Did you miss our Mother’s Day show at The Brava Theater? Now you can watch our stories on YouTube!

This year, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER gave motherhood a microphone in 41 cities — over 500 stories told, with thousands of live-listeners in audiences across the U.S. and Canada.

Photo courtesy of Ian Tuttle

Photo courtesy of Ian Tuttle

Here in San Francisco, in true #LTYM tradition, hundreds of folks gathered at The Brava to listen to a diverse cast share their humorous, moving, and profound words. You can watch the 2016 San Francisco show by clicking this playlist.

With heartfelt thanks and enormous gratitude to our 2016 cast and production team, and to our North American sponsors SheKnows #BlogHer16Luvs, and local sponsors Handcrafted Mindfulness, MV Code Club, Gina Risso Photography, Equator Coffees & Teas, Edward’s Salon and our photographer Ian Tuttle.

We also invite you to experience voices from our shows all across North America featuring powerful true stories that capture all facets of contemporary parenting (as well as stories about our own upbringing) including very timely personal narratives given the recent events in Orlando, Baton Rouge, Shaker Heights, and Dallas. On the Listen To Your Mother YouTube channel we feature a variety of playlists by topic, and for 2016 we’ve added two new playlists–one with stories about race, and another with stories from LGBTQ families.

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On May 6th at the Brava Theater, 11 storytellers took the stage with power and grace, captivating a sold-out audience with the complexities and the realities of motherhood.

For Mary, Janine and myself, the 2016 Listen To Your Mother season went beyond our wildest expectations. Producing and directing this show is a lesson in navigation: we will guide this vessel to the very best of our abilities, but at the end of the day, our voyage depends on the power of the stories, the connection of cast members – to themselves, to us, and to the audience, and a very complex algorithm involving star alignment and magic.

Spoiler Alert: the magic worked.

Photo courtesy of Ian Tuttle

Photo courtesy of Ian Tuttle

It was such a powerful evening, and as my friend Kim told me after the show, the stories opened the door for deeper conversations, for people to connect with each other on new levels. And because we filled the theater, we were able to donate that much more our charitable cause, Oakland Elizabeth House.

Janine, Mary and I would like to thank our amazing cast for their powerhouse performances. It was a privilege working with each of you and accompanying you on this journey.

We would like to thank Ian Tuttle for capturing each moment of the night with his beautiful photography.

Photo courtesy of Ian Tuttle

Photo courtesy of Ian Tuttle

A big thank you to BlogHer & SheKnows Experts Among Us, our North American media sponsor, and of course, to our fabulous local sponsors, without whose support the show wouldn’t have been possible:

  1. Handcrafted Mindfulness
  2. MV Code Club
  3. Edward’s Salon
  4. Freeland Cooper & Foreman
  5. Gina Risso Photography
  6. Equator Coffees & Teas

Thank you to Sara Marshall Flowers for our gorgeous on-stage arrangements! And to Elizabeth at Riva Letterpress for her perfect gifts of letterpress stationary to our cast! Thank you to Sports Basement, DanSpace and The Hivery for audition and rehearsal space! And of course, to Nancy Davis Kho of Midlife Mixtape, for being the best emcee a show could have!

As Willie Nelson sang, “Turn out the lights, the party’s over.”

Until next year, San Francisco.

XOXO

Photo courtesy of Ian Tuttle

Photo courtesy of Ian Tuttle

 

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Our Show Is Today! And Mother’s Day Gifts!

May 6, 2016

Our show is today. (dramatic pause) OUR SHOW IS TODAY! This is pretty much how we feel: Janine, Mary and I are so excited to unveil the powerful stories of our talented cast. Tonight at the Brava Theater in San Francisco will truly be best way to start your Mother’s Day Weekend. Speaking of Mother’s Day, you got your mom a gift, right? I mean, besides treating her to our show? Well, if not, we’ve got you covered. Available for sale in the lobby, before and after the show, will be an array of books by our cast members – first and foremost of which is the critically-acclaimed anthology LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now. It is a thought-provoking, hilarious collection of personal essay, featuring #1 bestselling authors Jennifer Weiner and Jenny Lawson, and many other notable writers including LTYM 2013 alum and our emcee for the night, […]

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The Power of Perseverance: One Cast Member’s Story

May 3, 2016

With only three more days until 5th annual show, I am doing a lot of deep breathing, making lists, and sugar-binging. The 2016 LTYM journey will culminate for this cast of 11 on Friday. How did they all get here? What was their journey? Recently, one of our cast members, Pamela Alma Weymouth, reflected on how she came to LTYM. Through sheer tenacity and talent and the belief that her piece would eventually fit into the “quilt” of essays one year, became a part of our 2016 crew of wonders! I love this essay and I hope you do too. ___ Why Writers Need To Grow Alligator Skin: Or How I Got Into LTYM 2016 After 1,460 Days By Pamela Alma Weymouth I’ve recently been pushed up against my manifold flaws: my disorganization, my fear that my writing isn’t good enough, that I’m not as published as I should be by my age (“Why […]

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Sponsor Spotlight: Handcrafted Mindfulness (and a Gift For Readers!)

April 27, 2016

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER San Francisco 2016 is proud to announce Handcrafted Mindfulness as a local sponsor! In the words of Founder Lanny Mihardja James, “I’d like to share the experience of practicing mindfulness through handcrafting as a way to celebrate mothers, as well as an opportunity for mothers and daughters to do activities together. Handcrafting is something everyone all ages can do and brings people together.” WHAT IS HANDCRAFTED MINDFULNESS? Founded in 2014, Handcrafted Mindfulness is a beautiful, transformative business that helps people achieve a state of calm, relieve anxiety and live in the present, through the simple act of textile handcrafting, such as knitting, crocheting or embroidery. Knitting, actually, is what saved Lanny. After the wrenching death of her father, immediately followed by her beloved pet, Lanny was forced to take stock of her life: to evaluate what was important, how to honor and follow her heart, how to be closer […]

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