charm […]

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Where Will the #SanFrancisco Show Be? The Big Reveal!

February 15, 2017

Janine and I are so excited to reveal the venue of the LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER San Francisco 2017 show! For this grand finale season, we needed to grow. We needed a theater that could accommodate all of our alumnae from the past five years, our enthusiastic sponsors, and most importantly, our friends, family and communities. We searched high and low, for the first time looking outside the city of San Francisco itself. After looking at virtually every option, we have truly come full circle. Back to the city, the center of the Bay Area. Back to the very venue in which I, myself, performed as a Listen To Your Mother 2013 cast member. Back to the spectacular Kanbar Hall at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco! This theater brings back such good memories and holds such a special place in LTYM San Francisco history. It’s easily accessible by public transportation, has […]

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