Join Us at the Brava Theater on 5/9/15 at 7:30PM!

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 Auditions Are Over!

2015-03-10_11-48-07_888We heard amazing pieces at three libraries in diverse parts of the San Francisco Bay Area. Our first day was at the Temescal Library in Oakland, an historic building in an area that’s been transitioning into a hipster hangout over the last few years. The second day was in the Main Library of San Francisco, a modern glass and concrete building that borders a gritty neighborhood known as the Tenderloin. Our last day was in bucolic Mill Valley where readers looked out large glass windows to a grove of redwood trees.

We wish we were able to cast many more of the talented storytellers we met through the audition process. But we only have 90 minutes. And only 13 spots. And we agonized over each and every decision that was made.

We Have A Cast!

Our fabulous cast hails from the all over the Bay Area and beyond. Their stories are rich and poignant, beautiful and hilarious. We can’t wait for you to hear them. In the meantime, you can read about them here.

Tanya Bloch
KC Chapek
Nicholas Cravotta
Vicki DeArmon
Naomi Goldner
Mary Hill
Sheri Hoffmann
Grace Kraaijvanger
Regina Louise
Doris Ober
Julie Schmit
Wendy Spero
Thea Sullivan

 

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Our May 9th show at the Brava Theater is rapidly approaching! Purchase your tickets now using the link below:

http://www.brava.org/current-shows/current-shows/listen-your-mother/#.VQeklELSdbx

 

 

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I guess in the olden days, you just wrote stuff on a piece of paper and brought it with you and that was that.

But we were a flurry of emails and texts.

I brought the water. Do we need a tablecloth?

Did you bring extra audition forms?

I brought the chocolate for audtioners.

Does the library have wifi?

Are you bringing tape? Who’s got the tissues?

I have the chocolate for us!

I found parking!

doesn’t it just look like a library?

Our first audition was at the Temescal branch of the Oakland public library. I love this library and not just because it’s across the street from my favorite place to get chicken-and-jalapeño-coleslaw sandwiches. The Temescal branch, originally called the Tilden branch, is a Carnegie library. That means it’s very old. It also means it’s very small. Which for us was good. It meant that there weren’t too many places to hide in the shelves as one by one we called storytellers downstairs to the meeting room to treat us to a story.

You always hear that: “It was such a treat to read/hear all these stories about motherhood.”

I’ll be honest. I always rolled my eyes a little when I’ve heard that—just a little. Really? A treat? Not exhausting? Because 16 hours of auditions sounds exhausting. Even if it is spread out over three days.

But here’s what you have to imagine: this isn’t 16 hours of people reading passages from arcane Victorian novels. This is storytime for grownups. The storytellers are talking about loved ones (and in some cases, not-so-loved ones). And it’s not a conversation—so they tell their stories differently.

Sometimes they smile when they talk about their families, as if they are holding a laugh inside one cheek. Or sometimes, just before divulging a heart-breaking moment, they’ll pause. And you can see it. They’re remembering.  

If you look carefully, you can see them hold the memory in their mind’s eye as they talk. And you feel like you’re there—holding that grandmother’s hand, or looking into that child’s eyes. Sometimes you listen and you can’t breathe—you’re not sure what’s going to happen. Or sometimes you can’t breathe because you do know what’s going to happen.

It’s riveting. It’s why we bring the tissues. And quite frankly, it’s also why you hand out the chocolate.

 

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Pre-audition Jitters . . . for us!

March 9, 2015

‘Twas the night before our final day of auditions and all I can think about is Thanksgiving. Specifically, the Thanksgiving when a very dear friend with a very tiny kitchen offered to cook all the side dishes for our gaggle of friends on the condition that I provide the turkey, the china, and the dining room. It turned out that 2005 was a starch-free year for my friend and in place of rolls, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie, she served an arugula-and-endive salad with a cranberry vinaigrette, a butternut-squash bisque (a nod to the gourd family, I suppose) and chocolate cheesecake. Which meant that the next year was a potluck event—and everybody brought potatoes and pumpkin pie. We had garlic mashed potatoes, potatoes mashed with the skins on, scalloped potatoes, sweet potatoes, and even purple potatoes. We had homemade pumpkin pie, pumpkin pie-from-a-can, store-bought pie, and pumpkin pie from a fancy bakery. I think […]

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Update: Submissions Are In–Auditions to Begin Soon!

February 27, 2015

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 […]

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Why You Should Submit to Listen To Your Mother

January 30, 2015

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 […]

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