We are floored! We received a record number of submissions this year — over 90 stories from all different walks of life. So many points of view and writing styles and snippets of life. We laughed. We cried. And then we had to narrow it down. Which made us cry some more. We were overwhelmed by the volume of essays and touched to the core by the variety of stories that ranged from tributes to your mothers to the tribulations of motherhood.
Due to the enormous number of submissions, unfortunately we weren’t be able to offer an audition to each author. As writers ourselves, we are all too familiar with the process of writing, revising, submitting, waiting, and then finally getting that news: “due to the enormous number of submissions . . . ” But as editors and active members of the writing community we also believe that there is a home for every piece.
(Ann Imig, LTYM founder, has a short-but-sweet post about casting the LTYM shows — she compares it to building a quilt, emphasizing that it isn’t about the individual pieces, it’s how the stories fit together to make a whole.)
Thank you for giving us such wonderful material to choose from as we begin auditions to select the 13 stories that will make up the 2015 San Francisco production of Listen To Your Mother on May 9th 7:30pm at the Brava Theatre.
Because inside you is a story about motherhood.
Maybe it’s about your mom. Or it’s about being a mom. Or maybe it’s about not being a mom or not having one. But it’s a story. It could be in a journal or a blog post or it could be something that’s just floating around in your head. But it’s a story that you need to commit to paper—first and foremost for yourself. Because amazing things happen when we write down our stories. It fortifies our memories. It helps us process the crappy things that happen to us and helps us absorb the wonderful moments of our lives.
But most of all, you have to write down that story, because if you don’t, you’ll lose it.
And then, after you write it down, that story becomes A Concrete Thing in the World. And as such, it can be crafted and shaped and cut down to 800 words (or embellished to 800 words). And now it’s something to share with others. Like us!
We want your story. Email your word doc or pdf to firstname.lastname@example.org
What are we looking for?
We’re looking for a variety of stories that pay tribute to motherhood told from the viewpoint of a variety of storytellers. After we’ve received all the submissions (deadline is February 15th), we’ll send out audition information. Note: not all submissions will be guaranteed an audition spot.
How will we cast the show?
Of course we won’t know what we have to choose from until all the submissions are in, but we do know we want to have a smorgasbord of stories that covers the spectrum. We’re not going to have ten heart-breaking stories about loss and love flanked by three silly ones about baby poop. So please keep that in mind if your wonderful story isn’t chosen. It’s possible to write something heart-breaking or breath-taking or knee-slapping or worthy of awards and still not be a good fit for the show.
But you won’t know until you share it with us.
Just remember that sharing your writing is like sharing your chocolate. It doesn’t always come naturally, but it’s a great way to make friends.