Listen To Your Mother Returns To the Bay Area For Grand Finale Season!

October 6, 2016

Listen To Your Mother (#LTYM) will return to the Bay Area in 2017 for a 6th year! 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. What is LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER? 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, […]

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Watch the 5th Annual San Francisco #LTYM show videos on YouTube!

July 14, 2016

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. 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 #BlogHer16, Luvs, 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 […]

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They Came, They Saw, They Listened: That’s A Wrap!

May 16, 2016

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. 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 […]

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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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