Listen To Your Mother (#LTYM) will return to the Bay Area in 2017 for a 6th year!

Photo courtesy of Ian Tuttle

Photo courtesy of Ian Tuttle

This marks the grand finale season of LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER, not just in the San Francisco Bay Area, but nationwide. After eight years from its origin in Madison, Wisconsin with our Founding Director, Ann Imig, this important storytelling movement will follow the old theater adage of “leave them wanting more” and close its curtains for the last time next May. I know I speak for my whole team when I say we  are deeply honored to have a been a part of bringing LTYM to San Francisco.


For those who don’t know, 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. Each production is directed, produced, and performed by local communities, for local communities, and a portion of ticket proceeds is given to a local charity that in turn supports local mothers and children.

Our last season will be our best, with 33 participating cities! Check out this fantastic grand finale video announcement.


To watch our 2017 season video announcement click here

Big News For the Bay Area!

I will return for the 2017 season with my dynamite team from last year, co-director and producer Janine Kovac and associate director Mary Hill! We are thrilled to announce that next year, our show will be performed in Marin County! Does this mean our submissions and auditions will change? NO. We will continue to look for a diversity of voices from every corner of the Bay Area and continue to hold auditions in San Francisco, Oakland and Marin.

What’s next? The most important part: YOU.

Are you a mother? Do you have a mother? Do you know a mother? We want your stories! Submissions will open in January 2017. Stay tuned! We’ll post our official call, as well as audition dates, rehearsal dates, and our performance date here.

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Giving motherhood a microphone in the Bay,

Tarja, Janine and Mary

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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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